|BEFORE - Halloween, anyone?|
this fabric because 1.) I wanted black, 2.) it was affordable and I had a discount coupon for an additional $10 off, 3.) it can easily be wiped down because it's vinyl, but it doesn't make the furniture look like it should be in a diner, and 4.) I liked the idea of adding a texture which would compliment rather than compete with the carving details.
I ordered 3 1/2 yards at $11.58, and because of my coupon and Fabric.com's free shipping on orders over $35 - I paid a total of $30.53. I only used 3 yards, but it was nice to have that extra 1/2 a yard on hand in case I made a mistake.
I chose not to remove the original fabric or redo the foam. If your project is kind of scuzzy or if you want to do it the proper way, you can go that route. However, my original seats were in nice shape and were still very comfortable, so I skipped that step.
I also want to note that the original seats had welting, but I just stapled the batting tightly over it and there's aren't any weird ridges or lumps. In fact, it might even help the seats retain their structure a little. Stapling batting does not need a tutorial. Do a staple in the middle of all four sides, making sure to pull it tight and then go around the edges until you have it secure and smooth.
If you're using a thinner fabric than I did, you want to follow the batting step with muslin to make sure everything stays nice and smooth. Since my fabric was a thick vinyl, I skipped that step as well.
I've always heard to "wrap it like a present" but I must wrap my presents differently, because I used the "fold one side over the other" technique. You want to concentrate on getting the corners, and then go back and finish stapling the rest of your fabric - you might even have to redo a couple of staples to get everything nice and taut.