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Today we do the Rails

There used to be a 4″ wide upholstered rail here, but the cat made quick work of it with her claws. We tried to protect them by providing a scratch pad for her, then by gluing a product called “Soft Paws” on her claws, and by placing tape over everything, but in the end her claws won the match. The best way to protect your furniture and everything you love is don’t own a cat, the next best way is to have an outdoor cat, but if you have to choose between retaining a family member or throwing out the cat, you let the cat tear up some stuff, then convince them that it is really not all that bad to de-claw the cat. Certainly, better than turning it over to the inhumane society. In today’s post, we are going to show you how to repair the damage done by the cat, and how to de-claw the cat. All this can be done from the comfort of your own home



Hard to see here, but this is one of the rails. This rail is the outer edge of the seat cushion of the dinette. We are going to cover these rails in the cream-colored micro fiber upholstery fabric we found at Joan’s Fabrics in Salem, Oregon.

The round edge made me nervous as I was unsure how to stretch the fabric around the corner without the folds being visible on the side that showed into the room. What we are looking at here is the back side of the piece. I stapled the fabric along the bottom side of this piece keeping it straight and tight. When I got to the corner, I did small distances pulling them around the corner and stapling each while stapling them in place, surprisingly to me, my idea worked like a charm.

Now that we have made the bend simply fold the remaining fabric over the back. Tack it every few inches on the outer edge. What it is not shown in this picture, the next step is folding the loose fabric over into a neat line and stapling it with no space between the staples the entire length of the seam. Sorry about no photo, I keep forgetting to take the pictures. I get too goal oriented.

Now we fasten the new rail on by using an electric screwdriver, and wood screw and a snap.

Athena and Sarah, are making the snap covers. They have to wrap the buttons in the cloth remaining from the construction of the rails. The can on the table is scotch guard, which is a fabric protector, but it is only good for stains, does nothing for cat scratch disease.


Little does Athena know, but I bought the wrong kind of snaps, she is working diligently to make these snaps for me, she even got a bigger hammer. She was never able to get these to work, so I have to go shopping again, and not get the ones for boat covers.

Here is the new rail, done in a cream microfiber with grey snaps. Plan to make the cream snap covers later.

Here is a completed booth, looks really nice, Athena does not like the cushion color, so I may be doing those sometime in the future. Considering how the snaps went today, we have decided to leave the do it yourself de-clawing the cat lesson to another day. That’s it for today’s quick lesson in vehicle upholstery repair. Note the correct snaps for indoor work: Turns out, we need to buy the #30 Dura Snap Button With Stud kit. We can get these here. You can find the upholstery fabric here

I your handy and don’t mind getting your hands dirty you can also put up your own awnings. All you need is some fabric a sewing machine and the ability to sew straight lines. Here is a source for fabric here

If you can sew, you can make money on the road. RV’s that get lived in need the upholstery, slide toppers and awnings replaced. Put your rate up on the park bulletin boards and see what happens. We did all this, and the only thing we re-upholstered in the past was a boat, and neither us has more sewing ability than required to suture the thanksgiving turkey.

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