How to upholstery an old chair.
This chair I repaired is a replica chair of an Artifort Tulip Chair.
The color of the fabric was a worn out color of bright pink, with holes in it.
I replaced it with a dark grey firm upholstery fabric.
Things you need to upholstery a chair is:
* good upholstery fabric.
* a screwdriver.
* a stapler and staples
* a firm type of thread.
* a hammer.
* seam ripper.
* a needle.
Step 1: Get the Fabric of the Chair
The first thing to do is to remove the fabric from the chair.
First I removed the bolts so the sitting and the chair back get loose.
Then with a seam ripper carefully cut the thread witch hold the both side of the fabric together.
The bottom sides of the sitting and chair back are loosened now.
The upper side is attached with staples.
Remove the staples from the upper side of the sitting and chair back.
I used a screwdriver to get underneath a staple and with pliers I removed it completely.
Step 2: Cut Out the Fabric
Lay the old fabric on the new one and attach it with needles, so it won't move.
Then cut out the fabric (see pictures).
Step 3: Staple the Fabric
Now I started with the sitting.
Cover the sitting with the new fabric en attach it first all around with pins.
Best to begin in the middle and fasten it on both sides.
Then at both outsides. Wile pinning the fabric to the chair, I constantly straighten out the fabric to get it smoothed.
When I was pleased with the result I stapled the fabric to the chair.
Starting the same way as I started to pin down the fabric.
After all was stapled, I removed the pins. The staples which didn't get deep enough into the chair sitting, I get a little deeper with help of a hammer.
The other side has to be sewn together.
I started the same way as the upper side. And pinned the fabric to the sitting.
Then to make sure I would find the bolts holes again, I carefully made a hole in the fabric with a seam ripper and already put the bolts back in place.
Now it's time for sewing. I used a firm type of thread and a straight needle. Better to use a bended needle, but I didn't have one.
I pinned down the fabric all around until I was pleased with how it looked like.
Then I started to sew all around. The stitch best used is to get trough the fabric and then strait to the opposite site. See the third picture. Every time when I get to a pin I removed it.
Step 6: The Result
The same I did for the back of the chair.
And then attached the sitting and the back of the chair again to it's frame.