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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My First Reupholster on: January 02, 2008 03:10:09 PM
I have a similar chair that I've put off reupholstering because of the buttons in the back, but now that I see you did yours without buttons,

Yup, once you take it apart you should see how the buttons are attached. I just cut the thread where it came through the back (you have to take off the back padding to see it). Super easy, and although the padding was a bit dimpled where the buttons were is doesn't show once you put the fabric over it... and sitting it in probably smoothes it out!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: An Xmas Ornament in a Week Gallery! on: December 10, 2007 04:40:59 PM
Finally got my package from the apartment office! Cute little felt ornaments, plus a postcard of Australia to make me jealous. Wink

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My First Reupholster on: December 09, 2007 10:07:51 AM
Yup, the seat is solid... I thought too many stripes might give me a headache. Grin

I only had to sew the arm pieces to the main part of the chair. Once I had removed the front and back pieces, all I did was cut down the seams (the red lines on the photo below) and used the pieces as a template - plus I added a seam allowance where the seams had been.



And thats the only place I had to sew, though if you add welting you may have to sew that on (again, whatever they did on the original upholstery job; youll see when you take apart the chair). My machine did go through the fabric just fine, using a regular needle (its my grandmas old sewing machine, so I use whatever she has in there).

All told, from taking the first tack out of the original chair to the finished piece, I would say it took me about 6 hours. But Im not even remotely careful or technical I didnt even pin the template pieces down to the fabric. So if youre more exact then me, it might be a weekend project (of course, it will probably turn out better, too! Grin)
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 50%+ handmade holiday presents 2007 edition? on: December 08, 2007 10:06:23 PM
I know I'm running way late but I'm good with time crunches. Grin

Mom:
Microwavable Neck Warmer
Shopping Bags
(buy) Denise Knitting Needles set (she steals mine!)
(buy) Tree Hugger Mug

Dad:
Knit Hat
Stuffed Cthulu for his desk
Etched shot glass and tumblers that say Medicine
(buy) Old Goat Mug

Cats:
Catnip pillows
Microwavable bed insert
(buy) Drinking fountain

Hubby would see anything I was making for him, so he gets all bought things (which is the way he likes it, anyhoo Smiley)
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My First Reupholster on: December 08, 2007 09:10:49 PM
Wow! Thank you all for all the compliments!

It was easy! I swear, it was easier than making a slipcover, because you just use the pieces you took off as templates plus it looks nicer (I think). Just search for reupholster on google and the top things that come up are all very useful.

One of the most useful things I read from one of those articles is that "you don't need guidelines, loose or otherwise not really. The furniture will tell you how it was made." I know it sounds strange, but really, as you take it apart youll think oh, thats how they did that and its all really pretty simple.

So personally I would recommend just getting a chair you dont care too much about and ripping it apart. Write some notes or take some pictures to help you remember how things are attached. And the coolest part is you dont need any special tools just a staple gun, sometimes a sewing machine, and some cardboard (to cut into strips; again, your chair will most likely have these strips already, so youll know where to put them when you put it back together). Though this was an old chair... newer ones might use those metal teeth strips, which I think you can buy really cheap at fabric stores....

But honestly, just tear something apart. Just think to yourself what good is this thing doing in my basement/attic/storage? Wouldnt it look so much better reupholstered, even if its not super-professional looking?

Also, I did not do any welting (the cord that runs around arms, etc...), but again it didnt look too hard when I was taking it apart. But Im just lazy.

Also, I bought about 10 yards, but I used less than five... now I have a roll of decorator fabric with nowhere to put it. But still, its better to buy too much than too little. I would recommend buying proper thick decorator/upholstery fabric, dont try it with cheap, thin cotton first, because I think that sort of fabric would be a lot harder to work with (stretching, ripping, etc...) plus you can often get really nice decor fabric for about $7/yd at Joann's or wherever.

Hope that helped, Im not exactly an expert! Grin
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My First Reupholster on: December 08, 2007 04:35:38 PM
I was going to post this in the redo craft challege but there are already so many amazing reupholstery projects there I thought I should post it here instead.

I bought this Henredon chair at an estate sale for $20.

http://www.laura-anderton.com/crafts/chair/1.jpg

Who doesn't love weird 50s velour that may be green-turned-gold or may just be moldy? Okay, me, for one. So I took it all off.

http://www.laura-anderton.com/crafts/chair/2.jpg

Then I had that moment of "oh, crap, I have a skeleton of a chair in the middle of my one-bedroom-apartment, and the cat is eating the stuffing". But I extracted the cat and forged ahead...

http://www.laura-anderton.com/crafts/chair/3.jpg

And with the new fabric pieces and about 500 staples, I actually managed to reupholster a chair!

http://www.laura-anderton.com/crafts/chair/4.jpg

http://www.laura-anderton.com/crafts/chair/5.jpg

All in one day, and it really wasnt that hard. Now lets see how long it lasts. Grin
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Summer Twinkletrotters the Hippy Piglet Poppet (img heavy) on: December 01, 2007 10:23:48 AM
Yay, I'm glad!

My hubby has got a cold right now, too. Thinking I might send him some lolcats. Grin
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Summer Twinkletrotters the Hippy Piglet Poppet (img heavy) on: November 29, 2007 09:19:09 PM
Would you mind doing a tute on the boots please?

Okay, but theyre embarrassingly simple... Wink

Cut out a pattern sort of like this (use thick stretchy fabric, I used fleece):



Sew around two of them, right sides together, and turn inside out. You can fold them down at the top, and if you want them to look nicer you could maybe add a felt "sole" to the bottom?
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: November 29, 2007 09:11:40 PM
There are no rodents in your list!

A mouse, a rat how about a squirrel? It would be fun to make the tail.

Also a cow!

Also, I finished Summers clothes:



Plus she has a little photo um, diary?... in the toys section.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=210929
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Summer Twinkletrotters the Hippy Piglet Poppet (img heavy) on: November 29, 2007 08:19:46 PM
Ha!  I love it (the post AND Summer Twinkletrotters).  How did you do her facial features?

Thank you! ^_^

I just painted them on with acrylics... Im not sure how durable it is, but in this house the last thing I have to worry about is how long her face will stay on (more her arms and legs Grin)
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