Friday, February 15, 2013

Upholstery Project Complete

In January I shared the post 2013 Kickoff, highlighting my efforts to reupholster a chair and ottoman.

We bought this chair almost 10 years ago with the intention of having it recovered.  It was always in the back of my mind to try making a slipcover.

Like many good intentions the chair remained in it's original, ratty state but became a favorite down in L.'s Man Cave as his commander chair.

Before L. left for the spring semester he helped me open up the bottom and retie the springs plus calculate and pick out the new fabric.

 Since, I have worked steadily on cutting, pinning, sewing and recycling all piping and the zipper for the re-do.

Here, two months later, is the completed chair.  It has come together better than I anticipated.

The cushion gave me the most trouble with several seams ripped out and resewn but that was to get a better fit.  And, as in most projects I can sit and see all the problem areas, but for my first upholstery project I am quite pleased.
The ottoman has yet to be done falling to #2 on the sewing list.  There's a t-shirt quilt on the cutting table.

My new year list of minor home repairs is slowly being accomplished but the call of the sewing machine was too loud to ignore.

There isn't another furniture project in the near future, I'm still gauging how much I enjoyed the process, but the possibility exists.

What are you working on?


  1. WOW, my hat is off to you.....I have wanted to try upholstering a piece of furniture but never got the nerve.....

    You did a great job; I am impressed with your talents....

  2. Awesome where is my excuse for not having my finished and I started months before you???....LOL Enjoy the works of your is great!

  3. Congrats to you. Like most Wisconsinites, I am fed up with winter. We have 6 birthdays within a four week time period, so I have had some sewing projects to occupy chunks of time, but it still doesn't appease the desire for warmth and outdoors. I did snowshoe a couple times but then we got ice. Just came back from spending a night with our daughter, her husband and their 2yr old girl. Lizzie is like a constant hug, no matter what she is doing. Her demeanor and voice are pure delight! Tonight it is cake and ice cream for three who have birthdays this week.

  4. What type of material did you use? Is it designed to hold up and clean up good? Looks great...congrats!!

  5. Wow! Way to go on that project!
    Want to come do-over our couch now?

  6. Congratulations on completing your very impressive uphoslstery project. What a lovely job! I wish I had half your talent.

    Oh, I'm working on writing projects and trying not to think about all the housework that needs to get done before the graduation/confirmation parties this spring.

  7. Woaah! great work and congratulations for completing it. i got an idea from your project to deal with the upholstery's we replaced few days ago

  8. I think you're very ambitious and brave, tackling a project like this. Good for you.

  9. Thanks for sharing your project with us! I'm not working on anything quite so ambitious, but have several writing projects in the works. And odds and ends for taxes. :)