Part four of the video tutorial series on reupholstering the French chairs is here. If you missed parts 1-3, you can find them here…
Now that the frames are ready, it’s time to work with the fabric. As I mentioned in the first video, we set aside the fabric we removed from the chair in order to use the pieces as a template. I remember the first few pieces I upholstered, I chucked the fabric and started from scratch and that was definitely “the hard way.” You make things so much easier on yourself if you keep the old fabric and use it to your advantage.
When it comes to selecting fabric to work with, the weight of the fabric is very important. If the fabric is too thin, it might tear as you’re pulling it to get a tight fit. It might also wear out faster.
In addition to the weight, test the fabric to see if there is any stretch to it. If this is your first time upholstering, choosing a fabric with a little give will make things easier. You don’t want it to be super stretchy, but it’s nice if it gives a little.
The pattern of the fabric is also important. I would suggest working with either a solid colored fabric or one with an all-over busy print, so you don’t have to worry about lines being straight or patterns matching up. I worked with a lot of solid fabric before I graduated to stripes and checks!
As you may have noticed, my favorite fabric to work with is antique hemp. It is a perfect weight, hard wearing and even though it’s light in color, it’s very forgiving when it comes to stains and dirt.
Antique hemp isn’t always easy to find, but you can purchase new hemp fabric.
As I say in the video, though, I always suggest working with an inexpensive fabric for your first few times, so you don’t stress about messing it up.
If you’re ready for the next step, you can find PART 5 HERE.