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The Beginner's Guide to Upholstery by Vicky Grubb

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By Vicky Grubb

10 possible DIY upholstery and reupholstery tasks on your domestic

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This is your backing fabric. With wrong sides facing, pin the backing fabric to one of the tea towels along the bottom edge. To ensure you have the pattern of the tea towel exactly where you want it, you may need to trim the tea towel to size before inserting the zip. 2 Using the straight foot attachment on your sewing machine, sew the two pieces together along the pinned edge, removing the pins as you sew. Press the seam open. Using the zip foot, insert a length of zip along the sewn seam (see Techniques: Putting in a Zip).

Trim off any foam that hangs over the edge with a bread knife or scissors. 3 Lay two layers of polyester wadding to fit over the top and sides of the lid. Pinch the wadding together at the corners and trim off any excess to reduce bulk. 4 Measure the lid across the top and over the edge to the inside of the lid and cut out the calico to size. Place the calico on your table and place the lid on top, covered side facing down. Starting at the middle of each edge, staple the calico in place using 6mm (1⁄4in) staples.

Lay the fabric face down on the table and place the lid on top, covered side facing down. Starting from the middle of each edge, staple the fabric in place, as with the calico, making ‘V’ cuts around the hinges ( D). 7 Turn the lid over and cut a piece of calico to exactly fit the underside. Staple the calico in place using size 6mm (1⁄4in) staples ( E). 5cm (5⁄8in) turning allowance. Along the back edge of the lid, apply back tack tape to the wrong side of the fabric in between and to either side of the hinges (see Techniques: Back Tack Tape).

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