First Upholstery Project Using HOT GLUE GUN!

5 Materials
2 Weeks

Hello all, I hope your new year is starting well! This project is one that I have mulled over for quite some time, and finally decided to tackle it since I have moved this piece into the addition in my living room. It is a small loveseat that I purchased at a Goodwill for $25 bucks about 2 years ago...its been in my hiding in my boudoir, but now its ready to be revealed!!!

From this ...
To this !

And you'll never believe I didn't sew a single stitch! Its all done with a low temp upholstery grade hot glue commonly used for holding upholstery gimp and my's what I did..

As a side note, I did attempt to paint this sofa when I first got it, but I abandoned that fairly quickly because I didn't like that the pattern on the jacquard fabric could still be seen... I also didn't want to remove the fabric which was in perfect shape... So I decided to glue new fabric right on top of the old !

The only thing I did remove was the gimp that separated the upholstery and the wood frame... it pulled away easily and left a gap about 1/2 inch for me to work with..

Since I was pretty much winging it, I decided to start at the bottom and "trace" out the curves at the bottom of the sofa.. (I knew this section would be covered with the gimp, so wasn't concerned with the yellow). Then I simply cut the fabric along this yellow edge..

and hot glued this edge along the bottom.. slowly gluing and placing, gluing and placing ( I used a stick to avoid burning my fingers). If you work slowly and carefully you can get a very nice neat edge !

This is my special stick tool also know as a chopstick...

Once this entire front section was glued.. I then.. pulled the free section up tight and around the front curve against this edge pictured.. and hot glue it across and down... Tip: when using hot glue with a thick upholstery fabric mash the glue bead down smoothly and it won't bleed through)

I followed this method for each section separately.. the left and ride side.. the back rest and lastly the entire back section...

The sides will have little pleats as you round the rolled arms.. They will actually form pretty naturally and if you shape them with your fingers before you glue them, they will be nice and even. Again, I started at the bottom of the outside of the arm, brought it around and both tucked and glued it in.

After each section was done, I then went back and glued on the gimp on top to hide the edges... and put these decorative nail heads about an inch apart...I did also paint the frame in a cream colored chalk paint and lightly distressed it ( not pictured, I did this BEFORE upholstering  ) I also decided to wrap the seat cushions the same way you would wrap a square box and glued each section... I ended up with this frayed section   in the front, but decided to highlight this little boo-boo by putting the gimp right above it and I think it came out cute!

I knew the back of the sofa would be visible and wanted something a little bit more flashier... so I found this canvas table cloth with a wonderful print! It was the exact width I needed and followed the same method to put this on top of the fabric...

Since I had no idea how to cover these little rounded corners.. I simply purchased two wood rosettes about 2/5 in diameter... painted and hot glued (and nailed) them to the frame to cover the transitioned area..

I did make some mistakes that I also learned from and this project was very rewarding... It did take me about 2 weeks ( I tried to take my time as much as possible). I also want to mention that in the process I did attempt to remove sections to test the adhesion of the glue... it was nearly impossible to remove! This sofa is largely done with the hot glue ( I only used staples on the back bottom edge) and I am very confident in the bond. It doesn't move, or wrinkle and I am in LOVE  . Please feel free to hit me up with any questions and I'll do my best to answer them ! Now on to my next project ...

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3 of 82 questions
  • Cynthia Bly
    on Oct 31, 2019

    How did glueing the fabric to the coach stand up to being sat on? Did it stay together?

    • Jessie
      on Oct 31, 2019

      Yes.. its still looking fabulous.. I posted a pic a few comments up earlier this week.. take a peek!

  • Matu
    on Nov 21, 2019

    Wow!!! Very clever, well done

  • Lyn
    14 hours ago

    How would this work with leather? Between kids & dogs there are slices in the cushions. The problem is, the cushions are attached to the rest of the couch. I already have glue guns, and I think I have a staple gun. Any suggestions?

    • Jessie
      25 minutes ago

      There’s no reason why it wouldn’t work on leather.. try a small section and see.. you’ve got nothing to lose!

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  • Teresa Mahieu
    on Oct 29, 2019

    Beautiful. Looks like a completely different sofa.

  • Ticia
    on Oct 30, 2019

    I saw the ? from 'V' re the red ink and how to remove it. While I've heard of using hairspray, ink can also be removed with rubbing alcohol. If it's possible to get a clean white cloth underneath the spot/stain, then dab the top with alcohol on a cloth or cotton ball, some will come up on the stop as well as some underneath. You will need to keep moving the upper and lower cloth so as not to add more spots. Good luck with that.

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