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  • What Is Jute Webbing?

    What Is Jute Webbing?


    Jute is the most common form of webbing material that is found in the suspension systems within furniture. The material is made up of a natural, vegetable fibre that is spun into extremely strong bands that are then used for furniture suspension.



    Typically, the best jute webbing comes on a roll and is marked with a red stripe, on the other hand, lesser quality jute webbing is marked with a black stripe. The different qualities of jute webbing can influence its use within the upholstery industry.



    This jute webbing is generally used to give support for the part of the furniture that is likely to be baring the most weight. For example; the seat.



    This type should be used on traditional furniture pieces and on sections of the furniture that will bear the least weight. For example; the back piece.


    A Brief History


    Jute has been used for furniture webbing for hundreds of years. Up until the 1950s jute was the only material that fit the purpose for suspension, it was only at this time in history that synthetic materials began to appear for this use.


    How Is Jute Webbing Used?

    Jute webbing is used to create a structural framework over coil springs within the furniture under the seat and are stretched as tightly as possible over this area of the furniture. It is often laid out in a woven style, before being fixed in place, to provide as much structural support and stability as possible. This type of webbing is usually fix in a traditional style, which involves pulling the webbing tight and as even as possible.

    Tip: when upholstering a chair, flip it onto its back and work out how many strips it originally had. This will enable you restore it to it’s original state.

    When it comes to repairing any upholstered furniture, it is important to know which webbing was used before, to ensure that you repair the chair to its original strength and reduce the risk of damaging it further due to the use of incorrect webbing or fitting. There are several other types of webbing:

    • Industrial/commercial polyester webbing,
    • Polypropylene webbing,
    • Nylon webbing.

    These all come with their advantages and disadvantages, but if you are unsure about what webbing your furniture had, using jute webbing is a safe bet. You can create the strength you want, with the most traditionally used form of webbing.


    We hope that this has provided some insight into jute webbing for upholstery. If you would further advice or information, please contact the J A Milton team on 01691 624023.

  • How To Attach Clips To Pirelli Webbing

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    How To Attach Clips To Pirelli Webbing 


    Step 1 - When you use Pirelli webbing, there is a rough side and a smooth side. The rough side goes to the top to stop cushions from slipping, the smooth side to the bottom.




    Step 2 - When you have a clip, it has got a little lip on one side and nothing on the other side. The clip needs to be placed with the lip facing the rough side of the webbing, as it is going to go across the chair. If you place the clip onto the webbing so that the webbing goes over the side without the lip, it will actually cut the webbing.




    Step 3 - You can attach the clips with a vice. To do this, place the flat side of the clip towards the outside of the vice (towards the handle) and place the webbing in the bottom of the clip.




    Step 4 - Tighten the vice onto the clip. However, don’t take it too hard because it is not meant to come all the way through. The teeth are just meant to grip into the webbing. When the webbing and clip goes into the groove across the chair, the rough side is to the top, the smooth side to the bottom. You want to take 10% up on that (the webbing) before you put the other side on to give you a stretch.



    Step 5 - When placing your clip on the other side, the process is exactly the same. However, if you do not have a vice, then a pair of pliers can be used to squeeze the clip into place. A vice is much simpler, but the pliers are just as effective.




    To watch our handy YouTube video, demonstrating how to attach clips to Pirelli webbing, click the 'play' button below:



    In need of some Pirelli webbing or clips? Follow the link to purchase from our online shop:


    If you having difficulty with a certain tool or you would like to know if there is better way of doing something, please do not hesitate to send us an email:
    or call us:
    01691 624023


  • J A Milton – How To Make A Bean Bag

    If you are new to upholstery and are interested in making something relatively straight forward to get you started, why not try to make a bean bag? They can be made in varying sizes, so you could even make a small one first to make sure you understand the process, before going ahead and making a full size one! Beanbags can come in a vast range of colours and even have varying shapes, but the standard beanbag is a sphere that molds to user.



    They are a lot simpler to make than they first appear, find out how below:

    First things first, you will need to make sure that you have all the equipment you will need;


    Helpful Tip: Ironing the fabric can make measuring and sewing easier.


    Once you have all the equipment you need, you can begin to make your very own beanbag.


    Step 1

    For the beanbag you will need two equal sized pieces of fabric. Measure the fabric to the size you want, marking it with the pencil as you go, then cut the piece out.

    Tip: leave an extra inch around where you have measured to allow for when you sew the pieces together.


    Step 2

    Lay one piece of fabric over the other, ensuring that the pattern is facing the inside, towards the other fabric piece. Tack the pieces together, making sure the edges are flush.


    Step 3

    Stitch your fabric together.

    Place the edges of the fabric under the threaded needle of a sewing machine, make an inseam almost all the way round. You need to leave a space so that you can easily fill the beanbag up later on.

    Then go back around the inseam leaving half an inch between the first inseam. Don’t sew up the space you left.

    Once done, remove from the machine. Cut off excess fabric and thread.


    Step 4

    Reach through the space you left when sewing and grab the seam on the opposite side.

    Pull the fabric through the space, flipping the beanbag the other way around, and make sure that the all the seams are correct.


    Step 5

    Fill the beanbag with your beanbag filling. We recommend using polystyrene beans.



    Step 6

    Sew up the hole you filled up the bag up through by hand using a small, sharp needle.


    Step 7



    To make things even easier for our customers we have put together a Beanbag Kit that comes with a free tuition DVD. Making your own beanbag couldn’t be easier.


    We hope these steps have provided you the information you need to make your very own beanbag chair! If you would further advice or information, please contact the team at JA Milton on 01691 624023.

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