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Date: 6/22/10 11:12 AM

The chairs are filthy at the top, and somewhat threadbare. Otherwise, they are in fantastic shape and the price was right ... free!
The fabric is really tight against the chair and there is piping at the arms and all the edges.
Can you walk me through this or point me in a direction where I can get information. Though I sew every day, I've never attempted this before. I love the idea of picking my own fabric to match the room, though. I'm up for a challenge. How difficult or time consuming is it?
Here are the pics:
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Date: 6/22/10 11:21 AM

Maripat. I CAN walk you thru that.. no problem..step by step.. You might also want to check a book out at the library and use it for reference.

I will warn you.. taking off the old pieces are tedious.. hard on the hands.. you can get a special tool to help you or use a small flathead screwdriver and curved nose pliers.

I will also warn you.. these chairs can be filthy dusty under their upholstery..

SO.. you tell me if you are still interested in doing this.. I am game..as many others have also asked recently.. and they could follow along with us and do their chairs also.. The basic steps are the same for all.

LETS bump this up and see if there is any others interested..but I will help you even if there is not.

Upholstery has little sewing to it really..mostly any piping.. and is easier to do IMHO than slipcovers.. but see my warnings above...

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Date: 6/22/10 11:29 AM

YES! I am in! I love the lines of Maripat's chairs. I too recently acquired a small chair for free that I plan to use in my sewing room. I bought the fabric, and am ready to go, go, go. I think JA's having a sale now on upholstery fabrics. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is very generous of you.

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Date: 6/22/10 11:36 AM

Maybe I should also warn you it can be addicting.. You will find yourself mentally recovering everything in the house..

Okay,, we are on.. lets keep this bumped up to tell everyone we are planning on doing this..

I will start a tutorial today.. We will start with fabric selection and the proper amount to buy..so start thinking about this.. Keep in mind that you can use more than one fabric choice on a chair..you may want a different fabric on the back sides..or on the cushion.. I am sure you remember the look not too long ago of different fabrics on each piece or part of the chair. And you can also use a different fabric for the piping. You can buy premade piping also.. but its very expensive compared to just making your own..

If you have a pic of your chair it will help to post it.. but no worries if you do not..

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Date: 6/22/10 11:41 AM

McDonna.. don't know what fabric you have already chosen.. but if its cotton especially, and you ever think you might want to wash it again.. maybe it has a cushion you will want to wash ?? Then preshrink the fabric by washing and drying it.. at least the amount that you will be washing in the future....for instance the amount that would be used for making the cushion..

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Date: 6/22/10 12:25 PM

I am in -- I have two chairs that need reupholstering. Doing them was on my mental calendar for fall, but I can move it up.

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Date: 6/22/10 12:28 PM

Oh my gosh, you ARE generous.
I get the sense that I might actually be held accountable for my project. That's scary, but it means I'll get it done!!

Now for the dummy computer question of the day. I get it that you want to keep this thread visible, but what exactly does it mean to "bump up"?
I've seen it written many a time and you seem like the perfect person to ask.

Thirdly, I know what you mean by recovering things in your mind. I do it with people's outfits. I had to quit watching the news with DH because I would only comment on how a different tie would look better with that suit, or tapering in those pants would be much more flattering on the weather girl...
We do see the world through a different lense, don't we?

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Date: 6/22/10 12:30 PM

Maripat.. anytime you post on a thread.. it BUMPS it up to the top of topics. thats what it means to bump up.. That way it stays towards the top or at least on the first page of topics where more might see it..

Have you considered a career with the fashion police.. we could use more women like you in special forces..

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Date: 6/22/10 12:33 PM

You could always follow along with us.. and then when you are ready you can reread the thread if necessary.. although it would help to do yours along with the others..in case a question particular to your chair comes up.. AND we can move slowly too..lol..

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Date: 6/22/10 1:03 PM

m aripat.. my chart shows five and one half yards will be needed for your chair.. now keep in mind..thats a rough.. depending on the print of your fabric.. And it is a home dec chart..which means a 54 inch fabric or better.. not a garment fabric width.. I will cover this more in detail on the tutorial.. Certainly you will be safe if you buy 6 yards for a chair like yours.. but you can trim a yard or so off if you use a different fabric for piping or so forth.. I am telling you this ..as I know you might fall in love with a VERY expensive home dec fabric.. If that happens to you.. falling in love with a fabric that is not affordable..consider doing the front in the fabric you love..and the back sides and outsides of the chair in a cheaper coordinate fabric..

ALSO you will lose some yardage if you pick a cotton that you will need to preshrink the cushion fabric first..

If I don't make myself clear ladies..let me know.. Poorpigling can be clear as mud sometimes.. its a drawback to being a pig..
-- Edited on 6/22/10 1:05 PM --

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