How to Reinforce Silk Dupioni Upholstery

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How to Reinforce Silk Dupioni Upholstery
Reinforce your silk dupioni to add durability for upholstering. (silk colour image by coff47 from

Silk dupioni is a beautiful fabric that is made by weaving two shades of rough threads of silk together. This results in a shimmering fabric that appears to change colour depending on the angle at which you view the fabric. Silk dupioni is commonly used in upholstery for its luxurious quality and durability. However, when upholstering furniture or other items, it's important to reinforce the fabric to increase durability and resilience. Knit backing, along with velour, is sewn to the back of silk to help add resilience, body and durability.

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Things you need

  • Light velour fabric
  • Razor
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Straight pins
  • Tailor's chalk

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  1. 1

    Place your silk dupioni face down on a flat surface and flatten the material by pressing down and smoothing out the silk.

  2. 2

    Lay the velour fabric right side up on top of the backside of the silk dupioni. Pin the velour to the silk dupioni using the straight pins. This helps secure the two fabrics together. Place the pins in a relatively straight line, which will help you establish where you'll sew your seam.

  3. 3

    Draw an outline on the velour fabric around the entire area being reinforced, and inside the perimeter where you used the straight pins. The pins should look like one line and the tailor's chalk should look like a parallel line beneath the pins.

  4. 4

    Loosely hand-stitch the velour to the silk dupioni along the chalk outline. Cut the excess fabric outside the chalk line with a razor.

  5. 5

    Place the fabric on a sewing machine and sew the velour to the silk dupioni. Your silk will be reinforced with a knit fabric that is as soft and luxurious as the silk itself.

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