Hello! So much has happened since my last post almost a year ago. I started a new job, got a new car and then relocated to a beautiful new house in San Diego, California! During all of that time I barely had a moment to work on any projects and in fact I have quite a few that are unfinished. However, as we are settling into our new home I’ve had some time to work on new projects.
My new house is SO PRETTY! We barely had enough furniture to fill it up and the stuff we do have needs some up cycling! Given that I have so many home projects on my mind, I hope that I can share them with you all as well as my usual knitting and crochet projects!
One of the first things I decided needed a facelift was my sofa. I have had this sofa since I was in college six years ago… and even then it was gifted to me (so I have no idea how old it actually is). It is still very pretty and comfy though (not to mention, we can’t afford a new one). Regardless of circumstance, I constantly encounter the same problem with it: frumpy cushions.
No matter how many times I fluff and arrange them, having a family who basically lives in the family room means the cushions are eventually going to lose their shape and look… well, tacky and frumpy and craptastic like so.
I needed a way in which my couch could still look really nice yet my cushions would hold their shape and voila! TUFTING! It’s all the rage right now I hear, I’m sure you’ve seen those gorgeous tufted headboards. I knew instantly this would be such an easy and yet classy looking makeover for my couch. I decided to make a faux-button tuft on my cushions, for my DIY instructions see below.
- Embroidery thread
- Large upholstery needles
- Chalk (I used white eyeliner)
- Yarn needle (not shown)
- Measuring tape
- Measure your cushions using your measuring tape.
- On a sheet of paper, you will want to measure out and position your tufting coordinates.
- Based on your “blueprint”, mark with your chalk or white eyeliner on your pillow where your tufting will go.
- Measure out a piece of embroidery thread to about both arm’s length (open both arms wide) and cut. Fold that piece in half and then thread the fold into the needle. Next, fold that in half so that the needle is in the center, you should have 4 strands.
- Make a knot at the end. You can sew the upholstery needle through the knot a few times to make it larger and make it look more “neat.”
- Insert the upholstery needle into one of the marked spaces on your cushion, being careful to push it straight down. Pull it through and tug a little bit, hold the strand for tension and then put the needle back through the cushion a few centimeters away from original exit… pulling it back through the front (as close to the knot as possible). Pull this as tight as you want it to go and continue to repeat this process (go back through to the back, pull… back to the front, pull) a few more times. You can then Cut the thread from the upholstery needle (leaving a long tail) and secure the ends into the cushion. Trim any excess threads.
- Continue for each marking.
The tufting made such a difference in the appearance of my couch.. but I did not realize the cushions would feel much smaller! Keep this in mind!
I was so used to my big, oversized and fluffy cushions that having something so neat and tidy felt a little odd at first… overall, I am much happier with my makeover.
Now my family can live on the couch again and I don’t have to constantly fluff! I hope this inspires you and that you will give something in your home a makeover too Have a great day!