Okay, so now you have your sofa frame, this will take you through how I cover mine in fabric. Choose whatever fabric you like...try to make it a light weave otherwise you may have problems folding it.
For the sake of those who don't want to sew or don't have access to a sewing machine, I'm using wonderweb which is the stuff used to make hems in clothing. All you need is a hot iron to set it. If you want to sew the fabric, fill your boots. These tutorials are just how I like to make stuff and aren't meant as the definitive answer to miniature making =0)
To attach the fabric to the frame I'm using high tack double sided tape. This tape is the sort used to hold rugs to floors and I've never had a problem with the fabric coming loose. Use glue if you prefer, but make sure it doesn't seep through the fabric. Put the double-sided tape on either side of the arms and on the small edge of the back of the sofa. Stick your fabric to it and trim the overlapping edges with a sharp craft knife
If you're using the same dimensions I've used for the frame, you now need to cut two 24mm strips and one 160mm strip out of your fabric. They need to be at least 220mm long
Fold the two 24mm strips in half and rub across with your finger, then fold again so the edges meet.
The 'wonderweb' I have is 20mm wide so it's a perfect size for this tutorial. Cut it in half, place it in the middle of the strips and iron with a hot iron so that each edge is folded into the middle. This is going to hide the rough edges on the finished sofa
I've used a bulldog clip to hold one end on the ironing board. This gives you a free hand to hold the fabric whilst you iron
With the larger piece of material, you need to turn over 10mm at either edge. Use half (10mm) of the 'wonderweb' to make the seam
Now you should have three pieces of fabric with nice, neat edges
Stick some double sided tape around each of the arms on your frame. Make sure the tape doesn't hang over the sides...you're trying to achieve a clean look to the sofa. Start with the thinner strips underneath the sofa frame. Attach the fabric around the arm and trim the excess
Now for the larger piece of fabric. This is going to wrap from the bottom of the sofa, under the cushion, over the back and to the bottom again. Start at the front. Put double-sided tape across the length of the sofa but not over the fabric covering the arms (if that makes sense)
Now attach one end of the fabric till you have this (pictured below)
Put more double-sided tape along the edges so that it runs along the arms, up and over the back of the sofa and back to your original starting position. If you want the sofa back to look padded, you can put a rectangle of filler under the fabric to give it that effect. The filler I use is the stuff that goes into the middle of sleeping bags. You can use pretty much anything ~ folded tissue paper ~ cotton wool pads.
Once you've stuck the fabric all of the way around, trim any excess off.
I've covered the cushion with exactly the same method as the sofa frame. Use the tape to attach the fabric to the top and bottom, making sure you leave a little bit hanging over the edges
Depending on the thickness of the cushion, make a band that will cover the edges all the way around. Again, use 'wonderweb' or similar to get that clean edge. Use the double-sided tape to stick the band of fabric to the cushion, starting at the back (this is so you don't see the join in the fabric)
Almost done now =0) *Phew* Choose whatever 'feet' takes your fancy. You can use jewelry bead, wooden legs...anything. I've used round chrome beads to make the sofa look contemporary. Just glue them to the base of the sofa and you are finished.
This is my finished sofa.
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and if you follow it to make your own design, send me a link to the picture. I would love to see what ideas you come up with
Til next time