One budget saver when redecorating your home is to keep perfectly fine furniture that may be a little tired or worn and recover them with gorgeous fabrics (many can be found in your local fabric store’s bargain bin). How to do that? It may be a little intimidating for novice DIYers, but you can find loads of help online that will walk you step-by-step through the project, teaching you how to be an expert in no time. Here’s a selection of tutorials I’ve handpicked for recovering sofas, chairs and ottomans that will help you get the job done. I’ve sorted them each into their own group below for easier browsing and if I come across anything that has something new to offer, I’ll be sure to add it to the list. Good luck!
Step-by-Step Sofa Slipcover : Lots of pictures and detailed instructions for making a custom fitting slipcover.
Reupholstering A Couch : Old fabric is stripped from the couch then new is stapled into place (using the old pieces as a template).
Ruffle Back : Drop cloth is used for the seat and back, layers of ruffles are attached with glue.
Drop Cloth : Two-part tutorial for covering the chair backs, seat cushions and making a skirt with dropcloth.
Drafting : Example piece is a wing chair but the tutorial shows how to measure and make pattern pieces (from kraft paper) for any type of chair.
Ottomans & Accessories
Ottoman : Have a perfectly functional but ratty old ottoman on your hands? Here’s how to sew a lovely cover for it.
Round Stool How-To : (Video tutorial) Shows how to work the fabric smoothly and evenly with no bumps, lumps or puckers.