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« on: October 01, 2006 12:10:02 PM »

I bought these a couch set for $20 bucks at a yard sale about a year ago to use in my sunroom.  They have this really nasty dirty fabric on them and seat cushions that were damaged.  I had bought some slip covers for them but they kept falling off when you sat on them.  So I decided to rip the old fabric off and redo the fabric using the slip covers instead of spending more money on fabric.   Grin  

Here is a before of the larger couch which the smaller looked the same:

[img width=322 height=242]http://curlyfry.com/images/couch1.jpg

And here is the smaller couch which I have redone....I still need to make some larger pillows for the back since I ripped out the pillow backing & I also have to sew up the couch cushions because right now they are still in the original slip cover.  

[img width=322 height=429]http://curlyfry.com/images/newcouch.jpg

[img width=322 height=242]http://curlyfry.com/images/newcouch1.jpg

I thought this would be a hard project but the only part that I found hard was figuring out where to start.  I'd love to hear some feedback on my new redone couch Wink
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2006 01:03:57 PM »

cute colors... I'm surprised this wasn't hard to do! and think of how much money you've saved.. wow

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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2006 01:07:56 PM »

sweet!i would love a few details on how you did that.i too am a yucky couch owner, and i'd like to re-cover mine but i have no clue as to how to go about it.

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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2006 01:15:01 PM »

wow!  it looks waaaay better.  good job!

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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2006 04:49:21 PM »

Fantastic job!  Isn't it amazing what new upholstery can for a project?  And you got someting with good, classic bones it seems, so it's worth it IMO.

When I first bought my 1st sewing maching, about 3-4 years ago, my sole reasoning was to reupholster some things I'd been collecting from Goodwill et al...  One love seat in particular that weighed about 2 million pounds - 'cause in my mind a good couch weighs alot! and I've been known to be wrong -- so that's what I did.  Got cheap fabric from Wally World, as well as the Brother sewing machine, took mental notes from Hilde on Trading Spaces (yeah, I used to love that show, but haven't watched it in years -- too much change sometimes can be a baaad thing IMO...I digress *takes a swig o' beer*)  and just had at it.  The first was done in a dark grey suiting type material, and I actually really liked my first job, but of course I changed my color scheme because we moved.  Then I re-did it in a bright blue linen (cheap again at Wal Mart) type material. 

So, we got a dog, and she ate a big hole in it...as well as leaving a few other *puppy souveiners* on my master bdrm carpet....but she's worth it, I *guess*

So, anyhow....I'm rambling, and I just wanted to say it looks great!  I just got a sweet and cheap slipper chair that I am in the market for fabric for, so I'll relive upholstery world! 
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2006 08:15:34 PM »

How did you get the arms to look like that, as far as the seam and outline goes? Was it glue, or did you somehow sew it?

I reupholstered a couch about a year ago. It came out TERRIBLE. So kudos to you on your skill!
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2006 08:19:36 PM »

I'm in couch love!
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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2006 11:05:22 PM »

That is a big improvement. You did a great job!

« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2006 11:38:17 PM »

Thanks to everyone for the great feedback  Kiss  It makes me want to finish it now and start with the other one! Wink

To answer some of the questions here is what I used and how I went about redoing the couch!

The tools I used:  A cheapo staple gun that my roommate let me borrow, a hammer that I used to hammer in some staples that wouldn't go all the way in, a pair of scissors, and this other thing that I think are pliers to pull out old staples.

My fabric:  $60 suede like slip cover from Wal-mart

It took me about 6 hours straight working with a few breaks in between to get to where the couch is now.

With my couch and I am sure its like this on many couches each section (arms, back of couch, bottom, arms, etc.) are all separate fabric sections if that makes any sense.  

I started by taking off the ruffles and then noticed that the sides, front and back were stapled to the bottom underneath the couch which makes for nice clean corners.  

So then I started from the front bottom and just cut sections of my slip cover that went with each section.  The hardest part was figuring out the detail in the front arms.  But I noticed that the inside piece of the arm was detachable so I recovered that and then put it back on.  

Also another tip that might help anyone else is for the staples not to show. Staple from the back of the fabric in a straight line so that it hides the staples.  I think its like making a hidden seam?  The hard part is the corners and I found it's best to staple from bottom left or right and work your way up to the top then from left to right at the top and back down then staple bottom to underneath the couch on the front side of the fabric.  The staple gun I used was alittle bulky which made it hard to get in the corners.  

I'm not sure if any of this is making sense but I hope someone understands haha.  

Also make sure when you staple that it is into the frame wood otherwise the staples will probably come out.  

I worked in sections and took off each section before I worked on it except for the pillow backing.  So that I could see pretty much how it was done which I think made it alot easier than I had expected it to be.

The only other tip I could possibly give is take your time and have fun! Wink  


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« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2006 08:01:11 AM »

I love it and now want to find an old crappy couch and refinish it!!!!

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