When deciding to reupholster a piece of furniture I ask myself "Do I?!" DIY that is... There are some projects that I absolutely know I can handle! A drop in seat. It pops out, you lay your fabric, you staple under the seat. Voila! But when it comes to any project (and I mean any!!) that comes to sewing, I know better than to even attempt! I have been blessed with a few creative talents, sewing is not anywhere on that list. So when I decided it was time to transfer my desk chair from a basic linen chair to something with a little more punch, like this gorgeous Caitlin Wilson Buffalo Check, I decided to do both.
Both?! I knew that I have had success in the past with upholstering the inserts of exposed wood frame chairs. I removed the existing cording & fabric, used the removed fabric as a loose pattern, cut my new fabric & stapled it on ensuring that I was pulling tightly & keeping the pattern in line.
I repeated this for the entire outside & inside of the chair. And the arm pads. Now comes my trip to the upholsterer. I informed him where my pattern needed to lie in order to match up with the chair, handed him my seat cushion & remaining fabric & let him get to work.
I also had him fabricate about 12 yards of double welt cording to cover up all of those staples. I followed the outline & adhered it in place using hot glue.
And after a little collaboration between the upholsterer & myself we have a completed chair. I choose to do DIY the portion I felt comfortable with because I enjoy projects such as this & I know that I can accomplish it.
If you are questioning your ability, but still want to learn I suggest going to the thrift store picking up an inexpensive chair & use a muslin to practice upholstering with. As with anything else, practice really does make perfect. Unless it is sewing in my case! LOL (I really have tried!!)
Otherwise, do your research & befriend your new upholsterer!! It is always so gratifying to pick up a project that I have dropped off to be transformed.
Chair via Home Decorators Collection // Fabric via Caitlin Wilson Textiles // Leopard Pillow via ShopTen25
xo - Kristin