Covering the Legs

  1. The first step is to sew a gathered "sock" for each of the legs. A fabric-cutting diagram is shown in Figure 3. All seams are sewn 1 inch wide. Cut four leg panels (H) from the upholstery fabric, each measuring 20 by 42 inches.
  2. Cut two bottom panels (I) from the upholstery fabric, each measuring 4-1/4 by 15 inches.
  3. Placing right sides together, sew a 1-inch-wide seam along both 20-inch-long edges of two leg panels (H) to form a tube (Figure 4).
  4. Sew a long gathering stitch along both long edges of the tube (Figure 4). Gather one side of the tube evenly, and pin it to one bottom panel (I), adjusting the gathers to fit, and placing right sides together. Position a tube seam at the center of each long edge of the bottom panel (I), and adjust the gathers to conceal the seams. Sew a seam completely around the bottom panel (I), as shown in Figure 5.
  5. Turn the completed "sock" right side out. Pull the gathers on the open edge, and fit the sock over one assembled bench leg as shown in Figure 6.
  6. Make certain that the bottom panel (I) is positioned evenly over the bottom of the leg. Pull the gathered top of the sock up and attach the fabric to the bottom bench piece (D). You can secure the fabric to the wood with a staple gun, or you can use upholstery tacks and a tack hammer. Begin on the outside of the leg at the middle, and work toward the edges. Don't be stingy with the staples; make certain that the gathers are held securely in place.
  7. Turn the bench upside down, and attach the inner section of the gathered sock to the bottom bench (D), carefully working it over the 2x4 supports. Clip and fold the fabric as necessary to make the gathers neat and evenly spaced around the leg. The most critical part of this procedure is to make certain that the fabric completely covers the junction of the horizontal leg pieces (B) and the bottom supports (E).
  8. Repeat steps 3 through 7 to cover the remaining leg.

Figure 4

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Figure 4

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