Thursday, April 7, 2011

Upholstery Class 8.9.10.

Oh haiiiiiiii. How are you? Welcome back. You look great.

So, I figured I should wrap up this upholstery class series. And. Wait for it. The chair is not finished. Gasp. I know. I'm super bummed. How will I ever finish without a pro to practically do half of the chair for me? What happened? How could I not finish? Well, there are a couple of reasons. One is that I skipped a class. Class 8. Stupid. I know. It was the day after our marathon moving adventure that ended at 3 am and I was pooped. But I probably wouldn't have finished anyway, the other reason being that all I have to do is look at a sewing machine and it either breaks or the bobbin is empty. Empty bobbin? Wha? I did not even know how to refill a bobbin. I do now. I think. Uhhhhhh. Me thinks I need some practice.

Anyway. Here's what I did get done.

Got the arms all padded up.

Cut the front of the arms out.

Learned how to sew welting and attached the welting to the arm fronts. Broke the sewing machine like five times.

Cut the fabric to cover the arms and then sewed the arm fronts onto the arm fabric.

Stuffed some cotton in the arm fronts and then tacked everything down tight.

Filled in any bumpy spots on the arm fronts then pulled it all tight and stapled it tight. Trimmed the extra fabric off.

Time to pad the back.

Step 1: essentially crumple extra cotton to cover back. This is a dense cotton layer. No holes. No high spots. Maybe crumple is the wrong way to describe it. Accordion fold? Yes, do that.

Then cover that layer with two flat layers of cotton. Staple the edges down along the top and sides.

Cut dow
n a piece of foam and mark the top center. The top center of the foam should line up with the top center of the chair.

Staple the foam around the cotton along the very inside edge along the top and sides. Tight tight tight. Then trim around the arms and tuck in.

And that's as far as I got. Lame, no? Although, I have been noticing a trend in unfinished looking maybe? No? Yeah, I don't think so either. Oh, and I think I will stop calling it the Christmas chair because I found this. And I love love the way that little love seat looks, so this could turn out well. I think.


  1. Wow! This is amazing! You're so talented. Love the green. :)

  2. You're too sweet. I must admit though, it's a lot more "monkey see, monkey do", not so much to do with any talent I have. :)