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  1. #1
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    Attn: sewing gods and goddesses

    I have one of those giant foam beanbag things and I need a new cover for it. There's not a lot on Etsy, and the OEM sellers want way too much for their replacement covers (Lovesac wants more for their nice covers than I paid for my whole bag).

    Anyone interested in making one? Naturally I will pay.
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    That would take at least 3 hides from full grown Naugas.

    You might ask in Packy's sewing room too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Millwright View Post
    That would take at least 3 hides from full grown Naugas.
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    Millwright, that reminds me of one of the upholstery shops I was working at during the sixties. When the Naugahide salesman stopped by to add and replace pages in the sample book, he brought in a Nauga that was really big, close to adult size. Don't know if they were just for display or perhaps my boss bought it, but it sure was an attention getter!

    We got a couple of the small ones for our kids. Those were maybe 18" high at the most. At that time I would have loved to have gotten a contract from the company to make those toy-size ones. What a great moonlighting job that I could've done at home!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Millwright View Post
    You might ask in Packy's sewing room too.
    Yep just wander over to A Stitch in Time and ask away.
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    I might could do it in hair-on cow hide, but it would probably look like a MuMu for Bertha Butt.


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    You might check at a boat/car cover place. Those guys can make a cover for almost anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walrus Whisperer View Post
    You might check at a boat/car cover place. Those guys can make a cover for almost anything.
    Yes! And that is the type/level of equipment needed for this project. Unfortunately, my Mom gave away her super heavy duty Viking machine to one of my daughters inlaws... I have to take heavy sewing down to my Amish leatherworker's shop and use his machines. All five of my machines are made for fancier (lighter weight) sewing.

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    A regular furniture upholstery sewing machine will handle the new cover. This is generally what is also used in boat and auto shops, too. A regular drapery machime is usually not heavy duty enough for furniture and auto fabrics.

    Take the old cover to a shop. They will need it to make a pattern for the new one. And do them a favor. Find something to put the stuffings in and keep them at home. That will save them the trouble of finding something to put them in, and surely the new cover can have a nice nylon zipper and you can refill it yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martinhouse View Post
    A regular furniture upholstery sewing machine will handle the new cover. This is generally what is also used in boat and auto shops, too. A regular drapery machime is usually not heavy duty enough for furniture and auto fabrics.

    Take the old cover to a shop. They will need it to make a pattern for the new one. And do them a favor. Find something to put the stuffings in and keep them at home. That will save them the trouble of finding something to put them in, and surely the new cover can have a nice nylon zipper and you can refill it yourself.
    My beanbag is the kind that has a heavy inner liner that acts as the actual container, and an outer cover that is a bit thinner and can be removed or replaced. The bag itself is round, 72 inches in diameter and 40 inches in height. I'll look into upholstery shops.
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    Great! Hope you can find something. Try to find an upholsterer on your own. If you ask at a furniture store, they wil likely want to handle it for you and take a cut of the price from the upholsterer. If you ask at an auto trim shop or a boat cover shop, they might be more willing to just pass on a referral.

    And know that retail price of upholstery fabrics is twice the wholesale price, so you might ask for a small discount there. When I had my shop, I didn't want to waste my time making sales calls at customers' house so I had them buy their own fabrics, even if they had to mail me pictures of their furniture with a ruler set on the seat for reference so I could advise them on yardage. I didn't make big bucks doing it this way, but I was able to spend my time working on the furniture and I saved lots of wear and tear on my vehicle. I did NOT do pickup and delivery and if they wouldn't come get their stuff as soon as it was finished, I'd tell them I needed space to work on the next job and would have to put their piece outdoors on blocks under a tarp. That got them out right quick-like.

    Anyway, I hope you can find an actual upholstery shop in this age of throw-away-and-buy-another. Don't be afraid to use someone working out of his/her garage. They can be the best and the upholstery business often doesn't earn enough to support renting a commercial building.

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    we got a german lady in our town does upholstery sewing

    she does everything from boat tops to skiddoo seats and motorcycle seats

    check skiddoo shops for referral

    oops.. not sure where you are located

    florida dont have so many skiddoo shops

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