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ranchgirl
« on: July 18, 2006 09:19:11 AM »

My husband's grandma gave us this fold-out couch when we moved to Chicago.  It is a great couch, but as you can see from the before--damn ugly!  So I went to the fabric store a while ago and bought this navy linen for a dollar/yard.  It was not my first choice but 1)it was cheap and 2)my best friend and her hubby gave us a rug from South America and the blue matches (we LOVE the rug, by the way).  I finally finished recovering the pillows and it is done!

As for recovering the actual couch--I just sewed different panels to capture the details and hot glue gunned them on.
before...headacheville...


the finished product...I recovered the couch in September and just did the pillows last week.  i HATE the one on the right.  i was over this project and it was hot and well...maybe someday I will redo it.  the other pillow is embroidered circles and french knots. 
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jjm
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2006 11:32:39 AM »

Looks soooo much better!  This is probably one job I wouldn't have tackled (I'm not a sewer).
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stockholm syndrome
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2006 11:54:28 AM »

Definitely an improvement!!

Funny, I was just about to start carrying on about how much I like the pillow on the right then I read that you hate it... oops.  Tongue
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samuraikiss
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2006 12:42:15 PM »

It looks wonderful! I have a damn ugly couch in our basement, and I'm about to start reupholstering it. Do you have any hints?
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ranchgirl
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2006 05:00:57 PM »

Thanks for the comments.  It's not that I really hate the pillow, but the sewing is pretty crap and I will do it over someday I am sure.  As for tips...

-Buy plenty of glue sticks.  I have no idea how many I went through, but it was a lot!
-Take time to plan how you will sew the different sections.  I really wanted to duplicate some of the details in the couch to make it look less like I glued fabric on and more like the couch was always that way.
-Rent a bunch of good movies.  This is a project that might take awhile depending on your skills.  I watched Hitch about 5 times and it treated me right.
-Enjoy yourself.  Pick out a fabric you like that will enhance your room.  I mean it can't be any worse than what you are covering up, right?

Good luck!
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