Wednesday, December 9, 2009


This wing chair is in my client's garden room. The fabric is a cotton toile, but when I washed it before cutting and making the slipcover, it came out of the dryer and felt just like a very soft flannel. It seemed like a different fabric.

Most fabric can be washed, despite the 'Dry Clean Only' warning on almost every home decorating fabric. The manufacturers do this to cover themselves. Some you obviously wouldn't wash, like silk. But the only time you really can't wash a fabric is when it is an upholstery fabric backed with rubber. That won't wash, at least not without ruining the fabric. Other than that, I say, wash it!
It is kind of hard to see on the chair, but I also made large, ruffled pillows for a bench that is in the room, as well. I just forgot to take a picture of it. The wing chair was on the large size, so the pillow actually works with it. A lot of times, wing chairs are more compact and an additional throw pillow would make sitting in the chair hard. That was not the case with this one.
I covered the buttons with the solid part of the fabric, just so they would show a bit more. Didn't really help as it is such a busy, dark fabric.


Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

I did not know that you could was most upholstery are a wealth of information!

You did a beautiful job Tamerie, the chair looks so warm and inviting!!

Love and hugs,

Janet said...

Thank you....I learned something today about fabric.

The chair looks so comfy. I bet it would be a great place to curl up with a book.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

you can wash upholstery fabric?! - who, but you, knew?!

I love learning new tidbits that make life easier! LOL

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Tamerie, this has got to be my most favorite chair you have shown! I LOVE the deeper rich colors and it sounds sooo cozy! Bisous... Julie Marie

Beach Vintage said...

I agree, I have washed so many things that had warnings and they have turned out fine.

Bryanna Lenan said...

I love to experiment with DRY CLEAN ONLY fabric and washing... I have found you can get some amazing results... however I also have a couple boo-boo's!! LOL!! As always your work is just gorgeous and you are one smart lady!!


Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Tamerie
I'm a bit of a washer also. I've had such disastrous results with dry cleaning that i trust the faithful handwash more!!

The chair looks wonderful and cozy.. a real winter fabric!! And soft as flannel sounds delightful!!! Have fun and keep enjoying those BIG FAT TRAVEL FANTASIES hehehe xx Julie