As mentioned in our last upholstery post, our homework from the previous week was to purchase our fabric.  To refresh you on our choices, Karen selected a nubby grain sack inspired cream colored fabric for her chaise.  Janice is going to use the same fabric for the front of her chair and a similar fabric, but with a blue french ticking look on the back.

Janice’s Chair

This is what Janice’s chair looked like at the beginning of the class.

Now, along with her homework assignment from class 2……..

…..she spent most of class 3 stapling, stapling, and some more stapling. No wonder she was so excited about the air compressed staple gun.


To help work out any wrinkles, the fabric is clipped where it goes around the curved edges of the chair.  Sharp scissors are an essential reupholstery tool.

The “master” at work.  George is working the fabric close to the chair arms.  Double cording will be added later to cover the staples.

The class is not all work -we have lots of fun too!

Here is Janice’s chair at the end of week 3.  The front seating area is complete, including the piping around the edges.

For her new homework assignment, Janice was instructed to find an upholsterer to make fabric covered buttons for the front top of her chair. The button kits sold at the fabric store aren’t strong enough for upholstery fabric.

Karen’s Fainting Couch

Karen’s first step today was making piping – LOTS of piping.  We are wrapping fabric around a hard, flexible center (instead of the soft cording you normally see in the store).  Below are pictures of making the piping (left), then attaching it to the facing that goes around the bottom of the couch (right).


Once the piping is attached to the facing, it is stapled to the sides of the couch.   George is very trusting as staples are shot right next to his fingers (he says no one has ever shot one into him – yet!).

Karen continues stapling the facing around the chair.

After the facing is stapled on, George shows Karen how to attach another row of piping to the bottom edge of the couch.

Now comes the hard part of the couch – the “channeled” backside.  Each “channel” must be cut separately, sewn together, and stuffed.  George insists that there are too many channels in the chair (for a beginner), so he gives Karen the option of a smooth back couch (no channels), or fewer channels.  Karen loves the look of the channels, so they agree to reduce it to 7 channels (there were originally 18).  While Karen sews up the main channel fabric, George marks the burlap fabric which will be used to line the back of the channels.  Cutting out the burlap and sewing it together will be the home assignment to be done before next week’s class.

And here’s the fainting couch at the end of week 3.

We got a lot done on our pieces this week.  Here is everything packed up and ready to head home.

Thanks for staying with us as we continue to learn how to reupholster (and maybe you’re beginning to look around for a piece of furniture that you might like to give a new look too?).