If you've done Part 1 and Part 2 of my DIY Reupholstering a Chair demo, then you're ready for your finishing touches! This is the part that ties everything together and makes your chair look very professional and fancy, so let's get started learning how to make your own welt cording. This is the fabric part that covers up your staples. Again I'm going to share the links to those who helped me most with this slightly more complicated part of the process:
1) Little Green Notebook (divides the process into 5 extremely comprehensive blog posts, I looked at this one the most)
2) Regency By Design (this is a video showing exactly what to do, I used this a lot at the beginning of the process)
3) Miss Mustard Seed (just about stripping the fabric/tools to use)
So hopefully you'll have some leftover fabric to do this part - there is also the option to use pre-made welting which is a lot less pretty and has less options for colors, BUT like I said - it's pre-made, so if you've had it with this whole reupholstering nonsense it may be something to consider :)
Same Fabric as Chair
Cording (I needed about 10 yards)
*Cute Buttons (optional- I used mine to cover up messy glue!)
First thing to do is spread out your leftover fabric and find the longest section. When you fold that section in half be sure to have at least 2 inches (when folded) of fabric that is uninterrupted by cuts or fraying. Next, cut along the edge of that 2" mark (it's okay to have more than 2") so that it's cleaned up. Now you're going to need your sewing machine. Place the cording inside the fold of your fabric so that it's covered, leaving as much extra fabric to the right of the cording as possible. Run it through your machine. Confused? Check this link and it'll become more clear!
Next you'll need another line of cording laying next to the first line. Fold the fabric again and sew down the middle (between the two pieces of cording. Cut the excess fabric as close to the seam as possible and you're ready to start gluing!
This is the brand of glue I used:
I glued every 5 inches or so, would hold it down for about 30 seconds (more when the cording had to turn on a corner) starting at the bottom in the middle. My cording didn't look as beautiful at the seams as the demos I had watched, so I glued a couple buttons over the less pretty parts and I think it gives the chair character! :)
So there you have it!
After taking a few trips to different craft and fabric stores, I started to wonder if I was spending too much money on this chair and if I was really saving any money by giving myself more work to do. So I broke down the cost:
Chair - $40
Batting - $15 (I bought the most expensive one, 1" foam rather than that fluffy stuff)
Staple Gun - $15
Extra Staples - $3
Fabric Glue - $5
Cording - $10
Valspar "Hazy Stratus" Paint Sample - #3
Total Cost = $91
This may seem like a lot for the cost of a chair, but considering I wanted a $299 from World Market... and that I had enough extra Batting to make a pillow and still have some leftover, along with about a million leftover staples, plenty of glue, cording and paint, along with a fancy new staple gun and the knowledge that I can now take any ugly chair and make it cute again...I'd say it was 100% worth every penny! :D
The beauty in action!
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