bless your soul for responding to me! an upholsterer? wow. i admire that. it seems so difficult.
okay, here's the deal. i let the hole go for too long thinking it would be too hard and we should get it recovered. fast forward. we now cannot afford that and don't want to slipcover either. ds has made the hold huge. it started out as a little bitty hole (cigarette burn from a party???) ds stuck his finger in it and pulled. the hole grew three different directions. it is on the top of the arm in the shape of a large T. The long part across the arm is about 18" and the tear that is perpendicular is about 6". I went to the store and bought some fabric (doesn't match the very busy floral pattern) to cover the arm. Well, that was going to be a huge job and look awful. So, I've been thinking I would just stitch on a rectangular shape.
The couch is way to big and heavy; it's a sleeper sofa. But I hadn't thought of pulling out a piece from the back. I've always hated the pattern and look forward to recovering it when the boys are bigger. So, I don't mind cutting some from the back. Hmmm...
My SIL is bringing over a book with stitches in it and a needle that you use for upholstery. I will look up blind stitch. I don't know if I can find a piece big enough for the entire thing. (Yes, I really wish I'd done this a year ago!!)
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