Drop Cloth Armchair Slipcover

Armchair Slipcover

So excited to share with you, the armchair slipcover I finished this weekend. It’s been awhile since I’ve applied my sewing skills. After setting up my old sewing machine, I had to pause. How do I refill the bobbin? I’m really much better at painting.

Below are before and after photos of an armchair that belonged to my grandparents. This armchair has been around for three generations. It’s well made and comfortable, so I think we will keep it in the family for a good while. Someday I’ll have the upholstery updated, but until then we can use the chair with a casual slipcover that blends in with our decor. Continue reading

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Curvy Chair Slipcover

The first project for 2016 was supposed to be a snap, or in this case a zip.  I was going to whip up a slip cover within a couple of hours, but chairs are hard; especially chairs with lots of curves. Of course, I made it more complicated by attempting to make a slipcover reminiscent of a form-fitting cocktail dress. Alas, the finished slipcover by all appearances is more appropriate for a casual afternoon tea. Story of my life.

 

The Chair

 

Side view

 

The charming chair sitting at my desk was intended to be a temporary solution until I could find an industrial type swivel stool. Well, months later I’m still using the temporary solution.  If the past is any indication of the future, it looks like chair is here to stay.  Wanting to protect the paint finish was my motivation to make a slipcover with a fashionable zipper running up the back.

 

Front View of Slip Cover

 

By the time I pinned, cut, re-pinned, and muttered a few expletives (luckily no one was home…not that anyone’s presence would have stopped me), I figured out how to cover the curvy chair. The final slip cover is composed of four sections; the seat, the seat back, a wrap-around skirt covering the front legs and the zippered back panel.

 

Back view at the desk

 

Curvy back

 

Most sections came together easily, however the seat back was the most tricky.  I added photos of the pinned sections to show how it all came together.

 

Pinning seat and seat back panels

 

After viewing this photo, I realized the seat needed lining because the striped ticking was visible.  Discovering this before the skirt was stitched in place was a relief. I like sharing little things like this because it is all part of the trial and error process.

 

Attaching the skirt

 

Side view of the seat back

 

Connecting the back and front

 

Fitted look with a dart on each side

 

Sunny view

 

The zippered back is by far the best feature of the slip cover. Tea with a bit of rum, anyone?

 

Back view

Cheers!

 

 

This post was linked to Making Broken Beautiful | No.26 The Curator’s Collection

 

©2016 Curvy Chair Slipcover was first published on Thistle Key Lane.

Slipcover Magic

My husband has teased that if you sit too long in our house you might get painted. Soon the same may apply to being slipcovered.

 

Carved mirror table

Carved mirror table

 

I have a closet where I stash Christmas gifts, off-season decorating accessories and beneath all the really good junk was this carved table that matches the love seat I just slipcovered.

The challenge was going to be covering the table’s carved  and curvy top.  The solution I found was a piece of foam core board to place on top of the table.   I turn the table over and traced around the edge then went back and eased the curved indentions into an oval shape. The foam core board also creates and even surface on the top since the mirror is lower than the carved edge.

 

Trace the shape of the table onto foam core board

Trace the shape of the table onto foam core board

 

Foam core board cut out

Foam core board cut out

 

Using a utility knife I cut around the outline until I had the desired shape.

 

Foam core board after edges are rounded

Foam core board after edges are rounded

 

I used the oval foam board as a pattern to cut out the fabric for the top then started pinning the top to the skirt. I had just enough of the 8 oz. drop cloth left over from the love seat to cover the table.

 

Pin top fabric to skirt

Pin top fabric to skirt

 

Small pleat made on each side

Small pleat made on each side

 

Reverse side of slip cover showing seams

Reverse side of slip cover showing seams

 

The skirt is two rectangle pieces of fabric with a seam on each side of the table.  I barely had enough fabric for the skirt but did managed to squeeze  a small pleat in the front and back.  After sewing the seams I trimmed the excess fabric with pinking shears.  All that was left was the hemming the skirt.

 

Great slip cover pair

Slip cover seating area

 

With a little slipcover magic, I turned two unused sentimental pieces of furniture into a functional seating area.  This may be my new reading spot and a place to stack my books.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

 

Linked up with: Slightly Coastal

©2015 Slipcover Magic was first published on Thistle Key Lane

To Slipcover or Not To Slipcover

Pink is not my signature color and the Victorian style does not match anything in our home, but after much debate, I was not ready to let go of my grandmother’s love seat. Having it upholstered was too pricy.  The answer, make a slip cover.  This was my first big adventure in making a slipcover and I’m crazy over how it turned out!

 

Love seat before

Love seat before

Of course I never would have jumped in with both feet without first studying the tutorial at the Miss Mustard Seed blog. If I can follow Marian’s instructions on slipcovers, you can too! She is very thorough and my “go to” for inspiration!

For the fabric I used an 8 oz. (9′ x 12′) drop cloth purchased from Lowe’s. Then I went back and bought another one haha!  One was more than enough for the love seat but I need more fabric to cover the large down filled cushion. I used the center seam as a guide to helped make sure both sides of the seat back, seat, and back were mirror images of each other. I would have utilized the amount of fabric more efficiently had I not used the center seam in this way.  As it turned out, the seam running down the middle adds character to a very simple design and I like it!

 

Pin sections together and trim away extra fabric, repeat....

Pin sections together and trim away extra fabric, repeat….

 

Making the slipcover was not difficult but it did take a great deal of patience.  After awhile I got the rhythm down…drape, pin, trim, drape, pin trim, repeat. You get the idea.

 

Covering the complete love seat just didn’t look right so I decided to expose the carved woodwork at the top.  My first thought was to make ties but I quickly changed my mind in favor of straps.  Think of it as a sun dress!

 

Frog closure detail used instead of a button or tie on the back

Frog closure detail used instead of a button or tie on the back

Instead of leaving an opening in the center back, the opening is where the left side panel and the back panel meet. It seemed like a better place due to the exposed woodwork on top.  This also gave me an opportunity to use the frog closure at the top.  A handsome detail!  (I’ll explain in a minute why I didn’t use buttons.)

 

 

The cushion was the last part of the project.  The challenge was trying to keep the ban of fabric going around the cushion the same width.  The cushion is really a long down pillow and rather floppy.  I think covering a more rigid cushion would be easier.

Confession time!  I don’t know how to install a zipper or make button holes so velcro is my crutch (so embarrassing).  I used velcro on the back side of the cushion where I made an envelope opening. 

 

Slip cover made from a drop cloth

Slip cover made from a drop cloth

Love seat after with slip cover

Love seat after with slip cover

The overall design is very simple and of course it would look better with fabric covered cording as suggested in the Miss Mustard Seed tutorial.  I’ll work on that for the next project, especially now that I know what to expect.

 Cheers!

© 2015 To Slipcover or Not To Slipcover was first published on Thistle Key Lane