Now to do the top part of the fabric I cut little slits in the fabric where two different piece of foam meet.
Then I folded each side to hide the ridge edge and staple down. As you can see by the picture I should have done the center of the chair first because now I have extra fabric showing. This means that I had to remove all of the back fabric carefully as to not damage the fabric and re-staple it again once I finished the top part. Urgh…I was not very happy, but I learning as I go!
Now I had this long piece of fabric at each end of the chair. I pull the fabric tight and wrap it around the arm.
Once pulled tight I was able to staple it to the side of the frame.
I decided to do three folds at the top. I had to do this because of the way the arm is curved. Because the arm is curved it leaves extra fabric and this is the way I found that makes it look pretty. Now the hard part starts, I need to make the other arm look the same. I always have a hard time doing this. I find that one arm is always prettier than the other.
Remember in my last post i left the fabric of the old chair attached because there was no way to replace it. Well I just hand sewed on the new fabric to the other piece of fabric. I used U shape sewing needle. I bet there is some fancy name for it, but it just looks like a boomerang to me haha… but I digress. Then once it was sewn I pull it tight and stapled it to the bottom of the chair.
Can u believe I am still not done!
This was my favorite part, I now added the trim to the entire chair. I used two different trims and I used pre-cut and measured black rope trim from Joann’s. I spent most of my budget on the trim which is crazy! It made every thing look so much better.
Rope trim 7 yards – $18 with a 30% discount
Double rope trim 5 ( cut by the yard) – $20 with a 50% coupon I use on different occasions
I place the single rope trim on the inside of the chair and I stapled it to the top and the bottom of the chair.
I also used a double rope trim to cover up were I stapled the single rope. I purchased the double rope to use every where else. It hides the staples very well and I did not have to use messy fabric glue.
The last part, and the one part that I hated doing, was sewing the cushion.
I am not very good at sewing and it takes me forever, but it needed to be done.
I use the original cushion fabric and I cut it up as a template. Then I started sewing it which took me about three hours to do. Yeah, I know, blah! I even recycled the zipper of the old cushion.
I am very happy with the final product. I really can’t believe that I did this chair mostly by myself. The hubby did help some when I needed some muscle or when I got stuck.
Total spent on a free chair was about $90.
I hope the tutorial was helpful and detailed. If you have any questions just let me know I love hearing from you guys. Trust me if I can do it with barely any knowledge of reupholstering so can you!
Till Next time,