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Reupholster Conservatory Furniture

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Finished Reupholstered Suite

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Category Other
Style Romantic, Traditional, Holiday, Classic, Casual
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What materials did you use? 12 metres of Upholstery fabric on eBay for 29 GBP. 6 remnants of lace curtain fabric to reline the back cushions, as all the stuffing had been wrapped in j-cloth type fabric that had disintegrated (6 @ 1 GBP each). Used thread I had, and reused all zippers and piping string from the original cushions. Used original fabric as my pattern pieces.

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What are you most proud of? Looking at swatches of material on-line can be a bit daunting, as you don't know exactly what it is going to be like when it arrives. But this fabric seems to give warmth to the suite that the original covers never did. I just love the way it turned out.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I roughly measured everything before I began, and then used a graphics program to roughly draw the pattern pieces converted from inches into mm - then placed them on a continuing width of 'fabric' to calculate how much fabric I would need. Don't forget to allow for selvedges (including where the zippers go), and the large fabric backs had internal zippers/spacers to create the lumbar effect), and then there is all the piping. I drew up the piping on the bias, but ended up using straight pieces from the edges - just as it turned out they had on the original covers - and this way there were no joins. I laid out the original cover pieces on my fabric before I cut anything to ensure I would get everything out - and ended up with just under a metre extra.

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Since I went to school in America I have no clue as to meteres, GBP or J cloth. I would love to make this cushion but the instructions were confusing.

06/27/2012 Flag

1 meter = 39 inches

06/29/2012 Flag

GBP = Great British Pounds (pounds sterling); and J cloth is a brand name of a very light kitchen cloth material, which when used for a lining obviously rots very quickly and disintegrates. Hope that helps you out.

06/29/2012 Flag

Wow, amazing job

06/28/2012 Flag

Thanks Maggie - I was rather shocked that it turned out as well as it did too!!

06/29/2012 Flag

Great job! That is a LOT of sewing....

06/29/2012 Flag

Thank you - it didn't take nearly as long as I thought, I think the idea of it is more daunting than the actual job.

06/30/2012 Flag

Thank you - it didn't take nearly as long as I thought, I think the idea of it is more daunting than the actual job.

06/30/2012 Flag

Wow, great job. I agree the new material gives the furniture a much fresher, cozier feel to it

07/04/2012 Flag

Thanks Lesley

07/04/2012 Flag