Tips and Tutorials to Upholster a Wingback Chair

Tips and Tutorials to Upholster a Wingback Chair

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A few tips and my favorite tutorials to help you give that wingback chair a makeover!

Last week, I shared the full reveal on our Modern Farmhouse Living Room Makeover with you guys. A big part of our living room makeover was all of the DIY furniture and upholstery projects. I’ve already shared the tutorials for the matching Blue Velvet DIY Upholstered Ottoman and Teal DIY Farmhouse Console Table. Today, I’ve got my tips and tutorials to upholster a wingback chair for you.

This isn’t a step by step guide from me. I don’t really feel like I’ve done enough chairs to give a full tutorial. BUT, I used a few great tutorials to help me do this and I really wanted to share those with you. Plus, a few tips and process shots from my wingchair makeover. I will warn you, this makeover took this newbie about 24 hours of work. So, I hope that helps you decide whether or not to go for it. 🙂

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A few tips, DIY upholstery pictures, and my favorite tutorials to upholster a wingback chair. I'm so glad I gave this wingchair a makeover and it doesn't require any fancy sewing skills, guys. Plus, I am loving that Blue Velvet fabric!! #AbbottsAtHome #Upholstery #DIYProjects #Reupholster #Wingback #Velvet
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Tips and Tutorials to Upholster a Wingback Chair- Materials Needed

Tips and Tutorials to Upholster a Wingback Chair – Process Shots

A few tips, DIY upholstery pictures, and my favorite tutorials to upholster a wingback chair. I'm so glad I gave this wingchair a makeover and it doesn't require any fancy sewing skills, guys. Plus, I am loving that Blue Velvet fabric!! #AbbottsAtHome #Upholstery #DIYProjects #Reupholster #Wingback #Velvet
Getting ready to start. Guys, if you have only used older sewing machines and thought sewing was hard. Try one of these new computerized models. This Brother sewing machine is so easy to use. It lowers the needle at the end of each stitch, so you don’t need to remember. And the instruction book includes very detailed pictures for setting up the thread and bobbin. Love it! Plus, they’re only about $150. I’ll be keeping this guy for decades, so well worth it.
A few tips, DIY upholstery pictures, and my favorite tutorials to upholster a wingback chair. I'm so glad I gave this wingchair a makeover and it doesn't require any fancy sewing skills, guys. Plus, I am loving that Blue Velvet fabric!! #AbbottsAtHome #Upholstery #DIYProjects #Reupholster #Wingback #Velvet
I used Citristrip and ClingWrap to strip the finish on the feet a bit. I wanted to lighten them up without removing them or sanding. This was an easy way to do it.

BEFORE YOU START, inspect your chair closely. You’ll be able to figure out which order pieces of fabric were added to the chair. You’ll remove the pieces in the exact OPPOSITE way that you add them back on. It’s likely that your pieces will be removed in this order (BUT PLEASE VERIFY AS YOU GO): The seat, full back piece (no sewing req), the front of the seat back (no sewing req), the arms and sides will be sewn together then stapled into place, and the front piece under the seat (sewn and stapled). You’ll see more examples of this in the other tutorials to upholster a wingback chair, at the bottom of this post.

A few tips, DIY upholstery pictures, and my favorite tutorials to upholster a wingback chair. I'm so glad I gave this wingchair a makeover and it doesn't require any fancy sewing skills, guys. Plus, I am loving that Blue Velvet fabric!! #AbbottsAtHome #Upholstery #DIYProjects #Reupholster #Wingback #Velvet
The back piece will probably be the first piece you need to remove. Mine was attached at the sides with metal strips, at the top with a plastic tack strip, and under the bottom with staples. No sewing was done on the back, just stapling or hammering in the metal strips with a rubber mallet.
A few tips, DIY upholstery pictures, and my favorite tutorials to upholster a wingback chair. I'm so glad I gave this wingchair a makeover and it doesn't require any fancy sewing skills, guys. Plus, I am loving that Blue Velvet fabric!! #AbbottsAtHome #Upholstery #DIYProjects #Reupholster #Wingback #Velvet
Try to use the pieces you remove as a cutting guide, whenever you can.
A few tips, DIY upholstery pictures, and my favorite tutorials to upholster a wingback chair. I'm so glad I gave this wingchair a makeover and it doesn't require any fancy sewing skills, guys. Plus, I am loving that Blue Velvet fabric!! #AbbottsAtHome #Upholstery #DIYProjects #Reupholster #Wingback #Velvet
Pinning is the biggest part of reupholstering a chair or couch. I pinned, tested, and repinned each new piece a few times before sewing. You can see here that I pinned the fabric to the foam to hold it in the correct spot while I pinned on the cording.
A few tips, DIY upholstery pictures, and my favorite tutorials to upholster a wingback chair. I'm so glad I gave this wingchair a makeover and it doesn't require any fancy sewing skills, guys. Plus, I am loving that Blue Velvet fabric!! #AbbottsAtHome #Upholstery #DIYProjects #Reupholster #Wingback #Velvet
I reused the metal strips on the sides of the back piece. But, replaced the plastic tack strip at the top. And, I used wire nails here, to make sure they went deep into the frame. Be sure to get the nails or staples very flat here, or they will start to wear down the fabric. And, you’ll see a lump.
A few tips, DIY upholstery pictures, and my favorite tutorials to upholster a wingback chair. I'm so glad I gave this wingchair a makeover and it doesn't require any fancy sewing skills, guys. Plus, I am loving that Blue Velvet fabric!! #AbbottsAtHome #Upholstery #DIYProjects #Reupholster #Wingback #Velvet
How pretty is that fabric! I have to say Velvet is an amazing fabric to sit on. I kinda feel like a stuffed animal is hugging me now. 🙂
A few tips, DIY upholstery pictures, and my favorite tutorials to upholster a wingback chair. I'm so glad I gave this wingchair a makeover and it doesn't require any fancy sewing skills, guys. Plus, I am loving that Blue Velvet fabric!! #AbbottsAtHome #Upholstery #DIYProjects #Reupholster #Wingback #Velvet
Here’s a look at that beautiful chair behind one of the DIY End Tables I designed and built for the Living Room Makeover.

Two last tips from me. First, the seat is the hardest part for non-sewers, like me, just take your time and be sure to pin carefully. You can always remove stitches in sections that need a bit of adjustment. Second, after the seat and each side is completely sewn and you’ve double-checked that it is completely perfect, trim away the excess fabric at the seams, to avoid getting weird lumps in the chair. 🙂

You can do this! Now here are my favorite tutorials that helped me get the job done.

Tips and Tutorials to Upholster a Wingback Chair – Tutorials I Loved

A few tips, DIY upholstery pictures, and my favorite tutorials to upholster a wingback chair. I'm so glad I gave this wingchair a makeover and it doesn't require any fancy sewing skills, guys. Plus, I am loving that Blue Velvet fabric!! #AbbottsAtHome #Upholstery #DIYProjects #Reupholster #Wingback #Velvet
Here’s another peek at that chair in our Living Room. Head over to the big Modern Farmhouse Lining Room reveal to see the rest of the room. Or, check out the tutorial for that DIY Upholstered Ottoman or Footstool. 🙂

Looking for more DIY Furniture Ideas? Check out this DIY Over Washer and Dryer Laundry Table.

Free Plans for this DIY Laundry Table Over Washer and Dryer. This simple build hides those ugly machines, adds extra style and organization. And works as a Laundry Folding table too! #LaundryTable #LaundryFoldingTable #DIYFurniture #LaundryRoomIdeas #AbbottsAtHome

Or my DIY Farmhouse Console or Entry Table.

A colorful Modern Farmhouse Living Room Makeover, I love! It's fun, beautiful, and stylish. Full of living room decor and design ideas JoAnna Gaines would approve. :) #AbbottsAtHome #ModernFarmhouse #TraditionalHome #LivingRoom #Farmhouse


Feeling inspired? Now you have my tips and tutorials to upholster a wingback chair. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Don’t forget to sign up for the Abbotts At Home email newsletter to get DIY, Remodeling, and Crafty ideas in your inbox.

6 thoughts on “Tips and Tutorials to Upholster a Wingback Chair

  1. Stephanie! I adore your wing back chair! Wow! I have always wanted to learn how to upholster so that it did not look like a five year old attempted it and yours looks amazing. I am truly inspired. Please post to our link party Celebrate Your Story …we go live at 8 pm on Mondays. You have great ideas.
    Kari @ Me and My Captain
    https://www.meandmycaptain.com

  2. Wow it looks fantastic! Love the chair’s new look, love the color, love the fabric. Thanks for sharing.

  3. We have a wing back chair that’s in desperate need of reupholstering but I’ve been putting it off because it just looked so complicated. Pinning to come back to when I finally get around to doing it

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