DIY: UPHOLSTERY PROJECT

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THE BOOK NOOK: My dad is always working on something in his house, and he turned a former closet into a beautiful reading nook. The biggest issue he faced was the upholstery piece because he couldn’t use any power tools to create removable cushion covers.

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THE PRICE IS NOT RIGHT: He contacted a professional and received an estimate for the work. I’m 100% sure the professional would’ve completed a much better job, but I also don’t blame my dad for wanting to save a little bit of money and go the do-it-yourself route.

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WANTED: CUSHION COVERS: Because my dad’s house is used as a central point for parties and visited by kids frequently, he wanted removable covers in case of accidents. Velcro, with the help of a glue gun, was used to keep the last flap on all the covers closed.

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NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED: I might not have upholstery experience, but I have plenty of experience with Pinterest and sewing. I used one experimental method with one of the smaller cushions, and thankfully, the first cushion cover met my dad’s approval. Yay!

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THE PRICE OF TWO LUNCHES: My dad paid me by taking me out to lunch twice (hello, shawarma and nachos!). He also paid for everything for else — the fabric, the velcro, and the foam — and provided his glue gun and iron and ironing board for my use.

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JENNIFER FOR THE WIN: Our measurements were a bit off because five yards weren’t enough to cover all the cushions. Fortunately, I convinced my dad to buy a second pattern fabric instead of a boring solid color. My dad had doubts, but he trusted my judgment. In the end, he said I was right!

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JUST AROUND THE CORNER: How beautiful is this corner seam? I am so proud of it! It’s so gorgeous that I just might shed a little tear of happiness. The third method was definitely the easiest and looks the best in my opinion. Again, look at that beautiful corner seam! So amazing.

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TYING EVERYTHING TO TOGETHER: With some of the leftover fabric, I made a nice pillowcase for a body pillow my dad found and thought would be a nice addition to the reading nook. The two fabrics are totally my dad’s style, and I’m happy I could help him out.

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PRETTY LITTLE READING NOOK: After three afternoons with a sewing machine, an iron, and a glue gun, the DIY upholstery project was finished. Despite some errors and imperfections, I’m pretty proud of my first upholstery project. I think the book nook looks fabulous!

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4 thoughts on “DIY: UPHOLSTERY PROJECT

  1. Nice job. I’m impressed that you teach yourself how to do all these things. I love Pinterest and can spend hours on the site.

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