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Trending now: Large wide zippers.
Catching my attention in the fashion world these days, are wide zippers on skirts, sweaters and even lacy dresses. Zippers are becoming part of the design in so many creative ways. In some instances, turning what was once considered a formal look into something playful and sporty. Why not approach home decor with the same attitude.
We love to hear stories of the cute and innocent things we did as children. I remember my mom telling me, when I was five, my Sunday school teacher Charlotte asked me where I got my beautiful dress. I told her matter-of-factly, my mother made it from one of her old suits that was out of style. Evidently, Charlotte was very impressed with the sophisticated rich colors of the woven tweed and beautiful buttons made into a smart-looking jumper. After church she made a point of complimenting my mother on her resourcefulness. My mother said she was a little embarrassed over the whole thing, especially when her friend kept going on and on about it! She wasn’t upset with me of course, for telling the truth. After all, we were at church!
My mom did have an amazing talent for stretching a small budget. My “what’s old is new again” is almost as clever and I didn’t spend a dime.
After combing through a couple of fabric stores, looking for fabric to recover the cushion on the newly painted wicker chair, I came back empty-handed. Determined to find the right material, I started going through the linen closet and discovered a euro sham I saved from Pottery Barn.
Pottery Barn Euro Sham small stripe
Pottery Barn Euro Sham front with wide stripe
The sham hardly looked used, so I saved it after the last master bedroom update. Now it has a new purpose.
Center opening pinned in order to keep the fabric from moving
Sham turned inside out and pinned around the edge of the cushion
Fitting sham to cushion
I decided to approach this project just like the slip cover I made for the love seat.
The sham was turned inside out and the cushion was inserted. After centering the cushion inside and pinning the opening closed across the center, I proceeded to pin all around the edge.
After stitching around the edge the extra fabric is trimmed away.
Then I carefully removed the cushion and sewed where the pins marked the outline of the cushion.
Next, I carefully cut away the extra fabric.
Seam across the corner.
Corner from the reverse side
In order to make the corners look fitted I made a little triangle, pinned it in place, then ran a seam across each corner.
Sandy under the guest bed watching me taking photos.
Finished cushion with buttons
The cushion with its coordinating fabric is reversible but I favor the small stripes. Velcro (my trade secret) was used to hold the opening in place and navy buttons finished the project.
Wicker chair after new paint and a slip covered cushion.
The slip covered cushion completes the chair. One step closer to finishing the guest room!
Check out the before picture of the wicker chair in the post Color Refined.
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
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
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
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
Small pleat made on each side
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.
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.
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
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….
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.
Reverse side of the slip cover showing how the seams come together
The raw edges of the seams are trimmed with pinking shears.
Inside seams without the cushion
Front of slip cover with straps to show the carved design
Narrow strip of cloth for the straps cut along the salvage edge
Straps used to connect the front to the back of the slip cover
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
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.)
Cutting around the cushion for the top and bottom
Cut a ban of material to connect the top and bottom of the cushion
Carefully pin around the top and bottom layers so the ban is same width all the way around.
Velcro sewn into the back side of the cushion to close the envelope
Velcro used on the cushion
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
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.