Today’s post is all about DIY slipcovers and why I love making them. I’ve had lots of interest in my slipcovers lately, so I thought it would be fun to do a round up of the slipcovers currently in residence. If you are new to the blog, you may not realize the DIYs of these pieces were in some of my super old posts.
Yep that was when I had the brilliant idea of creative titles such as, “To Slip Cover Or Not To Slip Cover” and “What’s Old Is New Again”. Hopefully, I know a wee bit more about SEO now, than when I first started blogging. 😉
Keep reading for the for my top 5 reasons of why I love slipcovers, and see if you agree.
Updating old Furniture
Deciding on what to do with my grandmother’s love seat is where the DIY slipcovering started for me five years ago. The ornate carved wood and pink taffeta love seat didn’t go anywhere in our casual home, but I couldn’t part it.
A casual drop cloth slipcover had the desired effect bring the formality down a few notches. It was my first slip cover project that I pretty much jumped in with both feet.
When designing DIY slipcovers think about any features to highlight such as carved arms, legs or backs. Exposing carving details on the back of the love seat was tricky, but well worth the effort. The straps are like a sundress exposing a little shoulder.
The curvy chair in my studio has a form fitting slipcover like a tight dress, with a zipper up the back. Instead of using a drop cloth I used white denim fabric for the front and a geometric print for the back.
I’ve use this cute chair at my studio table, as an extra dinning room chair and sometimes in the bedroom for guests.
Slipcover Almost Anything
Don’t forget tables, cushions and headboards can be slip covered too. The matching coffee table has a slipcover with a pleat in the front and back. I can’t help but compare slipcovers to clothes. Do you think of them that way? It’s a like a short dress showing a little leg.
Wash and Wear
Drop cloths come in handy for slipcovers especially if you’re on a budget, plus they hold up well in the wash. It’s the most inexpensive way I can think of to extend the life of outdated upholstered furniture.
Ticking and denim hold up well too and have the same timeless appeal of the canvas drop cloths.
To me, it doesn’t matter if slipcovers are freshly ironed or wrinkled and comfortable, I just love the casual look they bring to a room.
Little details make all the difference such as the frog closure on the love seat. It hides a little hook that secures the the back panel in place.
Here’s a list of some of my favorite details that I like incorporating into slipcover designs.
- Frog closures
The painted wicker chair was updated with a slipcovered cushion made from a Potterybarn Euro sham. The buttons are just for looks since the envelope opening is secured with a strip of velcro.
Did you notice the cushion has two striped patterns? Reversible cushions are something to think about if your making a slipcover and want to change up the look.
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Thanks so much for letting me share my DIY slipcovers old and new. Have a great week!
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