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Monday, August 8, 2011

DIY slipcover


If you have time (approx 6 hrs), a chair, fabric, measuring tape, a TON of straight pins, and a sewing machine - you can make a slip cover.  Trust me - I am by no means a skilled seamstress and I am pretty lax when it comes to technique, and over the weekend I made the slipcover pictured above (woohoo!).  UPDATE:  I started cutting/sewing my second slipcover yesterday, and it'll probably only take me half the time (3hrs) to make it (and it's looking crisper)

Step #1: Find a chair:
(mine were 2 for $50 on Craigslist)

Step #2 and #3: Select and measure/cut fabric:

I divided the chair into sections (e.g. back, front, arm, side), measured, and then converted those measurements into rectangular cuts of fabric (approx 3 yards, I used Waverly fabric in Country Club). 

Step #4: Pin and Trim


This was the longest and most dangerous (b/c of pinpricks, ouch!) step.  Following the lines of your chair, pin the fabric (inside out) where you want your seams.  Trim areas where you have extra fabric, but not too much, since you need a seam allowance and wiggle room in case you make a mistake.

Step #5: Sew

Once your slipcover is perfectly pinned, slip it off the chair (mine came off easily), walk over to your sewing machine, and start sewing (note: I used heavy duty thread and a heavy duty needle).  Follow your straight pins, removing them as you go.

Whenever I became frustrated with a section, I'd temporarily abandon it and start on another.  I figured all the seams would meet up eventually.  After I thought I was done, I slipped the cover on the chair (still wrong-side out) and trimmed/pinned and even hand sewed a couple stitches until it looked right.

The best part of the project was flipping the slipcover right side out and putting it back on the chair.  It may still need a couple tweaks, but I think it looks 10x better than any floppy cover I could have purchased at a Department store.


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9 comments:

  1. Oh and 2 for $50!!! maaaan!

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  2. @ Ria - I know, an AMAZING deal for Ethan Allen chairs! And - thanks! Now I need to motivate to sew slipcover #2...

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  3. Now that I'm looking at the pics...I've decided I'm going to paint the chair legs a dark brown. I think it'd look much nicer.

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  4. two thumbs up!
    your chair cover looks amazing!

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  5. Yes i agree, dark brown definitely nicer!

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  6. Too much work for me. Nice job! Is your cover machine washable?

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  7. Hmm...I assume it is, but I'm not positive. I'll have to research the fabric a bit.

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