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 ...

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

Do You Want to Update Your Antique Furniture?
3 Gorgeous Ideas to Use Photo Frames - and Not for Pictures!
21 Stunning Wreaths for The 4th of July
30 Fun Ways To Keep Your Home Organized
Craft Organization Ideas Mom Will Love
25 Christmas Wreath Ideas You Don't Want To Miss This Year
13 DIY Projects That Scream Canada

Have a question about this project?

3 of 85 questions
  • 516maria
    on Oct 22, 2020

    I have a similar vintage type velvet love seat. It has the pushed in buttons on back section. Do you think I could just put batting over it so as not to have to try to do the buttons. Even though it looks great I think it would be too complicated to try to do.

    • Jessie
      on Oct 25, 2020

      Yes I think you can Just put the batting directly over the buttons to make a “flush” surface!! Good luck and let us know how it turns out!!

  • Nadene Dee Wennerstrom
    Nadene Dee Wennerstrom
    on Oct 22, 2020

    I’m wondering where the product you called ‘gimp’ can be purchased.

    • Jessie
      on Oct 25, 2020

      I got mine in amazon!! Many styles and colors available!

  • Igor
    on Oct 22, 2020

    How much use does the sofa get? Daily? Multiple ages?

    • Jessie
      on Oct 22, 2020

      I have a 4 year old grandson, 3 daughters two dogs and a cat.. still my fav sofa in the house still looks so wonderful!! Honestly !!

Join the conversation

3 of 383 comments
  • Shari
    on Nov 7, 2020

    Nice job! I, also, love the original fabric -- in fact, my Aunt Jewel gave me some LINED, mind you, old curtains in the same fabric and the self-same color! I used them to make curtains for my canopy bed, but I'm claustrophobic so they didn't last long there. But keep going - you're doing a very good job!


  • Marcy from Italy
    Marcy from Italy
    on Nov 18, 2020

    I've a similar old two seat sofa to fit my little sun room. Your job has been very useful for me. I'm going to use basic, natural linen and perhaps use stencil to write some words like "ocean", "plage", by a nice font... hope I'll be able to do my project, so, once more, Many thanks!

    (apologies for my terrible written English !!)

Your comment...