Retro Sofa Upholstery


I did as much as I could last night on the retro sofa kit from Kris Compas, before I needed to decide on the fabric. This is the base, seat and back cushions padded out with batting, and the back (being held in place with rubber bands until the glue cures). The dots mark the tufting positions (with a small correction).


I surprised myself somewhat by going with the gold and blue fans — originally I thought the Paisley. Thank you all for your input. It was fun and interesting to hear what you would choose. This piece is the covering for the bottom of the sofa.


Here is the curved back. There is rather a lot of triangular notching to do.


The back glued on to the seat base. Silk is slippery to cut and glue straight!


The sofa so far. Next up is tufting and covering the back cushion, making the buttons (with the cute button press supplied with the kit), making the piping or braid, and painting and attaching the legs. Oh, and pillows. More tie silk fabric choices!


14 thoughts on “Retro Sofa Upholstery

  1. Alayne says:

    Silk ties are a fabulous source of lovely patterns in an appropriate scale…looks very pretty so far!

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Aren’t they, Alayne? And most are a perfect weight for miniature upholstery. The scant yardage can be a bit of a pattern layout limitation, but worth the compromise.

  2. Kat says:

    The fabric colour really ties in nicely to the wall and flooring. Makes me want to curl up with a martini and watching I Dream Of Jeannie

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Well now I have to! I just saw the cover of the latest HBS/ catalog, and they have the retro couch and chairs done up with coordinating pillows. I’ll have to plan carefully; there was *just* enough fabric in the tie to make the couch. Not sure if I’ll be able to make two chairs from a single tie.

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