When I shared my French Provincial Chair Makeover recently, I had several people interested in seeing how I did it. It seems there are a lot of upholstery projects waiting for their big makeovers out there! I am not a professional. In fact this was my first upholstery project of this magnitude, so if I can figure it out, you definitely can too!
Today I am sharing how I made the welting that finishes off the edges so nicely. Then I will soon follow up with the chair upholstery. There are too many photos to combine the two into one post.
There is such a thing as double welting cord. I found it online for around 55¢/yard. However I figured there had to be a way to make single cording work. Whenever I add piping to a project, like my dining room chairs, I always use good ole clothesline cording from the hardware department at Walmart.
I used two of these to complete two chairs and a King Size Headboard.
If it’s good enough for piping, it must be good enough for welting!
Let’s get started…
- Cut your fabric into 2 1/2″: strips. Professionals encourage cutting on the bias (diagonal), but I did not. (Rebel, see I told you I wasn’t a professional.) I used the old welting as a guide to determine how much I would need.
- Overlap two pieces end over end.
- Cut on the diagonal.
- Position like so and sew right sides together. (Cutting on the diagonal prevents having a bump in the welting where the two pieces meet. For single piping, just sew end to end straight across.)
- Iron seams flat:
- Continue to connect your strips until you have one long piece.
- Place the cording like so. If the end of your welting will be seen, this will help create a finished edge.
- Fold the fabric snuggly over the cording and sew along the edge. Notice I didn’t mention to run and get your zipper foot. I can’t find mine, so I just used my regular old sewing foot. (If you have one and can find it, feel free to use it.):
- Next, add your second piece of cording…
- Fold the fabric over that piece.
- Then flip it over, fold the top edge down, and sew down the center:
- Trim the excess fabric on the back:
The end of the welting will be unfinished, but you should be able to tuck it behind the finished starting piece. Start and end it in an inconspicuous place.
I used hot glue to attach the welting.
I used this method for my chairs:
And for my headboard makeover:
Hope this was helpful. I’ll be back soon to share how I reupholstered the chairs. 🙂
BOOM! Here it is:
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