Well, technically, it’s a chaise lounge of a different color…
She contacted me and requested that I “re-upholster” it for her. Being the Accidental Seamstress that I am, I suggested a slip cover might work out a little better, so we came to an arrangement…
Next thing I know, I have the chair and this amazing fabric she picked out:
First thing’s first… I measured every “side” of the chair. Ashley already gave me measurements but… you can never be too careful.
Then, I measured out the material allowing for 1/2″ seam allowances (and a little extra room just in case…).
I pinned it to the chaise lounge to make sure I cut the pieces properly.
I double and triple checked my work by trying all the pieces on the couch right-side out as well
I knew the longer part of the lounge chair would be the most difficult, which is why I did it last. It measured 46″ long but, again, I wanted to allow for error so I decided I would cut it 50″. The bolt of the fabric Ashley gave me was 55″ long… I figured it’d just be easier to cut the fabric off the bolt itself, and then I could trim it.
I put it on the cushion to verify the fit
When the pieces were cut, I began pinning.
Because this was all on the “curve” I cut notches to eliminate puckering
Our Janome 8200 is the perfect tool for the task at hand 🙂
Iron seam open when finished
I don’t mind telling you that on most of the corner pieces I had to do this a few times. I was kind of anticipating it, which is why I cut the pieces longer, and sewed the edges longer than the exact length of the pieces. You can always seam rip a few stitches more easily than add them back in, especially on a piece this large.
I found a staple gun and, with the help of my brother, went ahead and stapled the fabric for Ashley. Originally, I recommend she do that because I didn’t have access to one… but since I did, I did it for her 🙂
I trimmed the excess fabric hanging down (after it was stapled) and called it a day.
Technically, it took me 2 days but who’s counting?
I really wanted to blow Ashley off… but I have a hard time saying “No” to friends. Plus, I thought it would be a fun challenge.
As I got into it I feared I bit off more than I could chew… but once I found my rhythm, I couldn’t help but admire my hard work 🙂