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« on: October 11, 2007 09:36:32 PM »

So yeaaaaars ago, I picked up some cream linen curtains, with blue crewel working on them. I had them up in my bedroom at home, but after 2 moves, they were relegated to a rubbermaid bin in storage....

when we moved into our current place in August,  my roomate and  - both decor-conscious ladies - figured we needed some unifying element in our living room, to avoid that whole mismatched student furniture look...

So, with her mad, mad sewing skills and mine with a staple gun and some patience, we went to work!

K recovered 2 ottomans- one of hers, one of mine - and I reupholstered an antique chair I had. I think they turned out quite well!!

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Ottomans:





and all three together:

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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2007 10:27:14 PM »

i am in love with that fabric. lucky girls!
 would love to see the other items too!
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2007 09:29:29 PM »

These are awesome!  You guys did an amazing job!  I really need to make some slipcovers and you've really inspired me!
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2007 09:40:58 PM »

This is awesome.  I love the material. It looks very put together.
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2007 11:31:28 AM »

Wow!  The whole thing together looks great!!
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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2007 06:50:39 PM »

that is gorgeous fabric. i think you guys did a beautiful job...
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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2007 05:23:57 AM »

Those pieces are just too cool for words, especially the chair. How difficult is it to reupholster a chair like that? I've been wanting to give it a shot...
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« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2007 05:53:18 PM »

Thanks everyone!

I learned to upholster when I took a sculpture class several years ago...that being said, it's really not that hard if you're reconstructing something...

Just make sure you have a sturdy-weight fabric, and use the old upholstery as a pattern.

I usually start by stretching the material across the longest part, putting in a few staples to tack it down. I work along the edges, leaving a bit of allowance at the corners (say...2 inches on either side of the corner) to make a nice smooth bend.

I do the corners last, of course.

For the slipcovers, we just laid the fabric overtop, and pinned it (right side out.) leaving a bit of seam allowance.Then we sewed the right side, inverted the corners and sewed them, and hemmed the edges.
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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2007 08:36:44 AM »

Brilliant! I love crewel work. I had this great creweled deer-in-winter-forest scene that I picked up from a thrift store years ago. I had a similar blue in the snow highlights. Could still be in the ex's attic. hmmmmmmmm . . .
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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2007 07:49:26 PM »

Gorgeous! Love how you used the fabric on various pieces. Smiley
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