Making Cushions

Making Cushions

Cushions may be square, oblong, round, oval or any shape and size you choose. Cushion covers may be in virtually any fabric, and all are made in a similar way, from two pieces, either stitched together to make a bag or with a strip between them to make a ‘wall’. The edges of the cover…

Furnishing Fabrics

Furnishing Fabrics

Soft furnishings — curtains and upholstery — take up a major part of your decorating budget and affect the look of your home dramatically, so it is important the fabric you choose is suitable for the job in hand. This task is easier now, since it has recently been made law that all fabrics must…

How To Make Loose Covers

How To Make Loose Covers

Loose covers are useful to cover delicate upholstery or in matching to a new colour scheme a chair or sofa on which the upholstery is still sound. The same general principles apply to the making of loose covers for chairs, sofas and divans. Fabrics Choose a medium-weight firm material with a close weave. A washable…

Upholstery Techniques, Tools and Materials

Upholstery Techniques, Tools and Materials

For home upholstery you need these tools: light small-headed hammer; forked tack remover (or old screwdriver or chisel); pincers; strong scissors for fabric cutting; small scissors for trimming; webbing stretcher (which can be home-made); regulator or palette-knife for distributing stuffing evenly; ruler and tape measure; upholsterer’s skewers; mattress needle (a long needle pointed at both…