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Creative Appliqué for Upholstery

green velvet boudoir chair with red silk leaves appliquéd

Save money on fabric and learn creative sewing techniques for making your own upholstery fabric!

gold oak leaves on amethyst silk

Designs from nature can provide graceful inspiration

We’ll begin with the basics in this introductory class, practicing on a simple slip seat design for a dining chair or ottoman.

graceful leaves on orange silk

A simple pattern can create an elegant effect

Two Sessions:  (2 hours each)

Session 1 – Learn what materials and supplies are easiest to start with:

  • how to create smooth lines with appliqué
  • fabrics that work best for appliqué upholstery, including salvaged fabrics
  • where to find design inspiration – color, pattern, texture & what you love!
  • make an easy template to use in the second session

Session 2 – Get down to sewing:

  • get your feet wet practicing 3 simple appliqué techniques (layering one fabric over another)
  • learn how to get different effects with stitching and fabric manipulation
  • bring your own fabric to experiment with or use the fabric supplied in class
orange pumpkin & green leaves on violet

Embellish with creative stitching

Creative appliqué for Upholstery: Future sessions to be announced

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 Questions? call Carla at 406.223.3834

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About the Author

CarlaHey there! I'm Carla Pyle. I love the stories that our furniture tells. For me a picture of my Granddaddy Milton's green upholstered arm chair brings to mind the vivid rhymes & colors of 'The Cat in the Hat' and his soft low voice in the telling. I love too that there is always an element of nature in furniture - the warm-toned curving grain of a walnut leg or the reflection of life in a mid-century chrome piece. The best part of teaching & sharing natural upholstery is that it ties all of these things together. Stories - of individual experience and of the planet - help us build happy & healthy homes.View all posts by Carla →

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