In active homes, our sofas endure more use than practically any piece of furniture. Consequently, it is not unusual for the sofa cushion covers to become soiled or worn well before the rest of the sofa shows signs of aging. Fortunately, sofa cushion covers are easy to repair or even to replace.
Most repairs to sofa cushion covers require the use of a sewing machine. Sometimes, however, just a good cleaning using upholstery shampoo and a vacuum can do wonders for the sofa’s overall appearance. Simple repairs to the cushion covers can in many cases even be accomplished by hand using just a needle and thread.
Torn seams or even small tears in the body of a cushion cover can be repaired without taking the cover off its cushion. Carefully select your thread so that it exactly matches the predominant color of the area to be repaired. Whipstitch the edges of the tear or seam closed being careful to turn the edges of the fabric inside and to adequately secure them using small neatly-spaced stitches.
Another common repair on sofa cushion covers is a welting replacement. After carefully removing the old welting, you can either buy new pre-manufactured welting at a fabric supply store or use a fabric that matches the sofa cover to cover a small diameter rope. You can either use a sewing machine to stitch the fabric covering around the rope or you can do it by hand.
You can use a sewing machine to make a sleeve for the rope. This sleeve will be constructed inside-out but will ultimately be turned so that the right side of the fabric is on the outside when the rope is inserted. You can also cover the welting by hand, carefully pinching the edges of the fabric inward toward the rope while you whip stitch the fabric in place. The welting is then attached to the edges of the existing cushions by hand using small neat stitches and matching threads.
When the welting will be used to edge new cushion covers, the fabric covering of the welting can be stitched in place leaving the fabric’s edges sticking out from the side of the rope. This will allow the edges of the welting to be sandwiched between the edges of the cushion covers as they are being sewn together.
When new cushion covers are needed the old ones can be used as patterns for the new. Carefully take the old covers apart at the seams and use the various parts as patterns for cutting new covers. Position the new pieces together face to face and use the sewing machine to stitch them securely in place. The last seam will have to be equipped with a zipper or stitched in place by hand after the cushion is inserted into its new cover.
With just a little investment in time and materials old sofas can be given a new life. Cleaning and repairing the cushion covers is a simple means of adding years of beauty and function to one of the most heavily used items of furniture in your home.With just a little