hi Rene Arocha starting your range of site success my process of today is cushioning here and get it reupholstered I'm going to be using some outdoor fabric to see the body as a seat and then I'm taking all of the cushions out of the dark brown and then finally using the stripe is a spatula so go ahead and make some notes on that I'll be fluffing up a little bit of the cushioning because it's looking a little tired and really that's all that needs to be done before all the new fabric can be applied now that I have all the pieces down in my work room I can start attempting to figure out how much fabric I need to accomplish this entire project one of the great things about this fabric in particular is I've taken really good care of it I brought it in every time a train so there's no wear and tear it all on the fabric itself it's just a little bit dirty it's out near a fire pit so it's got a little bit of charcoal dust on it so that's really the only reason why I'm doing it and also I'm just looking a little bit tired because some of the foam has kind of got a little warm spot in it so I'm going to address those issues if you can kind of see here depending on what kind of outdoor furniture you have mine in particular has these really nice velcro tabs at the bottom already sewn in so that if it's a windy situation these are going to stay nice and put so with my feet and my Ottoman covers they both have all of the velcro sewn on them already so my plan is I'm just going to get new fabric for the top and for the welt cording along the side and I'm going to reuse the bottom fabric and save me a lot of time because when you're sewing little tabs like this this is the most time-consuming part I feel of the entire project I go ahead and I grab a cloth tape measure and I measure the project from seam of the first to see them at the back so once I get that measurement I in my case is 27 inches I can go ahead and figure I have five of these so I'm only five twenty seven inch increments to get this fabric on the new fabric and then I can go ahead and do the same thing with the Ottomans Ottomans are a little bit smaller so I can go ahead and take the tech tape measure go from front to back get that measurement and go on from there so I also have these back pieces now the back pieces I'm going to take top to bottom so I get my tape measure out I measure that up to the other scene so that's 22 inches making sure that along the way I'm adding half inch for each seam top and bottom that's my seam allowance I'm going to want to leave on the entire perimeter of my new fabric so I take that measurement I also take a whiff measurement here so I've got a 25 in 25 inch width measurement so once I take all of these measurements what I'm going to do is I'll lay it out on my chalkboard now I know that my fabric is it's Sunbrella fabric it's indoor outdoor fabric it's 54 inches wide so I know I need to fit all of these measurements on that 54 inch wide fabric so what I've done is I've taken my seat and I've got one two three four five of those I have some side panels on those seats as well then I need to cut out and so I can put those lay down on the fabric right next to the seat and then I'll be a little bit less than my 54 inch width that I need so I'll have a little extra fabric to play around with and trust me if you're approaching this for the first time you'll always feel more comfortable if you have a little bit of extra fabric with the islands I'm laying out the same way so I have the tops here and I've got the side panels alongside that and then I have throw pillows so these these two throw pillows that I have I have laid out one and shoes so these are fronts and Bax and then with the actual backs of all of these cushions I need a front piece and I need a back piece in my case my back piece has two smaller side panels and a large panel on the back so when I lay all those out I have a back I have the two side panels and then down here I have another back piece so all in all I'm going to line up twelve of these to get that all cut out so if I lay all those out I'm coming up if when I lay all of my measurements out I have that entire inch measurement and then I go ahead and I divided by 36 so I have 10 yards of fabric that I'm going to need that does not include the well according because I'm going to be doing a nice contrast to that so I've actually picked out a really nice bright spa blue with some dark brown trim so from that point I'm ready to go that's how I get all of the measurements that's how I make sure that I have enough fabric left over if you feel more comfortable get yourself an extra yard or two so that you'll have enough wiggle room in case you make a mistake with your cutting I've taken a seam ripper and I've gone ahead and I've gone along all the seams very gently and carefully and pulled out all of the commercial style thread it's a heavy-duty er thread so it takes a little bit more help to get through it but if you have a really nice sharp seam ripper that you'll be able to accomplish it very easily so you'll see what I come up with so here's the bottom with those tabs this is a piece that I'm going to save and when I get into this an interesting thing and with well cord that you use outside it comes in like this foam it's not a it's not a cotton cord that's not any kind of roping that you'd normally see an interior type repost or interior type of pole straight it's a foam so this is a specialty item it's a little harder to come by you can't just get this in your normal fabric store so I'm going to keep this and reuse it I'm going to recover this little and I'll set this aside as well my initial inspection of the cushion and you'll see this foam it's an exterior foam and it's basically a fiber that they kind of compressed but you'll see you know my wear patterns for the front of the cushion so what I'm going to do in order to cut this up a little bit more is they fold this over and I'm going to come along this middle seam here and I'm going to clip into it probably about 3/4 of an inch or so and what I'm doing now is I'm actually making a little divot adhering Valley if you will to accommodate a piece of foam now I could go out and I could get the same exact type of fiber foam that you see here but I did have some extra foam laying around house from an extra project and this actually will see weather like most normal outdoor outdoor furniture piece as well so I'm going to go ahead with the regular foam to fill in this little divot valley here so I pre-cut this and in this valley I'm simply going to take I don't know it's probably about an inch and a quarter thick regular foam and I'm going to crunch it and push it into that Valley that I just cut and you'll see from the profile that all of a sudden I've made this nice and even and smooth and I've really taken care of that divot and even though I keep my my that pattern piece is the same exact with dimensions this will puff that cushion out really nicely so you can see how I've laid out my pattern pieces I have cut out some others prior to this and this extrovert represents the back of the cushion so when I open this up I can I can see that there's not as much wear and tear on this I don't need to actually sell this with foam so I'm going to do is I'm going to take some polyester fiberfill sheeting and I'll cover this over just before I go ahead and stuff that back into the casing so I'll put this aside for now and the really neat thing here I have some T pins and the T pins are super heavy-duty there are two and a quarter inches long and they're really great for going through the sunbrella fabric so I have a right panel a left panel up front and a back so I'm going to go ahead and cut those out and and then I'll show you exactly how to do the cutting on the welt cording first thing I need to do is to take this foam well cord and place it on top of my fabric that I'm going to be using I need to determine what the width of that fabric needs to be in order to cover this piece of foam so I take the edge and I fold it over the top and then I take my cloth tape measure and I set it up the tip of it right in close next to that piece of foam and I simply adjust this around until that little from the tip to the edge measures one half inch now that one half an inch it is going to be the seam allowance that goes all the way around each and every cushion so I know that I'll line this up perfectly with each pattern piece as I go around the entire project so that being said I'm going to put my fingertip right there at the edge of the fabric I'll unfold this get the belt cord out of the way and then take the cloth tape measure and measure that distance now that turns out to be one and three-quarter inches so all of these strips are going to be cutting 1 and 3/4 inch the way that I cut the well cord cover is on the bias and what that simply means is that I take in the fabric and I've taken the shorter end meaning that the length of the fabric is facing in this direction I take the short end I fold it over and I line it up along the longer of the fabric and what that does it gives me a 45 degree angle that 45 degree angle what it allows for in the project piece is a lot more give to make make it around the curves of all the cushions I'm not fighting that natural tendency to curve around so in almost every case of upholstery I cut all the well cording on a bias cut so now that that's been folded over what I could simply do is go ahead and take my pair of scissors and split it all the way down this channel that I've made and what that's going to do is it's going to expose my very starting edge for all of my subsequent well cord pieces the starter piece is cut and so at this point I'm going to take my trusty sharpie marker and I'll get my cloth measure tape and I'll line it up directly onto this edge of the fabric I'll mark it at one and three-quarter inches in a couple different places and from that point I can go ahead and I can take a long measuring stick and Mark this right at those points and I can remove that and now I can go ahead and take the pair of scissors and run it all the way down that line so I get a nice consistent with all the way across a really nice thing about the fabric that I have chosen is that it's got a small little street a stripe in it and anytime I'm doing well corner I really love to go with a little tiny straight because what they wind up doing in the finished piece is making it look like the fancy your Rope cording that you can get at your local fabric store so this is a really great way to kind of mimic that without actually putting some money into that expensive product now once all your strips are cut you're going to wind up with pattern pieces that look like this and you can't simply just sew them together and that they're going to wind up being exactly perfect so what I wind up doing is I'll take one piece and flip it over the top of the other at a 90 degree angle and then I can go in here and offset it so that I can get my half inch seam so you'll see what I wind up with here are two little tails that are sticking out on either end and my seam is actually going to be right along this line here where I'll put this pin to show you how this is going to wind up so when its flipped it's going to line up perfectly now if I don't do these little tails on either end you'll see what happens if I line it up tip to tip and I pin it with a half inch seam that's what's going to wind up happening so you cannot put it together this way it needs to have those little tail sticking out 90 degree angle flip it up from here 90 degree angle line up your edges and then simply slide it until you get your half inch seam tip to tip pin it and then run it under your machine so I'm just going to put this underneath on my presser foot and go ahead and stitch this in place now I have this outfitted with my zipper foot on here and I'm just going to sew pretty close to that own piece underneath [Applause] now you'll notice that the phone piece starts right about here and I have a little tail here and that's that's been done on purpose so start about inch inch and a half down from your finish edge of your so once you're well cord is sewn in place you'll see the stitching very close to the foam cord underneath and I've got my half inch seam allowance all the way along and so that's nice and finished and ready to be applied to the new fabric so unfortunate enough to have I size individual pieces for the cushions on the seats and I have six individual pieces for the cushions on the backs right now I'm going to start on putting one of the backs together I've already completed one of them and so this is what it winds up looking like when it's completely finished I've got this really nice contrast well cord I decided to put on a couple of straps along the back that's going to attach it to the metal frame on the sectional itself so I attach those as well and then I've gone ahead and I've simply slip stitched this entire thing along the bottom so I danced already stuff that looks brand-new it's been wrapped up in a polyester fiberfill fabric so that's ready to go and great thing about this is that I can now take this as a reference when I'm putting my new pieces together I can visualize how the well cording needs to go and what I need to do with it in order to manipulate it to look like this when I sew it back together so I what I'm going to do at this point is these are the three pieces for the back and I'm going to simply pin these together and sew them now let me simply say something about what I'm doing here with the thread you know you really do need to have a commercial type sewing machine the thread that you're going to put through that commercial sewing machine is super sick and it really makes a difference in the type of thread that you use UV resistant thread is a polyester thread and this is what's recommended for a sunbrella or outdoor type fabric so if you have a regular sewing machine what I would say to you about that is you know if you want to go ahead and sew with regular thread that you get at your local fabric store just be aware that it's not UV resistant and over time that thread is going to break down so if you don't mind doing this project you know every two or three years or taking some hand stitching to it and going ahead and repairing it from time to time then go right ahead and do that in my case I have a really nice sailrite machine it's for making sales on sailboats so it's designed so through eight thick layers of canvas so if you have a machine like that then use that and use this UV protected thread that goes with it polyester thread you can get it in a variety of colors that mine happens to be brown and the nice thing about it is really it's going to blend in with almost anything you're really not going to be able to see it so you know another choice for you might be a monofilament nylon thread that's what I use for upholstery pieces for indoor purposes and that really isn't particularly a UV resistant thread either but if you are willing to take the cushions off and bring them inside when the weather is inclement then I think you'll be okay all three pieces of the back are sewn together and so I have two seams here that actually need to be matched up to the two corners of my front piece now I've gone ahead and I stitched the well cord onto the face fabric all along the edges and so at this point what I'm going to do here is because it needs to have this kind of strange configuration all along the top and the edge the best thing to do is to take the two corners slime them up along the top edge here and pin them right where the seam is and that way what that will wind up doing for me is give me a reference point as to where the sides need to go sometimes it's super hard to start stitching at the very bottom and go along all the way to the other side and realize that your half inch too short or 1/2 inch too long so I'm minimizing this by going ahead and making sure that the corners are matched up directly with the seams and you can see that here this is the area that I'm talking about here this is the corner that I've just made on the front and here is my seam so this these two areas are where I'm pinning right now so now that idea it's really great to have it as a reference for you so if you've got the luxury of being able to look at the old piece or the new piece whatever it really is helpful so I pulled this nice and tight and I find my very middle and I go ahead and I pin that as well so at this point I'm not going to go ahead and finish pinning all the way around what I want to do really is I want to start stitching at the corner and go all the way around this way and when I'm done with that I'll go all the way around this way and that'll make certain that these two corners stay exactly where they need to stay so this is just a way of positioning things I have the needle lowered into the fabric right at the corner here so this is my starting point I'm going to ignore everything to the left of this until I finish this entire seam and the great thing about this machine is that it's got this underneath this little foot and have a groove and so basically that foam welt can just kind of feed in underneath that groove it'll keep it nice and straight and that's what makes it really really nice and taut when you're done so I'll go ahead and and I'm making sure that my right hand side is lined up with my fabric underneath I'm at the other corner now and so I'm going to make the turn by raising the presser foot and pulling the fabric toward me this top fabric and then I can lower it again that'll make a beautiful crisp corner and then I'll just give you a tutorial on how to deal with these corners this is the curved corner and so it's really kind of difficult to go ahead and manipulate this fabric around and so basically what I do is if the apex of the curve I clip it here and I clip it here and then I can get more control out of this fabric and pulling it around and making a nice perfect yeah okay I have that one side done so I'm going to flip it out just to show you how really nice this works so I have this all stitched in place and so now I'm going to go ahead and go back to that other corner that I left behind and I'm going to work on this side making sure that everything is lined up perfectly I have all the corners are totally lined up everything is nice and neat all the way around I've sewn in my two flats and I've got a little snap system here I have brass snaps because they're not going to rust if there is they ever do get wet or exposed to humidity they're not going to rust through so I have those attached to the back as well before I go ahead and actually put the insert in I'm going to take this polyester fiberfill fabric which is about an inch thick and so I'm simply going to line it up along this top edge here and push it into it really really well to cut it straight along the bottom right along the plane of the bottom of the so this is what I wind up with it's just kind of sandwiched in there like that and all it's going to do it's going to take up any additional airspace that happens to be in this cushion cover so again this takes a little bit of finessing to get this in and I'm making sure that I have my angled piece lined up with the angled piece on the cushion cover so if you have any unusual configurations what I would say is to take any unusual piece and put that in first so I'm going to start with that angled portion and put that directly into the corner it's the point where these key pins are really really helpful they're super heavy-duty so I do have to kind of manipulate this a little bit in order to get this turned up the proper way so I flipped this fabric over or under sorry 1/2 an inch and I need it a half an inch up on the other fabric and I pin it in place and this is temporary because I'm going to go back and I'm going to even all of this out as soon as I get everything pinned in all along the entire length and that's how I do it I pull it nice and tight and then I pin it in place and you know quite honestly these pins just make it so much easier so here's how I slip stitch this together so I have my clear thread and I'm really sorry about that that you can't see it but you can see the technique of what how I do this with a needle I go ahead and I take the point and I put it to the through the fabric underneath and then through the fabric on top and just continue on in this manner pulling the thread nice and tight after each time you go through and you can continue this all the way along the entire length a hand stitching is all done so this cushion is complete and I'll go ahead and I'll demonstrate a seat cushion for you so that you can see how I the exact same principle apply to any shape of cushion I've started this project by going ahead and stitching down the welt cording so the welt cord is done and basically what I do here to get these nice crisp corners is I clip the well cording at the corner and make that nice crisp turn so when it's done you'll be able to see a little peekaboo of the finished fabric from the top peeking it through so that's how I finished this now again I'm going to go back to that same theory about seams and starting it at certain points where the seams are so I have to sew the side on and I'm referencing how this is going to go this corner needs to be lined up with this corner so I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to line this up directly at the corner and pin it in place and this is where I'm going to start stitching so I'll view one on this side and then I'll do the other one on the other side and I'll be clipping around the corner I'll be clipping the welt cord around the corner so that I can make that turn and have it look really nice and neat and so this is where this corner is going to wind up and I'm just going to pin it in place here so that I know where to start stitching so you'll see I started at the corner and I came around and followed this configuration for the side panel and wound up here so I'm simply going to do the exact same thing on the other side start at this corner and go all the way around and make that configuration okay so this is a little different so now we have everything finished on the inside I flip it this way up and I'm going to put right sides together with the old fabric on top and what I've done again lining up all the corners first line up the corners pin them and then go ahead and pull it nice and taut and then get your centerpiece and pin that and so I'll just show you briefly how I do that so I get one of my really nice T pins i line this up right at the corner and I pin it and then I pull it nice and tight locate the center and pin it again till I get all four corners and then I'm simply going to start at one end and go all the way around okay everything is sewn together you'll see I've got all the corners matched up perfectly along all the edges so I have this giant opening here and what I need to do is make sure that I have a top and a bottom and I know that this is the bottom so I'm going to insert this this way and again it's going to take a little bit of finessing to get it in there and chances are when you go back to your original piece you're going to notice and perfections and what came out of the manufacturing facility that actually made the cushion so you know a lot of this stuff isn't exactly 100 percent perfect so if you feel like you're not going to be able to get this quite right I wouldn't worry about that because the stuff that you're buying probably isn't 100 percent quite right either so trust me you're going to make a nice product here I have one last example to show you of the throw pillow that goes along the sides of the entire sectional so I have a front and back cutout Assistants be original and I have my wall cord already covered that I pulled off of the original pillow and so basically all I'm going to do at this point is go ahead and at the bottom of the pillow I'll line up my well cord and start stitching this on respond to the right side and so once I get that done I can go ahead and meet this welt cord together and remembering that I have the ends that are open and I can slip one piece inside the other once you have all of your well cord attached to the face fabric you can then take your backing fabric and place it over the top matching all of the corners and then take your teeth pins and pin all of those in place now when you're stitching this just make sure that you're going to be keeping a nice size opening at the bottom so that you can get your polyester fiberfill back in and you're not going to be struggling to get it in there if you leave a big enough hole you'll have plenty of space in order to put that back in very easily before I go ahead and flip it right side out I take the corners and I clip them very close into the stitching and help you probably three cuts per corner and what this is going to do it's going to allow for some bunching that might occur if you just flicked it the way it was it'll it will alleviate that from getting to bunching in the corners and make it make it live really really straight see how well the corners turned out simply by clipping them there say it's going to lie nice and flat and if you'll see here's the original you know I think my corners look a little bit better than theirs do so I'm you know I think that's a really great tip on getting these corners to lay just just the right way so from this point I'm going to go ahead I'll step it and then I'll go ahead and flip stitch it again with a monofilament threads you can't see it I just want to give you a close-up on how this is closed off it's closed off a little differently than the actual seat cushions the seat cushions themselves really won't be seen but this is this is a pillow it's going to be seen from all angles and so basically here's what I do I come up into the blue fabric and grab a little bit of that and then I take the tip of the needle and I put it in a spot just above the stitching for the welt course so it's just a little tiny bit above that and then I pull it and let me show you one more time I have the blue fabric get it in a little bit then go just above that welt cord stitching straight across and then come through pull it nice and tight and you'll see I have all of this done it looks just as good as anything that came out of a machine so if you follow the same procedure you'll have the exact same results here's the before and here's the after they're identical this one's a little cleaner so I'm wasn't it difficult and I'm just going to plug away at it I've got 15 cushions all together so I'm just going to do the exact same process for each cushion now in the case of your cushion and if it's a different style if it's got some odd little angles to it be patient and make sure that you're making all of your little individual cuts to get around corners or to you know make a 90-degree angle so if you do those things that's what's really going to set you apart for getting all of these really beautiful little curves and stuff in whatever style cushion you have the cushions are all in place it's early spring it's beautiful along with the cushions they're beautiful too you would never be able to find these in the store and honestly why go out and buy a new patio set when your patio set is just fine it didn't take a whole lot of effort yes it was time-consuming but it's not an intimidating project something that everybody could do with just a little bit of patience so until next time this is rene romeo thank you so much for watching this project

Reupholster or Recover Outdoor Patio Cushions (how to) – Renee Romeo

22 thoughts on “Reupholster or Recover Outdoor Patio Cushions (how to) – Renee Romeo

  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    I have a regular house sewing machine can i still use a polyester thread.? Because it looks like a can’t it gets too loose. Thanks

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Renee, you are so professional. I so enjoyed your tutorial. Excellent job. I’m pretty sure I can’t do what you just did, but my gosh, you made it look sooo easy. Thank you! I really enjoyed this!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    I bought a cheap face trimmer  (razor) from dollar general and use that to rip out seams.. It is much faster than  using a hand seam ripper but you still need to take your time. Make sure you are catching the thread and not the material.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    This is an excellent video, you're prepared, confident, well spoken, clear, informative, and great at explaining details. Thank you so much Renee!!!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Excellent tutorial! I have the supplies and have been trying to decide how to replace my cushion covers. Thanks for all your info and tips. Your finished product is gorgeous! 👌

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Your hair is gorgeous!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Thanks so much for the tutorial and the detailed info. Very easy to follow you, Saludos from Puerto Rico. Will try this!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Excellent video. full of detail ❤️

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Thank you for such a great video anyone could follow your instructions very easily and the set was beautiful

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Fantastic video. So well explained. Thank you!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Good video. I cover my cushion in plastic (cleaner's bag, trash bag, etc.) prior to inserting in cover. It makes it so much easier and then just tear it out before closing.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    so i made it too 😀 just by using woodprix plans:)

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Wow, you timed this video just for me 🤗 . I have my supplies and now feel very confident to get started on my project. So on a domestic sewing machine ( higher end model) I will use my walking foot with appropriate needle and thread, what stitch length do you recommend maybe a 5mm? Thank you so much. Val🇨🇦

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Thank you. Excellent video. It is exactly what I needed to help me with my project. I feel confident you have given the little tips that will help me be successful.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    You did a fantastic job. You helped me so much.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    What kind of machine is being used for this?

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Hei awesome page ☺ Keep it up!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Well done 😉
    You did a wonderful job explaining all the way through, end result looks amazing!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Hi,, do you have a vedio doing a bull nose cushion I would love to see it.. Thank you

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Oh wow! You did a wonderful job! I'll have to come back to this when I'm ready to do my project. Thanks!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    awesome job.. i want to do a project like this but, im afraid i will not look professional like yours.. well done amiga.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    great video Have a awesome toy filled day
    Stop by our channel when you have time thanks
    ElsaBell The little teapot

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