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How to Reupholster a Couch Part 3: Blind Tacking

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Both of my couches are done! Now I can look at the project in retrospect.

    1. It took a lot of hours. Roughly 35.
    2. I was stressed. Mostly because I had a limited fabric supply so I couldn’t screw up.
    3. I was super glad that I thought about this project before starting – how I wanted it to look, in what order I was going to tackle each part, why each color was going where I put it.
    4. The fabric is the key. I love it, therefore I love the outcome.
    5. I pushed myself. As Napoleon Hill says in Think and Grow Rich, burn your lifeboats – meaning don’t have a safety net or you’ll be tempted to give up
    6. Long term, I plan on having these couches, with this fabric last another 10 years. At which point I will do this process again. So 35 hours of work = 10 years of enjoyment.
    7. Because I did this job myself, I have a vested interest in their preservation. Basically, I care deeply about theses couches therefore I’m not going to be careless or sloppy with them.

If you did not see parts 1 & 2 of the couch reupholster process, you may want to do that before you want my video on part 3.

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Now, I created a video for the final part, blind tacking and exposed tacking because I felt it best to see this in action.

The grand finalé of reupholstering the couch was wrapping and tacking the fabric onto the couch structure. Once you tack the fabric around the arm rests (which I first had to sew, then place on like a backwards hood) then I hid the cut ends with blind tacking.

Same thing for the back of the couch. Here I blind tacked along the top, using tiny tacks and strips of recycled cardboard to keep the fabric in a firm line. Then I folded it over the tacks and cardboard.

On the sides, I folded the fabric under and used exposed tacks along the sides. This was a shortcut. Typically you would blind tack along the sides, too, but this was so much easier. Easy is not always a bad thing because I think the brass tacks add to the overall look.

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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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