Thursday, September 23, 2010

How to Join Fabric when Deep Tufting

In the recent webinar, Deep Tufting for Upholstery presented by Rowley Company, Laurie Medford showed steps for creating deep tufting; a beautiful, padded upholstery surface. 

Included here are the steps for joining fabrics.  This was a popular tip and many attendees requested to see the steps again so we are sharing them here.

 If you missed the webinar and would like to learn how to do deep tufting from start to finish join in on the next live presentation  November 5, 2010 at 11:00 am EST. 
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When creating deep tufting in upholstery, the fabric is joined on the piece, and not sewn together prior to tufing the project.  To do this place the next fabric piece over the area to be covered and match the pattern/grain line.  Tuck the fabric into the hole as if you are adding a button and tufting and mark.    (Note: On this sample the fabric was turned in the opposite direction for photography purposes, the grain line should match).
Draw lines to connect the marks.

Cut fabric allowing at least 1/2" past the lines drawn and clip at the "V".
Tuck under the allowance and pull as usual, making sure to catch the edge of the fabric with the needle when adding the buttons.  Continue tufting the piece using tension to match the rest of the piece.

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