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My first upholstery

Added Aug 27, 2011

by anuchka

Toronto, Canada






“Ok, now I know what I do differently with the upholstery next time in order to have it perfect”, I said, having stapled the fabric to the bottom of the couch.
“Perfect is the enemy of good”, my husband said. I could not agree more. I like my couch the way it is. It took me about a month, a couple of hours every day while my son slept I would work on the upholstery.
Basically, first you need to destaple old staff (this was the most tedious job ever). Then, you do the upholstery in reversed order to the destapling. Now it all seems SO easy. But, believe me, there was a time when I was literally sweating and cursing over this project.

Material Notes

Bella Dura – fabric from recycled materials.





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    Sep 25, 2011, 04.34 PMby patti-r

    Awesome! Very professional work. Matching the plaid was perfect!!!

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      Sep 28, 2011, 12.16 AMby anuchka

      Thank you)

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    Aug 28, 2011, 09.28 PMby japconst

    A job well done indeed! You’re brave to tackle such an enormous task – I guess, in the worse case scenario, you’ll just have a good excuse to go purchase a new couch! :D

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    Aug 28, 2011, 04.49 PMby Maudene Nelson

    Great job — looks professional!

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    Aug 28, 2011, 04.18 PMby suribabe

    Wat a great job. I dont think I could take on a big project like that. All the hard work has paid off thou.

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    Aug 28, 2011, 02.39 PMby keren

    It looks very professional! Of course you (the person who worked on it) see all the tiny imperfections because you spent hours on it, but you got the job done and it came out lovely! If you only do things perfect (nobody can) you won’t do anything at all. Give yourself some credit! Anyway, it looks great and probably won’t ever need to be redone! I wish I had the patience to upholster stuff like chairs… But it takes muscle and carpentry tools and I think I’ll just stay near my sewing machine :-D

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      Aug 28, 2011, 03.18 PMby anuchka

      Thank you for encouraging words)
      You’ll be surprised to know that upholstery does not require a lot of tools. I decided to start the project with just a hammer, stapler and pliers to get old staples out.
      Well, if you decide to use new foam and new layers, then, yes, you’ll need to spend more money on that.
      My couch has a very good sturdy base and practically new foam. So, the biggest investment in this couch was my time)

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    Aug 28, 2011, 02.15 PMby tamezdc

    You did a great job. I can not even imagine how frustrating it was for you to do it. The final product is great!

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    Aug 28, 2011, 01.37 PMby Lora Martinez

    WOW! you’ve done an excellent job. Upholstery is something I have been meaning to have a go at. I bought loads of fabric for my project but yet to start. Seeing what you have done with has boosted my enthusiasm to get started. Well worth the effort!!

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    • Mom_theo-2_large

      Aug 28, 2011, 03.09 PMby anuchka

      You go ahead! Don’t be afraid to ruin the fabric; just buy extra yards especially if it is fabric with pattern that needs to match.

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      Aug 28, 2011, 08.34 PMby Lora Martinez

      Thanks, yes I will. If you don’t mind me asking how many yards of fabric you used for your sofa? as I have one very similar to yours.

    • Mom_theo-2_large

      Aug 28, 2011, 09.37 PMby anuchka

      My couch is 2.03 m x 95 cm big. I bought 20 yards of fabric which included extra. It turned out to be just right. I ruined around 2-3 yards trying to match the pattern. The fabric was used all over the couch including both pillow sides for back and bum, plus layer under the seat, plus layer at the back of the couch.
      So, always purchase extra fabric because you don’t want to be short of it.

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    Aug 28, 2011, 10.59 AMby Adrienne Hendrix

    GREAT JOB!!! I know what you mean about the “sweating and cursing” as I too have done upholstery but on a much smaller scale. I did a childs chair which is posted on here. Even though it is a lot of hard work it is all worth it in the end. Here is to continued success in all you do. Happy Sewing!

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    • Mom_theo-2_large

      Aug 28, 2011, 03.07 PMby anuchka

      I agree that when you see the finished project, nicely done job boosts your ego)
      Ha! You know when I look at other furniture now, I go like “I could have easily done that”. May be it’s worth trying yourself at something more difficult at first and then go to something simpler?

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    Aug 28, 2011, 05.02 AMby Cynthia Froman


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    Aug 28, 2011, 04.45 AMby peaches2218

    It’s very clean. I like the unusual combination of a grid and a stripe. It works.

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    Aug 28, 2011, 12.52 AMby jadestar

    Wow! I wouldn’t know where to start. Great job.

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    Aug 27, 2011, 11.39 PMby gralo

    wow, that’s impressive.

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    Aug 27, 2011, 11.08 PMby max

    Wow! looks great!

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    Aug 27, 2011, 09.59 PMby teresa5562

    Great job, I would have to say it was well worth the sweat and cussing. Looks brand new off the showroom. A+

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    Aug 27, 2011, 09.30 PMby Aida Petre

    great job, and i know the part: “there was a time when I was literally sweating and cursing over this project”…the same tought run through my mind when I was doing my car seat covers….I started from scratch with the car seat covers…papers in the car and on the chairs for the pattern because I didn’t had any, multiple rides with the elevator from the apartment to the car and back…but for me it was worth it… anyway very nice couch :D

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      Aug 28, 2011, 03.00 PMby anuchka

      Yeah, you sweat a lot over the upholstery. Especially, if you’ve never done it before. It’ll get better with practice) Learning curve, isn’t it?

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