ūüé• How to apply upholstery gimp braid

ūüé• How to apply upholstery gimp braid

When reupholstering chairs that has exposed wood, there is often places where the staples will be seen.

One way to hide those staples is using gimp braid. Gimp braid is attached with either gimp pins and/or glue. A hot glue gun is very handy for applying gimp braid and works well, especially if you use fabric glue sticks. 

How to apply gimp braid - Hot Glue Gun

  1. Heat up a hot glue gun with a fabric rated glue stick.
  2. Dab a small amount of hot-glue onto end of gimp braid, fold and press edge over. This is to tidy up the frayed edge. 
  3. Apply small lines of glue onto the chair, and stick the gimp braid on. 
  4. At the end, fold over the frayed edge of braid, and fold under with glue. 
  5. Tip: Use a gimp pin or decorative nail at the start and end of each piece.

How to apply gimp braid - Fabric Glue 

  1. Open a small tube of fabric glue. 
  2. Dab a small amount of adhesive onto end of gimp braid, fold and press edge over. This is to tidy up the frayed edge. 
  3. Apply glue onto chair and/or onto back of gimp braid. Press into place.
  4. At the end, fold over the frayed edge of braid, and fold under with glue. 

How to apply gimp braid - Gimp Pins or Decorative Nails 

  1. Fold end of gimp braid over.
  2. With your finger, press a small gimp pin or decorative nail into position to hold end of gimp in place. 
  3. Use a tack hammer to drive them home. 
  4. Continue placing them at intervals along the braid.
  5. At the end, fold over the frayed edge of braid and hold in place with another pin or tack. 

Here is a video below showing how easy it is to apply with a hot-glue gun:

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