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I started this blog as a means of promoting my Etsy Shop. Most of the items here I have sold, or are for sale there. Take a peek. I think you'll like it.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Easy Piping...For a Pro Upholstered Look

My latested upcycle project is a trunk with an upholstered seat on top. I put a lot of work into it, but it still looked like a trunk with a pillow on it. It need a little something to make it look real. Piping was the detail that was missing, and I discovered that it was really easy to do.

 Staple the strip of fabric, wrong side up, to the underside of your seat. Half of the strip should hang over the edge.

Lay a piece of rope down the middle of the strip along the edge of the seat.

 Fold the strip over the rope and work it with your fingers until it rests at the very edge of the plywood bottom of your seat. Staple it as close to the edge as you can.

When you get to a corner, keep the rope folded tightly in the strip and fold it around the corner. Be sure that rope ends up right at the edge of the plywood again and staple it down. You can trim away excess fabric later.

When you get to the end, or if your strip is not long enough to go around your whole piece, just fold over the edge where it will overlap. Leave the rope about 3" inches longer on the end and cut it 3" shorter on the other end so that the fabric and rope don't end in exactly the same place.

Trim away any excess being careful not to cut into the fabric of your cushion. I made my beginning and ending point at the corners thinkng it would be less noticable, but I would not do this in the future as there is too much folded fabric on the corners already.

The finished trunk with upholstered top.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Duh! Moment...Templates

TEMPLATES...Why didn't I think of this sooner?...Duh!
Most of the stuff I upcycle is made from scavenged bits and pieces that were never really ment to go together. I got these great furniture feet of an old ottoman and wanted to put them on a trunk, but there  was no easy way for me to transfer location of the existing bolt holes of the legs to the bottom of the trunk.

After trying a few different methods I wondered how real furniture guys do this, and then it hit me. They have a factory, special tools, plans, and TEMPLATES!!!
I traced the top of the legs onto cardboard, poked a pencil through the bolt holes and used my template to locate the holes on the trunk!