double-welting tutorial

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Sewing, Tutorials, upholstery

Well, it only took six months, but I finally finished the “deconstructed chair“!  If you think I always plow through my to-do list and nothing languishes, well, the fact this took me six months should make you feel better.  There are times when I drag my feet, lack motivation, or I’m simply not in the mood.  And upholstery is something I really need to be in the mood for.

So, for those who haven’t seen this chair along the way, here is how it looked shortly after I acquired it.


It was upholstered in a tattered, threadbare pink silk fabric that was stripped off pretty quickly.  I really liked how it looked with just the muslin and burlap, but it was just a little too far gone.  It was shedding horse hair stuffing and burlap fibers like crazy and just wasn’t going be functional at all.  Despite what my husband thinks, function is a factor for me!

And here is the finished chair!


Admittedly, I dragged my feet on this project, but it also took me a while to complete, because I wasn’t 100% sure of which direction I wanted to go.  So, I proceeded slowly, waiting until I was sure.

One thing that I wasn’t sure about was what I would use for piping.  I finally decided the best way to go was custom double-welting.  It’s the kind of trim that involves a lot of sewing, so it’s a little tedious, but it’s simple to make and is just the right finishing touch to make a piece look professional and polished.


Start by cutting a piece of fabric that is as long as you need it and about 3″ wide.

HERE is a video tutorial showing how to cut the fabric on a bias and piece fabric together to get the length you need. Follow these same steps with double welting, but cut the fabric wider.

Fold the fabric over the cotton cording, leaving plenty of fabric on one side to wrap over and cover another piece of cotton cording.  Use a zipper foot in order to sew tightly against the cotton cording.

It should look like this…


Place another piece of cotton cording next to the first piece.


Fold the fabric over to cover the second cotton cord…


Use a double-welting foot to sew the “channel” between the two pieces of cording.  I used the double-welting foot made by Sailrite.


You can use a regular foot, but it won’t allow the stitching to create a channel quite as well.


Cut off the excess fabric with sharp scissors.


Glue or tack cut-side-down onto your piece and that’s it!


The perfect finishing touch for this beautiful chair.


double-welting tutorial

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