Ellie went running into the living room on Monday directly after drinking a berry smoothie and apparently rubbed her dark-purple-smoothie-covered-mouth on one of the cushions. Once I recovered from my mini-stroke, I grabbed a wet washcloth and it came right off. Just water, no hard scrubbing even. So, I would totally recommend this fabric to any of you with messy little people living in your house!
Today isn’t exactly a tutorial because any given couch will be a little different. But I hope some of the techniques I used, tutorials I referenced, and materials sources might be helpful to you in small and big upholstery projects alike.
So, as a reminder, this is what I started with:
One BIG bonus to this sofa is that the arms are removable, so I was able to pop them off and work on the arms and the center separately.
Step one was stripping every last bit of leather off and then removing all the staples. The tools I would most recommend for this part are a pair of very sharp scissors, a small flathead screwdriver (for prying staples), and a pair of needlenose pliers.
I held the fabric for the inside upside down and stapled the top right up against the top welt.
Then I used tack strips along the sides to seal the fabric down right up against the welt.
- How to make double welt
- How to make single welt (steps 9-14)
- How to make box cushions
- How to attach tack strips
The fabric I used can be found here.
Have I missed anything?? If you have questions, please ask and I’ll try to help.