DIY Slipcovers And Why I Love Making Them

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.


DIY slipcover loveseat with straps along the back.


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.

DIY slipcover for coffee table using a drop cloth.


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.


Drop cloth slipcover for a love seat exposing carved wood.


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.


DIY slipcover with frog detail.


Highlight Features

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.


DIY slipcover for a curvy chair


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.


DIY slipcovers for chairs with zipper.


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.


DIY slipcover coffee table with pleats.


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.


A comfortable slipcovered chair is part of the summer home tour with blue and white.


Unique Details

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.

  • Zippers
  • Ties
  • Frog closures
  • Pleats
  • Straps
  • Buttons



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.


DIY slipcover chair cushion.



Be sure to follow Thistle Key Lane on Pinterest. The boards are up to date with seasonal inspiration that you can use right now!


Drop cloth slipcover with a frog closure.


To see some more recent projects click on How To Make A Bench Slipcover and How To Make A Headboard Slipcover & Euro Sham.

Thanks so much for letting me share my DIY slipcovers old and new. Have a great week!



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14 thoughts on “DIY Slipcovers And Why I Love Making Them

  1. Nancy says:

    I love the decorative frog closure! I bought fabric to recover my dining room chair seats but had second thoughts when I realized the cream background on the fabric wouldn’t hold up well to messy grandchildren. I decided to make slipcovers instead! The covers are tailored to fit closely to the chair seat and attached to the chair back with color-matched wide grosgrain ribbon and hidden velcro. Big plus is that I can take them off and throw them in the washer!

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Hi Nancy, sounds like you made the right decision on slipcovering your chairs. I love the tailored look and the grosgrain ribbon is so smart! Have a great week!

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you Janet! Slipcovers for the dining room chairs are next. Just waiting for the right inspiration.

  2. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Michelle you are so talented. That slipcover on the chair with the different pattern and zipper down the back looks positively sexy! They are all beautiful and each one fits the furniture perfectly!

  3. Barbara at Mantel and Table says:

    Michelle your ideas are wonderful – whatever you called them in the past! 😉 I guess I never thought about all the different things you could slip cover. And I love how you kept the beautiful details of the furniture in view! Brilliant! 💗

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you Barbara for your sweet comments! These older pieces are much more functional now with slip covers, plus we still get to enjoy them.

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      I didn’t realize how many I’ve made until I started adding them up. LOL! Thanks for pinning Crissy!

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