Spruce Upholstery Tip: Replicating a Sewn Upholstery Pattern

I find many people are discouraged from taking on certain upholstery projects because of their lack of sewing abilities. When I started at Spruce, I had very little sewing experience. You may be surprised at how simple upholstery sewing usually is. I have a neat little tip for you to keep in your back pocket…

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DIY Honeycomb Fabric Ornaments

Hello readers! I am so excited to be back in Austin. Amanda and I had so much fun on the Spruce book tour, but I was really eager to be home so that I could get into holiday mode.  I have a really fun afternoon project for you! I found this adorable DIY ornament project…

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Spruce Lampshade Video is on Creativebug!

You can now learn how to do more upholstery projects by going to Creativebug! Yes, this week the website, which curates a variety of video workshops focused on crafts, launches Amanda’s tutorials. The video featured this month shows Creativebuggers how to make a lampshade from scratch ($9.99). Eventually, the site will have instructional videos of Amanda’s upholstered…

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How to Make a Party Hat!

Yay! It’s party day! If you haven’t heard yet, we’ll be having a party tonight at Mockingbird Domestics to celebrate the release of our long-awaited book: Spruce: a Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design. In the spirit of celebration, I made these festive party hats using some of the scrap fabric we have lying around…

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Spruce Upholstery Tip: Attaching Pulls to Skimpy Pieces of Fabric

There may be times when you find yourself with barely enough fabric for a project. I recently had firsthand experience with this very problem. Not having enough fabric to pull and staple can be very frustrating and result in a below par product. This week’s tip only takes about a minute to do and will…

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Spruce Upholstery Tip: Venting Leather and Vinyl Cushions with Grommets

Venting your cushions is a must if you’re working with leather or vinyl. These two materials don’t allow air to escape as easily as cloth does; therefore, you may experience a little pushback as opposed to some squish when sitting on an unvented leather or vinyl cushion. Something as easy as adding grommets will allow…

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Spruce Upholstery Tip: Attaching Double Welt

When upholstering furniture that has an exposed staple line, double welt can be a handy helper. Of course, there are a couple of other options such as decorative nailheads or gimp, but if double welt cord is what you choose, then please allow me to give you a few pointers to make it look as…

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Spruce Upholstery Tip: Chalk Transfer

It is quite a common occurrence that we get furniture in pairs.  This can provide the additional challenge of not only making the pair look great but also making them look the same.  I have a  nifty trick if you ever find yourself in this predicament.  The example below is actually done on my very…

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Spruce Upholstery Tip: How to Level a Skirt

This trick is simple yet very effective.  A small amount of string proved to be very helpful to Frank while attaching this waterfall skirt.  In cases like these, our eyeballs cannot be trusted to accurately tell if the skirt is level.  This fun little string trick ensures that you will get it right the first…

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Upholstery Class at Spruce

A few weeks ago, we did some teaching at the Spruce workshop, and boy, did we have a good time.  We had four fun personalities which led to many funny times. We actually got a little work done, too. Everyone left with a much different chair than they walked in with.  The makeovers were rather…

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