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Saturday, August 27, 2011

"Get Off of My Sofa!!!"

OK. I am back to mini normal....Kind of... I did Zar's sofa this morning.

This is an easy build. Since it was all going to be upholstered, I did it with illustration board.

I cut pieces for a box that would end up being seat height and the length of the living room wall.

Then I cut a piece for the back and cut a shape for 1/2 the top on an index card. I traced that on illustration board also.

I cut all of the pieces out and fitted the bottom box together. The piece labeled seat and the back will be tufted.

I marked out where I wanted the tufting to be on the pieces and set Zar to work poking holes with a needle tool. This board is tough, about the same as mat board, so you really need to have holes where you are going to sew.
After that was finished, I put a thin coat of batting to the front of the sofa and covered that with fabric. No tufting there. On the seat and back, I used the higher loft light batting and did two thicknesses.

I didn't bother with the sides or back as the sofa will be built in and not moved.

Starting in the center of each piece and working out to the edges, I used a doubled thread to go through all thicknesses of the board, stuffing and fabric. I went through the same hole both ways in the cardboard, but a few threads away from the original hole on the fabric side.

After finishing the tufting. I wrapped the edges of the fabric around to the back and glued them in place.

The seat part could be hinged, but I didn't. Zar has a way of getting into things that are closed to all but himself.

I put the pieces in place to make sure that the would fit. They still need to be trimmed out and glued.

Tessie also has a way of getting into places that are supposed to be closed to her.

By the time that Zar entered the trailer to see it, Tessie was sitting comfortably on on end with her bag of chips and some cupcakes. Now you know why the title is what it is. Zar has yet to try out his own new sofa.

I do believe that I will tip toe quietly away and let them settle it.

See you tomorrow, with finished sofa and a few comfy pillows.


Michelle said...

It's fabulous and I love! You are a genius as always. ;o)

Michelle xx

Carey said...

Love the curved back of your sofa and the tufting. You make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing how you did it. Can't wait to see the pillows.
Have a great weekend.

Minteriors said...

What a "glamorous" sofa! The fabric is a total WOW. I'll check back to see the finished product.

Cris Bottaro said...

Além de lindo o sofá arece ser confortável!!! Parabéns!

Ivana said...

Me encanta como te quedó el sillón, esta precioso!!! Besos desde Argentina!!! ;)

Caseymini said...

Minteriors, it is the same fabric that I used for the draperies around the bed. For some reason, it almost looks cream colored in the photo. It is really two shades of beige/gold.

Audra said...

That is great how you did the tufting. I have tried that on a couch I recovered and could not get the need through. You make it look so simple!

Caseymini said...

Audra, it definitely is much easier if you use a needle tool first to mark the spots and start the holes. I had a tough time too until I started using the needle tool first.

Drora's minimundo said...

It's wonderful, and generous, the way you create and teach at the same time. The sofa looks great! Thank you, once more, for sharing.