How To: Mock Tufting

How To: Mock Tufting

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Janel Laban
Sep 9, 2008
Here's another lesson from Shelly, Mod Home Ec Teacher and queen of DIY - this time it's a tutorial on doing mock tufting of sofa cushions. Like most projects, it started with a problem to be solved: Every time anyone would get up from the loveseat, the back cushions were smashed down, seams all askew. My compulsive self had to walk over, re-fluff, straighten and then I could move on.... My first thought was to make some covered buttons and pull those through the cushions to give a modern, symmetric button tufting look. That is definitely an option. After perusing the Mitchell Gold catalogue, I opted for mock tufting made by using upholstery twine to make mock tufts with symmetrical stitches. It's so easy!!! And as always, Shelly does make it seem totally do-able. The list of necessary tools and materials is short, the skill level is within reach and the end results look great. In literally 8 steps, you can go from slouchy cushions to a very current look. 1. Gather materials. 2. Fluff & distribute cushions. 3. Measure & mark tuft placement. 4. Thread long needle with upholstery twine. 5. Insert and pull twine through to back of cushion. 6. Take a small diagonal stitch. (must be diagonal to distribute the pull on fabric weave) 7. Pull twine snug to desired tuft depth and tie a knot. 8. Snip off excess twine. Check out the full step-by-step tutorial here. Thanks, Shelly!
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