Repurposing—The before; where we begin & go through the process of make the dream reality.
Interpretation—Putting our own spin, in our own budget on the project of the inspiration.
There are secrets to certain things and knowing them can make all the difference. As I said in the previous installment of re-upping (reupholstering) this little chair, start pulling it down (removing the fabric from the piece) from the back and when rebuilding, begin with the front.
I am doing this very basic & as time goes on we will challenge ourselves with more intricate attempts. This can be done without a sewing machine if you don’t have one. If you do, save the time by using your machine. I just want to make it clear, there are ways to do things without all the special equipment you think you need... Excuses, excuses, excuses!
Three fingers, index finger to middle finger is about 3” ( give or take, on the average woman) it is a good guide and that is how wide I cut my cording. FYI: the average length between the tip of your bent elbow to the tip of your middle finger is about 18”, so it is easy to eye basic measurements using your arm…double it and you have a yard.
The photos show you how to connect cording strips together, so you have a smooth, continuous strip of fabric to cover your cord. Most fabric stores sell different widths of cording to put inside your fabric. I pooh-pooh that idea. I go to the hardware store or general merchandise store to get this…clothes line, twine, cotton rope…it depends on how thick I want it, but I never buy it by the yard. It is just too expensive. I don’t use the heavy fiber rope. It is too hard to cut and connect because it is so stiff Cotton clothes line or rope really works best. If laundered, it can snap back into place when stretched over the piece of furniture.
Using a zipper foot, or sewn by hand, have your stitches line up with the edge of the cord inside the fabric that is folded over. I don’t pin this because the fabric, being cut on the bias, stretches as you sew. It really is a good thing as you will see when we attach it to our piece of furniture. I usually leave about 3” of fabric at the beginning of my cording strip, so if I need to connect it with the other end, I can have that piece to cross over the other end of fabric and cord. You shall see.
Another trick I do is to never cut the end of the cord before I apply it to my furniture. I have been in a pickle over not having quite enough for what I projected and this gives me the opportunity to add more fabric if I end up needing more than projected. It is much easier to do this than to connect that cord on the inside…because of the stretching that takes place during the whole project, it can separate and be unsightly. Always come in with a little extra effort before you begin your project, instead of having to trouble shoot a problem afterwards…preventive sewing medicine.