Oh, tufting. I love the look, but am turned off by the idea of doing it myself. There are so many ways to get it wrong and it's easy to do just that. So when I saw this little shortcut, I felt a little more encouraged to tackle the trend!
Is your beige sofa getting you down? Consider giving it a playful (and colorful) facelift!
Since we technically missed Makeover Monday, I'm making up for it with a Before and After of an awe-inspiring tufted Turkish couch. Even better,
Remember this? See how it transformed...
I was like a crazed maniac getting this stitched and buttoned, low slung, tangerine colored leg bench all ready for the guests. The pop of orange in the middle of the room ties the space together.
Here's how you make this cover:
- Determine where you want the vertical and horizontal stitching
- Determine where holes need to be drilled in the botton of the ottoman, drill large holes for the button twine to be pulled through and stapled tight
- Allow between 1/4" and 1/2" for the seams
- Chalk the horizontal fold lines in the fabric
- Pin the seams in place, horizontal first, and stitch
- Slide some tiny scissors inside the seam and cut the seam open, press with a hot iron
- Pin the vertical seams in place and stitch in place, cut the seams open and press
- Make enough covered buttons for the seam intersections
- Thread the buttons with folded twine
- Place the seamed fabric on top of the ottoman, aligning the drilled holes and intersection of seams
- Push large needle up through the ottoman and thread the twine through, pull down tight and staple twine in place, double back and staple again
- Once all buttons are pulled and stapled, staple the fabric in place around the ottoman
- Always start in the center of one side, moving outward towards corners, stopping 4 inches short of corners
- Move to the other long side and then the two short sides
- Fold corners like tight sheets and secure with staples.
Photo Image: BHG
Interior designer Kerri Gutekunst and her husband decided to give themselves a padded room in their San Diego home. My guess is that the blue vinyl squares were marked, cut and painstakingly sewn together before taking a little diagonal turn for some mid century jazzy movement.
Will October and the Halloween hoopla ever end? I need to feel the pressure to get these redecorating projects underway. The top two priorities are the yellow Flexsteel office chair from the 1960's. Purchased at Goodwill Outlet for .99, it will be recovered in a nice little modern red-orange fabric. The ottoman will be torn down and redressed in another red-orange, but this time the fabric will be stitched into symmetrical squares, button...
There are three new girls in Upholsteryville and they mean business. Janet (another Janet) learned how to make welt cord in about 5 minutes and is already putting together two boxed and corded cushion covers to be stuffed fluffily and placed on her cane back chairs. She has two more staple laden chairs so she wisely purchased weight lifting gloves to protect her hands while tearing down.
Tracey found a tufted cane back chair with nice little brass wheels to reupholster. Where did she find it? Out in the furniture stack in my garage. She even found a large remnant of fabric in my stash to cover it. Right here she's marking where the buttons will be attached in the diamond tufting.
Mother-to-be Anne is working diligently on a tufted back, fully upholstered rocker she is covering in white matlasse' (I know) for her nursery. She and Janet found the chair at Goodwill. It's a La-Z-boy brand but doesn't have a flip up leg rest. The nifty thing about La-Z-boys is that they come apart in upholstered component parts.
Anne was eyeing the very same type of chair at Pottery Barn Kids for over $800.00. She's going to love the fact that she reupholstered this herself and saved a bundle while having a great time doing it. BTW-She said she had never sewn before. She said she gets her creativity from her crafty mom. Aren't moms grand?!
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