Take the fabric you cut for the side arms and place it with an unfinished edge, right side facing the arm. In other words, we're doing the same thing as with the front piping piece and will flip the fabric down over the frame covering the frame and enclosing all the raw edges of the fabric. When you have the edges lined up, staple along the raw edge starting in the center and working from side to side. Leave about 2 inches undone in the front. You don't need to use a lot of staples as we will be adding the tack strips next.
Next we'll add the cardboard tack strips underneath the arm, along the same row of staples we just put in. So, if you need to cut new tack strips, find some heavy cardboard and cut as many as you need in order to cover the length of the arm. I cut 4 strips that were 1/2" wide, so 2 strips will butt up against each other creating one long strip.
Once they're cut out, lay them on top of your row of staples and staple all the way across the arm again. Now you can use a bunch of staples. These tack strips will help give you a clean, straight edge on the outside of the arm.
After you're done, flip the fabric down and pulling it taut, staple it to the bottom of the frame. Leaving the back and front loose.
Next, staple the fabric around the back side of the couch all the way down.
Now, take the long metal tack strips and lay them near the front edge of the arm. Basically, we are going to push the tacks through the fabric from the wrong side and fold the edge and strip over, toward the front and hammer in the tacks, finishing the edge.
The tricky part is positioning the tack strip in the right place so that the fabric is pulled taut, but not too tight. An easy way to double check this is to push a few of the tacks through the fabric partway, then turn the strip over and see how it lines up with the frame edge. You can adjust as needed without damaging the fabric.
Once the placement is right, you can trim off most of the excess fabric and hammer the tacks into place. I use an extra piece of fabric to place over the strip while hammering so the fabric doesn't get damaged. The tacks should nail right into the frame giving a straight clean edge.
Last the front and back piece of the couch. On this couch, that is all one piece, so we will begin by draping the fabric over the front of the couch. You'll want to make sure that the nap runs down in the front, towards the bottom of the couch and that the sides both have enough fabric to wrap around to the back, and that your nap is even.
Once that's done, clip into your corners on the upper corner and pull the fabric through the back and around the upper corner. My couch needed some replacement batting on the corner, so I added that too.
Fold the corner around the side and staple into place, leaving the top loose.
Then, staple the sides into place, pulling as tight as you can across the back of the couch. Since this is such a long distance, the fabric should not get distorted, but always double check.
Once both sides are done, beginning in the middle, staple the fabric around the underside of the frame on the bottom front. Staple all the way across, going back and forth, pulling the fabric taut.
Then, flip the rest of the fabric over the back of the couch and staple along the bottom of the frame, again beginning in the middle and going from side to side. Leave the sides loose.
The sides of the back are finished the same way as the arms using the metal tack strips. So, start by trimming off the excess fabric. (Those are my magic, hands free scissors!)
Then attach the tack strips on either side of the couch the same way as we did on the arms. If you need to, add some more staples to the bottom edge and trim away the excess fabric on the bottom.
Your back is now finished!
Pat yourself on the back, there's just one more easy thing to do-
We need to replace the typar that we removed way back in the beginning. This is the finishing touch and will cover all the unfinished edges and staples on the underside of the couch.
Along the front mitered corner.
And underneath the arm.
Then, play a drumroll in your head and flip the couch over.
That is a BRAND NEW couch!!
Be very, very proud, that was a lot of work but we did it!!
Last up, the cushions. Coming soon---