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Upcycle: DIY Couch Reupholster Project: Part 2

EORPillow_piping_WIPI’m not going to lie, this is kind of a huge under taking. And the huge part comes with will and determination. It’s one thing to make a couple pillows, it’s a test of will to make twelve.

I have to say, though, if it weren’t for my zipper foot and heavy duty sewing needles I would not be where I am on the satisfaction scale. (I broke at least 5 regular sewing machine needles before running to the store for heavy duty needles.)


To do the piping on my pillows and seat cushions, I use poly cord that you can buy at places like Lowes and Home Depot. Fifty feet of cord costs about $3. Pretty economical.

Then I cut 2″ wide strips of fabric.

Fold the fabric over the cord and sew.


One important detail I overlooked when I did the little pillows was the flap of fabric the covers over the zipper. This is actually easier to sew when you include the flap and, of course, it gives it a cleaner look.


So look closely at the photo above. The zipper is being pinned to the hem of the flap that will cover over the zipper. I used pink thread so it’s easy to see the back side of the flap in between the open zipper.

Allow an extra 3/4″ at the zipper end of the pillow.

Hem it so that the flap measures 1/4″

Then pin /sew the open zipper onto the cut section of the hemmed flap.

SCOTCH GUARDEORscotch_guard1

When you’re done with each pillow or cushion, Scotch Guard them. Be sure you’re outside or in a well ventilated area, wear a mask and gloves.


As of today, I have all 12 pillows complete and 2 of the 4 seat cushions.

The next step will be attaching the new fabric to the couch!

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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