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Prepping for Reupholstering a Couch

EORcouch_part1I sew when it’s needed, not so much for the love of creating, but to carry out a need or a vision I have. Some of those needs involve fabric piping and zippers, to which I clumsily got by with the standard sewing foot I had.

The results we okay, but not perfect.

Then my husband I began discussing the possibility of me reupholstering our two couches. The couches are 10 years old, structurally sound, super comfortable but stained beyond redemption.

As a Reduction Rebel, i could not waste these couches, just because of the fabric. I’ve got to make my best effort to reupholster and salvage them for another 10 years.

EORwhitecouch_before

To embark on a project like reupholstering a couch I took these first initial steps:

1. I bought the book,The Complete Guide to Repairing & Restoring Furniture

2. I bought Scotch Guard and tested it on the fabric I’m going to use. BTW, Scotch Guard is in the aisle with floor cleaner – not the laundry aisle where a normal, logical person would think to look.

3. I bought a zipper foot for my sewing machine. My sewing machine is from 1955, so I thoughtEORcouch_piping2 it would be difficult to get this foot. I looked around on Ebay and Etsy and the only one I could find sold in 2011 for $12. So I called my local sewing store and they had one for $5. Score!

I love you Zipper Foot

Yesterday, I recovered the first of 12 pillows on my couches. Holy success! The piping is perfect, the zipper is perfect. I’m in love. The old fabric went in the trash and I was able to reuse the zipper and stuffing from the original pillow.

Notice the fabric rolls behind the pillow: dark brown, hot pink, khaki and sage green. These are the colors I have to work with. I have lost plenty of sleep trying to figure out how to use these colors tastefully and evenly, because the company that made this fabric (recycled from t-shirt scraps) went out of business, so I cannot buy more.

Notice the fabric rolls behind the pillow: dark brown, hot pink, khaki and sage green. These are the colors I have to work with. I have lost plenty of sleep trying to figure out how to use these colors tastefully and evenly, because the company that made this fabric (recycled from t-shirt scraps) went out of business, so I cannot buy more.

Stay tuned for my progress!

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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