I have sewn for many years, but now I need help. Does anyone have any instructions for the reupholstering of sofa cushions. Any instructions, suggestions and help will be greatly appreciated. Have a nice day, take care and stay safe.
Willi from Calgary, AB
I think the best way is to take the old coverings off the cushions, carefully take apart all the seams and use the pieces as your pattern. I have done this before, and used an old sheet or material as a sample cover to make sure it's going to work okay first before cutting into the expensive material.
I have a friend who has done all the reupholstering on chairs, etc. I think she sure is brave! :) She gets her supplies from an upholstery shop. The people at the upholstery shop even helped her with advice when she had questions.
I hope it all goes well for you!!
I have taken an upholstery class at the local community college. Priceless! Cushions are just tedious. But, well worth the effort. Take the cushion cover apart. Use it as a pattern. Even save the zipper. Remember to add stuffing to the old insert. Time and usage causes it to flatten, so just add polyester fill. Not in the bag, the one on a roll used for quilts. Wrap it around the cushion insert. Then just remake the cover, and you will be a happy camper.
Taking the cushion cover apart and using it for a pattern is the best way, but for those of us that aren't that good with the sewing machine, I tried something a little different. I had a floral design couch with cushions that had big holes worn through the covers. I measured my cushions, and sewed "pillow cases" much like bed pillow cases. The background of the floral pattern was tan, and I had some curtains that I had made from tan bed sheets, so made my cushion covers plain tan, using these tan curtains. Thus I recycled the sheets a second time. I put the cushions inside my "pillow cases", and tucked the excess from the open end into the back of the sofa. This extended the life of my sofa for about a year, and then I replaced it.
Harlean from Arkansas.
I took a reupholstering class and we carefully took the old cushion apart and used it as a pattern. Works great and it isn't hard.
Have you tried Googling? You might find instructions that way. God bless you!
I use the existing cushion cover as a pattern, taking the cover apart at the seams. If the covers don't have zippers existing in them, just give seam allowances in your upholstery fabric cuts.
I have taken an upholstery class at the local community college. Priceless!!!!!!!!!!! Cushions are just tedious. But, well worth the effort. Take the cushion cover apart. Use it as a pattern. Even save the zipper. Remember to add stuffing to the old insert. Time and usage causes it to flatten, so just add polyester fill. Not in the bag, the one on a roll used for quilts. Wrap it around the cushion insert. Then just remake the cover, and you will be a happy camper.
I'm in the middle of making new covers for my love seat and did exactly what most of the posts here suggested -- took apart the old cover and used it as a pattern. When cutting the new cover pieces, take into account that it's possible the old covers may have frayed along the edges so measuring the cushion itself can be helpful. Also, if you opt for machine washable fabric, be sure to wash it before you cut out the new cover pieces.
There are instructions and also videos showing how to cut and sew boxed and welted cushions here