For the Love of Vintage Furniture
The first step to any successful reupholstery project is to choose some great fabric. But how much to purchase? Good upholstery fabric can be pricey, so you don’t want to buy more than you have to, but it’s even worse to buy not enough!
Next, measure the arms. The fabric runs down the arm, so measure along the top for your first measurement. When measuring at the bottom, you need only allow for what is visible. A “pull” (scrap of fabric) will be sewn to the bottom to allow for pulling and stapling.
My cut list looks like this:
IB – 36 X 32
IA – 32 X 27
OB – 30 X 30
OA – 27 X 18
ST ED – 47 X 18
ST CUSH – 31 X 29
BORDER + PP – 108 X 8
BK CUSH – 36 X 24
DECK – 27 X 27 *since the deck is not seen, it can be cut out of the off cuts and sewn together to save fabric.
Now that we have our cut list, we have to make a rough layout on paper. Be sure to account for two arms, and two cushion panels per cushion!
You’ll divide that number by 36 (inches in a yard) to get 7.6. Round up to 8 yards. There is quite a bit of scrap here, because of the large measurements. It can be used for armcaps or toss pillows. Please note **if you choose a large scale pattern always purchase 25% more to take into account the matching!
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