Reupholster Conservatory Furniture

Project Description

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. 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.

What you will need

  • 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.

Q&A with OWL Creations

wetfrog18405145 asked:
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.
OWL Creations answered:
1 meter = 39 inches
maggiesc asked:
Wow, amazing job
OWL Creations answered:
Thanks Maggie - I was rather shocked that it turned out as well as it did too!!
Wassupspock asked:
Great job! That is a LOT of sewing....
OWL Creations answered:
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.
Lesley Wood asked:
Wow, great job. I agree the new material gives the furniture a much fresher, cozier feel to it
OWL Creations answered:
Thanks Lesley