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Matte Vinyl / Faux Leather Upholstery Ideas

Posted by Slabs On November - 19 - 2012

Leather can make any room look complete, but a piece of furniture made from genuine leather can cost more than your carefully planned budget allows. A way around this is to reupholster an old piece of furniture yourself using faux leather that you can buy at most fabric stores. This allows you to have the perfect leather piece that you want for the room that is unique and relatively inexpensive. It also lets you turn an old piece in to something that looks brand new.

​Two of the smallest ways you can incorporate leather furniture in a room is through a great foot stool or storage ottoman. The footstool can be as simple as these with the strip of leather fabric stretched across the frame of the stool. It is simple and allows for you to fold it up and store it away when not in use. The ottoman is also great; a lot of them can function as an extra place to store items as well. Both the stool and the ottoman could be neutrals or they could bring in a nice accent color to the room with a brighter color.

​For a bigger faux leather upholstery project, an armchair is a classic for any living room or family room. The great thing about having a piece of furniture upholstered yourself is that you can have a variety of options that you may not be able to choose from in the store. As shown here, you can have a straight backed chair with smooth leather or you can have a chair that lets you sink in to the quilted leather. Dyed leather, as displayed with the red leather chair, can bring another set of options for you to choose from.

​A lot of people forget that there are other options to choose from when you cannot find the piece of furniture that you had in mind at the store. Reupholstering old furniture allows you to choose the style of the furniture and the type of leather you want. In the end, you get a great piece of furniture that is sure to stand out in a room.

Upholstery Vinyl Sewing Tips

Posted by Slabs On November - 5 - 2012

sewing vinyl upholstery fabricOnce you have the basic sewing techniques down, you can pretty much sew anything. However, there are sometimes when you do not want to jump right in and start sewing on a large piece of fabric. These times are typically going to be when you have specialty fabrics such as satin, lace, or any of the thicker upholstery fabrics. For these, you will want to practice on a smaller sample of the fabric just to make sure you have the hang of it. While it may seem tedious, it will save you the trouble of tearing out stitches later because the fabric was snagging on the needle or the thread broke. It will save you time later if you take the time at the beginning to practice.

There is a certain way for sewing vinyl versus sewing cotton or chiffon. For starters, you definitely want to practice on a small piece of vinyl fabric. Any marks made in vinyl are going to stay there; there’s no way to get them out. Even those tiny holes made from pins are going to show. This is why you do not want to have to rip out a seam or re-pin your vinyl fabric; all those mistakes will show. Practicing will get you used to the feel of sewing vinyl.

You will be able to tell from practicing sewing the vinyl that it is a heavier material. If you have never sewn vinyl before, you will learn right away from practicing that you will need heavier pins and needles. The lighter pins and needles will work but you will end up breaking more than a few of them. Heavy quilting pins work better if you feel the need to pin (remember, the holes are permanent). If you do pin, keep the pins within the seam allowance so the holes don’t show in the finished piece. Needles that are used to sew leather will also work with vinyl.

If you are using a sewing machine, an industrial machine will give you an easier time than a machine that is typically used just for mending at home. Make sure to oil the machine before every use and place tissue paper under the vinyl when sewing to help make the sewing process smoother.


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