Measuring Fabric for Sofa Upholstering

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When measuring fabric for sofa upholstering, be sure to also measure the repeat in the fabric pattern, as this will dictate where the center piece of the arms will be cut. Measure out the fabric to fit the sofa with help from an experienced upholsterer... View Video Transcript

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Bubba Austin

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Today we're going to be measuring some fabric to put on our average three-seater sofa. What we're going to do is measure the inside arms and the tops of the cushion so we can see where our pattern is going to end up being on the sofa. And where do we start measuring from; of course the sofa would need to be toward down, but what we'll be measuring from and don't, don't let it overhang on the back and bring your fabric tape to the front of the arm to help get our center which would be a twenty four inches or so. And what that does is allow our center to plow with the cushion and our inside back. Once we measured our cushion and the back height, we take our pattern and cut it out. The repeat on the fabric will dictate where we need to put the centerpiece on the arm. We would measure our repeat, see what it is; where repeat goes from flower to flower, whichever flower you like to start at, it doesn't matter. We have to measure from center of the pattern to the other center; from this flower, to say that flower. So that's a fourteen and a half by fourteen and a half inch horizontal repeat. We do that in order to keep our pattern centered of the piece. That's the most important part is having the pattern centered of the, of the piece. We measure our inside arm, allowing enough to come through the bottom per pole all the way up and around. Allows about four inches on the bottom or you can cape, if you're limited on fabric, you can sew a pole across it; but you still will allow just a little bit for it to just take through. And you bring it around up underneath and also give about a good half inch or an inch or so just to be able to staple to. So that way we got right here is thirty nine and we'll measure up front to back the depth. You be sure to allow for your bottom piece down here. Sometimes if I tell you, gets a little tricky, you have to allow for that; just kind of have, judge it with your eyeball there; this one is about forty inches. Forty inches there, half of that would be twenty so we have to cheat it down. Actually, we don't have to go the other way on this one, cheat it up to get our pattern in the center. Here's your dot that way, allowing just enough. Here's your thirty eight, keep your bottom mark on that, that way you know where to do it on the top. We then take and draw out the lines that we had marked. As you're doing that, you can eyeball your pattern. Sometimes they're not perfectly straight, so you have to kind of wind it up and keep your eyeball on it, allow yourself enough to draw it through there. The salvages, you really shouldn't sew to on the salvage; that that's the salvage right there, you really need to cheat that back if you're going to be sewing it. But in this application we're just going to be stitching through and staple it so it's going to be okay. Take and just follow your lines with your scissors, straight up through it. Once again, you just kind of follow and making sure you know, you can tell through the pattern if you're pretty much straight with it. We take and cut up this side here and then we later cross the arm and make sure that's what we need. We take our fabric, lay it across the arm. A good thing to remember this, flowers go up as just everything does. You want the pattern going up; you want to make sure that. If you have a nap, you want to make sure you nap; he's right. You make sure that you got enough right here on your front; you pull it around to you. You can take your hand, tuck it down in there and give it a good look at. We'll take our chalk and we'll follow that outline of that wilt. Draw it down there, double check our pattern, make sure it's good and straight. After you made your line around your wilt, you want to cut it out for make sure you leave your half inch for your same allowance and that's how you would begin to cut your outside arms and continue that pattern with your piece and you'll be okay.