Mix and Match Fabric: A Cheaper Way to Upholster
Chair One: Mix-and-Match Upholstery Fabric.
In furniture upholstering, mixing-and-matching the fabric is the best way to go. Some people may not like the style, but I do, and I see it more and more. Just look in the decorating magazines or Country Living and you will see find excellent examples of mix-and-match upholstery.
I love the look. Here are some ideas of what can be done with your sofas, chairs, or footstools using different fabrics.
Chair Two: Cushions Covered in a Quilt
This chair's seat and back were covered in an old quilt. I think this is a good idea for old quilts you may have around—use them to cover a chair or footstool. Many times quilts are in such bad shape they're only good for cutting. You do have to remember quilts are not going to be as strong as upholstery fabric. You can also sew your own blocks together and use it to cover a chair.
Different sections of chairs and sofas can be upholstered in a different fabric; arms and front of arms can be done differently. Seats and back can be in different fabrics.
If it's just the cushions you want to be upholstered and don't want to do it yourself it's very cheap to have just this done, better than buying a new sofa. I once took in seat cushions which had been torn up by a dog. I found the fabric took the chairs in and had them upholstered, very cheap.
A cutter quilt can either be a vintage quilt or just a quilt has worn out and you only use it for cutting. Cutting quilts can't be fixed, but can be used for something else.I have an example of cutter pieces I bought at a yard sale.
Chair Three Quilt on top.
Here's another pretty chair with a quilt used to upholster it. On this chair, it looks like they just covered the top of the back cushion, the seat cushion and the top of the stool. Maybe it has been just sewn on by hand.
The yellow part of the chair looks like it could be the old upholstery, the chair may have come in.
Chair Four Is Shabby Chic.
This chair is a favorite of mine. It has been upholstered in scraps of fabric and a sampler used on the back of the chair. Samplers are pretty easy to find in yard sales or antique stores usually not real expensive. Ebay also has some good buys. Trim has also been added to the sampler. It's done in different fabrics for the arms and another fabric for the seat and back. Shabby chic look but could be done in any color.
Chair Five Is An Old Quilt.
This chair is done in old quilts but also can be done with remnants. This is my kind of chair I love all the bright colors. Any old chair you find anywhere can be done this way. Old pieces of quilts can be bought pretty cheaply if it is just a cutting quilt. You can also find lots of fabrics which look like quilts. Old bedspreads or comforters will also work. This chair looks to me like it might have some old velvet fabrics on it.
Chair Six this chair two different fabrics back and front.
Chair 6 is my chair. I wanted it done with roosters and I found a fabric which had small roosters on it then I also wanted a black plaid of some kind. I found the plaid fabric they are not coordinating fabric, but they do look good together.
This chair and its mate I saw on the side of the highway and yelled to my husband "STOP". We drove in the drive and they sold them to us for 2.00 each.
I saw the fabric in JoAnn's and waited for them to go on sale before I bought them.
Right now I have two love seats which need to have the cushions covered. When I get them done I will be sure to put the pictures on.
Chair Seven Modern Look.
This chair was done in a plain fabric for the front and colorful stripe fabric for the back. It has a more of a modern look. Chairs don't always have to look country. You can use any fabric which has a modern look to it and make any chair look great. Fabric stores are always putting upholstery fabric on sale. The price is usually pretty good or if you find discontinued fabric in the store.
Chair Eight Plaids and Flowers
Another example of different fabrics on the chairs 8 and 9. Plaids work the best to add with a pattern. High back chairs seem easy to find at yard sales I just saw one this summer it looked like the two chairs pictured.The chair needed to be recovered. It was so pretty and had good bones, but I have to remember I live in a small house now and can't bring home everything I see. I don't want to become a hoarder.
Chair Nine Flowers, Stripes and Red Plaid.
I think chair 9 is beautiful. I love the colors. I'm a red person, anything has red in it makes me happy. They have mixed three fabric on this chair. The red and white plaid is down the front of the arms. Any kind of coordinated plaid mixed in with the flower fabric will always look nice.
Black and red always look nice together.
Chair Ten Quilt and Fabric Mix.
Another chair is done in a quilt. Yellow on the sides and quilt on the seats. This chair looks so homey and warm.
Use up any fabric you have. Why not? It's also a cheaper way of upholstery because if you have leftover fabric you can use it up.
Also, if you use a solid, say on the back of a chair solids are most of the time cheaper to buy than a printed fabric.
Coordinating fabrics can be used, but it's also ok to use fabric which does not coordinate at all.
I really don't care if my fabric is coordinating I'm all for putting on any fabric you like.
You can also turn remnants of upholstery fabric into a quilt by cutting into blocks and sewing together then put on chair or footstool.
Chair 11 is a mixture of fabric added in blocks and in all colors.
You could make them look like chairs from McKenzies-Child. These chairs run up to $5,000.00.
The chair below looks like a man's chair or if you like rustic it will fit right in with this kind of decor.
Covering a sofa.
This sofa is covered in coordinating fabric. If you look at it close you will see a different fabric on the front, seats, back and arms. I count four different fabrics.
The best thing about this is if you have an old sofa or chair that wears out just on the cushions you can have just the cushions replaced with a fabric which coordinates with the rest of the sofa or chair.
You can also use leather and fabric for a sofa or chair.
Sofa in different fabric.
Another sample of sofas done in different fabrics. Solid color sofa works best then you can just do the cushions in a different fabric. Through the years, I have gotten rid of so many sofas I wish I still had and could cover them this way.
Don't forget paint cloths, they are so strong and come in big pieces they can be used to cover furniture. .
I once heard Suzanne Somers say she covered everything in her house in muslin because it was so neutral and it is one of the cheaper fabrics.
Also if you come across drapes that are cheap they can be used to cover furniture. Just think how cool old 50's fabric would look on a chair. Old drapes are often found in yard sales.
Stools covered in old tablecloths.
Covering stools, have an old vintage tablecloth, dresser runner or anything like old embroidered pieces that you aren't going to use for anything else, or parts of them have been ruined use them in your upholstery of stools.
I have also used place mats for covering a wood chair seat. You may have to add fabric to the place mat to make it big enough, but if you sew it's easy to put more than one placemat together.
Ottoman, Hassock or Footstool
This ottoman (hassock) (footstool) sales for $499. but the same type can easily be made from remnants of fabric you have or can be bought in any fabric store. Upholstery or regular fabric. Patchwork design is very popular. Remember if you have an old coffee table it can always be turned into a footstool. A little batting and fabric.
Check out some more upholstery ideas in Pinterest.
Do You Like Mix and Match?
Story of the Ugly Chair.
This is the chair from he--!!
I have done everything to get rid of this chair. It looks terrible, it's dirty, it's ugly, it's falling apart, the frame is broken. My husband loves this chair. It's an old Lazy Boy chair, wall away rocker. The wall away part of it broke long ago. Lazy Boy replaced it with just a regular recliner mechanism. We bought it in about 1972. It was once gold. After they replaced it we had it upholstered in this blue. The blue doesn't go with anything in our living room now.
It was used to rock our youngest son.
The kids have piled on my husband in this chair. The dogs and cats did too.
I slept in it at night when my heart was giving me so much trouble.
Our oldest granddaughter use to sit in it with her papa when he had hair. She would put all her little girl hair barrettes and hair clips in his hair.
My husband broke his ribs when he fell on the ice. He slept in this chair for weeks.
He rocked our two youngest granddaughters in this chair when they were babies.
We finally put the chair down in the basement. My husband was so unhappy with the chair he was using I finally gave up and we hauled this old chair back up. As you can see all of our animals love it too.
I have never seen this chair anyplace else until I saw Matthew McConaughey bio on TV and he showed his Dad's old chair. It was the same chair my husband has and he had his reupholstered in leather. I would like to do also, but my husband does not like leather. It definitely has to be reupholstered but in what? The fabric will have to be strong and the frame will have to be fixed.
Everyone knows this is Papa's chair. When he goes out of the room everyone sits in it but when Papa walks in the room they all jump up and move to another chair.
This is our dog Reno (13) in the chair. Well, when I find the right fabric it will be covered again unless it really falls apart. I've tried to just get him a new recliner, but he can't find any he likes. It's the Archie Bunker chair.
The old chair is gone now. My husband has passed away. Both the dogs (Reno and Doc) have passed away. I miss the old chair, the dogs and most of all I miss my husband.
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