Reupholstery Week Post 4

Hello we are in a series called Reupholstery Week.  We are featuring two chairs that myself and Amy from Design Intervention completed this last weekend.  Today we are going to show you how to make cushions with piping/cording on it. 

WARNING:  Lots of math problems ahead. We are not professional upholsterers and kind of winged it so if you want to know how to do it correctly seek professional help, thankyouverymuch.

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Ok are you ready to learn how to recover cushions with cording?

the first step is to take your old cushions and place them under your new fabric and using chalk trace inside the piping to outline the shape of the cushions…

IMG_1553 IMG_1554 You are going to cut out two of those for each cushion (one for the top and one for the bottom of the cushion).  So in our case, we cut out four, two for each chair.  If you are doing piping then attach your piping onto the sides off the cushion bottom and top clipping around the corners so you can ease the piping around the corners.IMG_1555To finish off the piping open up one side of the piping.  Cut the other cording so they line up and don’t overlap.  Then fold one over the other and sew it in place.

IMG_1562 IMG_1563 We chose to install zippers so that we can take the cushion covers off to wash them later if need be.  And let me tell you with kiddos there will be a “need be.”

To measure for the zipper: measure the depth of your cushions (ours were 4”) and divide by 2 which would be 2”.  Then add 2” (a 1” seam allowance on both sides) so now we are back at 4”.  I know that is confusing so here is the equation broken down.

Depth of the cushions ÷ 2 = x

x + 2” for seam allowance = width of fabric

We used a 36” zipper so we cut two pieces of 4” x 39” ( a little longer just to be safe) fabric.

Iron one side down 1” on the long side of the fabric.  Using your zipper or cording foot attach your zipper to the side of the fabric.  Repeat with the other side of your fabric.IMG_1556Now to measure the width of the strip of fabric that attaches the top and bottom cushions together:  Depth of the cushion + 2”.  So our cushion was 4” and we added 2” = 6”

Then to measure the length: measure all sides of your cushions and subtract by the length of your zipper.  So we took 76”-36” =  50”.   Then add 6” for overlap which equals a 6” x 56” piece.  Now press (with your iron) under the two short ends a couple of inches and sew down.  Line up the middle of the fabric with the front middle of the cushion top and pin everything in place. Do the same for the bottom of the cushion.  Sew the strip to the top and bottom of the cushion. 

IMG_1558Next take your zippered piece and pin in place overlapping the other strip you just sewed on a little bit and sew that on the top and bottom of the cushion.  Make sure you leave your zipper opened a little when sewing so you can unzip it when you are done.  Clip any curved edges.

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Turn it right side out and shove your cushion inside.IMG_1560 Completed cushion and the side of it where the zipper is…

IMG_1593 IMG_1594Tomorrow is the big reveal!  If you have any questions about this project please leave a comment or email me at tnbfarrant@yahoo.com and we will try to answer them in tomorrow’s post.

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Comments

  1. pk @ Room Remix says

    This has been a great tutorial! I'm looking forward to the big reveal. 🙂

  2. Heidi@TheCraftMonkey says

    I LOVE the fabric you chose & I LOVE that you are doing this yourself. I really need to learn to sew, all of you sewing lovelies are so inspiring!

  3. Isabella & Max Rooms says

    What a fabulous tutorial. I myself hope to never write another tutorial, at least not one with so much detail, they are hard. Kudos for the great job on this one, and what a beautiful job!! Love the fabric! Janell

  4. Isabella & Max Rooms says

    What a fabulous tutorial. I myself hope to never write another tutorial, at least not one with so much detail, they are hard. Kudos for the great job on this one, and what a beautiful job!! Love the fabric! Janell

  5. Isabella & Max Rooms says

    What a fabulous tutorial. I myself hope to never write another tutorial, at least not one with so much detail, they are hard. Kudos for the great job on this one, and what a beautiful job!! Love the fabric! Janell

  6. Isabella & Max Rooms says

    What a fabulous tutorial. I myself hope to never write another tutorial, at least not one with so much detail, they are hard. Kudos for the great job on this one, and what a beautiful job!! Love the fabric! Janell

  7. Becky – what a GREAT project! I am so impressed. Way to go!!!

  8. PeaceLoveApplesauce says

    Love them!

  9. Christine says

    I love the fabric!! And it looks so good!

  10. Wow, when I first saw the picture with the fabric off and stuffing everywhere…I thought no way…I could never do this. You ROCK! I can't wait to see the reveal!

  11. Annie Wilcox Designs says

    I skipped over all of the math to see the photos, I love how it is turning out. Great job on the zipper, they are hard for me to do.

  12. I am so loving the fabric you chose! It's awesome! Thanks for the tutorial too – my hubby won't appreciate it nearly as much as I do! 😉

  13. Kristin Kneupper says

    Wow! I am amazed! I don't think I'd take something like this on, but you guys are rockin' it!

  14. Rachel@oneprettything.com says

    I am loving this series! I feel like I could totally do this! I'll have to link to this in a future Revamp Round- it's fabulous.

  15. Amanda @ Serenity Now says

    Wow!!!!! It looks professional to me. 🙂

  16. Jennifer says

    Wow… that turned out beautifully! Love the fabric you used!
    ~Jennifer
    http://www.studiojru.com

  17. emptynest4two says

    WOW, that is beautiful!

  18. Remodelaholic says

    Oh man! This is such a tease! I cannot wait to see the whole chair! I L-O-V-E the fabric! I have two wing back chairs that I want to recover, but don't quite have the time yet… and I can't narrow down a fabric or color scheme for that matter!

    Anywho – I honestly can't wait to see the finished product. Thanks SO much for linking up!

    P.s. link up the final chair tomorrow so I can feature it, I can already tell that I love it!

  19. Adrianna says

    Just winging it my butt! You are doing fabulously. the fabric os gorgeous too!! WOW!!

  20. Wow! Your doing a great job. I'm sending my daughter over here, she is interested in upholstery. Lezlee

  21. Miss Mustard Seed says

    Oh…all the numbers make my head hurts. Ha! That's why my cushion covers are always a little wonky. I just pin fit them and use button closures. These look so awesome, though. Well done, ladies! I tip my hat.

  22. Dear reupholstering whiz-kids (really):
    I’m loving your tutorial except for… how do I get to your “post 1” since your link only sends me to the site’s homepage. I’ve tried different searches but I’ve finally given up! (I know this is a project you did a year ago but I hope you’ll see this posting anyway.)
    Thanks,
    Linda E

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