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Saturday, August 27, 2011

How to re-upholster a stool cushion tutorial

These are the materials you'll need for this project: a stool or chair with a cushion, upholstery fabric, a rotary knife, a cutting mat, and a stapler.

Place the cushion on the fabric and measure how much you'll need to cover it and have enough to reach around the sides. It should be several inches since you want to make sure the staples (or anything under the new fabric) will not show when you flip it over. Then cut out the measured piece.

Now you'll want to bring up one side of the fabric without pulling it too much and staple along the back of the cushion about every two to three inches or so, making sure the fabric is laying flat.

When you get to the corner you'll want to fold the fabric a few times like wrapping a present. Pull the fabric slightly, but not too much, as you go so the fabric lays as flat as possible. And put a few staples in to keep it in place. Note that as you proceed to each side you'll want to make sure you are pulling the fabric just enough to keep it taught but not too much as to distort the image or stripes or whatever your fabric is.

Once you've stapled around all the sides and corners except the last corner, it should look like this. The last corner is the toughest.

You'll have two parts of the fabric to work with, one side lay down, pulling at it a bit to keep it taught, and staple. The next part do the same but really try to make it lay as flat as possible.

It should look like this when you are putting in the final staples.

And this is how it should turn out! I know, too easy! : )

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My name is Shawn and I am a stay at home Mom of two boys and also a student. After many years of school and a Master's degree in Psychology, I decided to go back to school for Lactation Consulting. I spend most of my time with my children, and working on my sewing projects. Currently the sewing projects have to due with my little side business of making things for babies, which will be the main focus of this blog. I also love spending time with my husband but I see him very little now because he is busy with work and paramedic training. We have been together ten years now and married five! I love making things for special people in my life, I feel like it's something I can do to stay connected and maybe they will think of me when they see the blanket, pillow, curtain, or whatever else I have made. Since I am a somewhat introverted kind of person sewing seems to fit me, it's a way to express myself creatively, and put love into each piece, for each person. My life is quite challenging at times but I make sure to think about things I am grateful for each day.