At this point, I have the sofa frame glued together, ready for the fabric. I would suggest a fabric that doesn't contain elastic/lycra and have at least 1 metre if you're making 6th scale or larger.
To start, I glue pieces of fabric to all of the side facing parts and overlap a little over the edges.
I then run double-sided sticky tape around each arm. (Fabric glue can be used too)
Then I make banding for the arms. The arms on my sofa are 18mm wide so I make the banding the same width.
Starting a little way in at the bottom, I stick the banding on both of the sofa arms
Next is a piece of fabric the width of seat, long enough to wrap around the sofa
Before fixing the fabric in place, you can pad the back of the sofa so it looks more authentic.
but leave a gap at the sides. You need this to stick the fabric to.
Starting at the bottom, I use very strong double-sided sticky tape.
Start working your way up from bottom to top, making sure the fabric pieces meet at the edges
Keep adding strips of double-sided tape, (or glue), to keep the fabric in place
Manipulate the fabric over the back, making sure it is stuck to the tape (or glue) at the sides, especially if you have padded the back of the sofa. Keep sticking the fabric until you reach the starting point, underneath.
For the seat, I use 1" thick foam. Measure a piece to fit, but leave about 2mm gap all around. This is to leave room for the fabric you are covering the foam with.
To cover the foam cushion, I glue a piece of fabric to the top and bottom. I then make another piece of banding, 1" wide and stick the banding around the edge of the cushion. Start sticking it at the back so that the join in the banding doesn't show.
Last thing to do is add feet. Remember when I pre-drilled holes for the bamboo toothpicks? I use the pointy end of the toothpick to find the hole in the base of the sofa. Dab a little glue on it and push it in to the sofa frame. Then get the feet you have chosen, drill a hole in them the size of the toothpick and then glue them into place. Once the glue is dried, you can cut off the excess toothpick and you're done.
I have found that this method ensures the feet and banding stay where they should be.
The finished sofa
Just add some cool cushions and mini people =0)
I don't mind this tutorial being posted anywhere else - feel free if you think it is helpful to anyone.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend