How To Make A Bench Slipcover

I have a simple tutorial on how to make a bench slipcover with a few shortcuts you might appreciate. After working on our master bedroom refresh, I was motivated to move this project to the top of my to-do list. To see the post click on Updating A Bedroom With Patterns.


Finished look for the bench slipcover.


Replacing the worn bench with a new design would be nice but not a high priority. I would rather spend money in other places, and coming up with an inexpensive solution is always a fun challenge.

The bench works great for storage but is showing its age and thread bare spots. My best solution is to slipcover the whole piece.

How To Make A Bench Slipcover

The first step was taking measurements. When ever I make slipcovers I add a couple of inches to the overall size for seam allowances. The excess fabric can be trimed once it’s all pinned together.

My big time saver starts with a large canvas drop cloth, that way the amount of fabric isn’t an issue. The slipcover is made from two panels of fabric. That’s it!


Instructions on how to make a bench slipcover.


The first panel is long enough to wrap around all four sides of the bench with a little extra for a front pleat. I also took advantage of the outside edge that already had a hem.

Not having to create a hem or corner seams is a huge time saver.


Details like the pleat make a cute bench slipcover.


The second panel is a rectangular piece for the top. Again I added a few inches to the length and width. Once the the two pieces were pinned together I trimmed off the extra fabric.



When sewing the two panels together, I slightly rounded the corners for a casual fit. I love adding fun little details on all my slipcovers. Did you notice the navy and cream ribbon? On this one, I added four pieces of ribbon to the inside of the pleat securing it with fabric glue.

The ribbon only adds a small detail and I know that barely shows but I like it.


Ribbon inside the pleat is the finishing touch.


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Supplies For Making A Bench Slip Cover


Finished project on how to slipcover a bench.

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Detailed tutorial in how to make a bench slipcover.


Hope my little project is a help to you! Do you use slipcovers in your home? Lave me a comment and let me know the most functional ways you use them.



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16 thoughts on “How To Make A Bench Slipcover

  1. Cindy says:

    The new slipcover looks amazing! What an easy way to update the bench. The ribbon detail is just enough! I don’t currently have slipcovers on any of our furniture but I have made them for our customers. Wingback chairs, settees, and ottomans. My favorite reason for having slipcovers is the ability to wash them!

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Yes! Having slipcovers that can be washed is a huge bonus. Thank you so much for stopping by Cindy! Hugs!

  2. Kerryanne says:

    It looks amazing Michelle. Pinning for later!
    I’d love to invite you over to Shabby Art Boutique to share at my weekly Create, Bake, Grow & Gather link party.

  3. Julie Briones says:

    What a smart and affordable slip cover for this bed bench. Love that you used drop cloth, and the ribbon accents are perfect. They may not show much, but they DO add a lovely touch! (Love your pin too!)

  4. Rachelle says:

    Hi Michelle, I’ve been meaning to make a drop cloth ottoman slip cover forever. This is just what I need to get started. Love the touch of ribbon!

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      In the post under supplies, there is a link for the drop cloth I purchased for the bench slip cover. Click on drop cloth and it will take you to the Home Depot web site.

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