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Old 05-19-2011, 05:31 PM
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Making a pattern

My first upholstery project. I need help with making this pattern of the original. I did soak the pieces and then ironed them out. The inside corners are what I am unsure about. If I lay the piece flat the stretched corner stands up and then the pattern doesn't have enough material to match the center insert. If I swing the wing of the pattern out, then it bunches on the outside edge. How do I make an accurate pattern for this seat. On the original seat the center panel was held down with rubber bands, wire and listing, so the corners are obviously stretched.
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I hope this makes sense to you. The outside piece needs to be compatible with the center insert. Overlap the rear and sides onto the outside edge of the insert by 1" all the way around, and sew a 1/2" seam all the way around. In this picture, if the cardboard is the insert, from the black line out is the piece that is sewn to it. Just make sure that the outside piece is plenty long to go all the way to the front of the insert. You can always cut it off if it's too long, you can't make it longer if it's short. Also.......you will go crazy trying to match up a lot of witness marks. Start in the rear center of the insert and sew to the end, then turn the piece over and sew to the other end. As long as both pieces finish in the same spot across from each other on both sides of the insert you will be fine.
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The part that I can't understand is how to cut the material to start with. Do I stretch it to make the pattern?
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No, you don't want to stretch it, just follow the shape of the insert.
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