I would recommend one thing to a new upholsterer...don't use velvet (or striped fabric) for first time projects! I thought I was being clever by purchasing two $15 clearance brown velvet curtain panels at Target to save a bundle on fabric costs, but it was really difficult to work with and velvet shows everything.
In total I spent around $100 for the pair of chairs because I also had to replace the foam seats, but I'm glad I was able to find something I could customize for my home and give me some upholstery experience at the same time. The chairs are far from perfect, but I learned a so much from the process!
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