Cotton canvas with a twist. Now we’re talking!
My customer, Barb, and I are over the moon with this Bayside canvas by Roth Tompkins. It’s a variation on a classic weave perfect for cottage-style decor.
What makes this cloth different from basic cotton canvas? More texture, much softer hand-feel, fewer wrinkles and a wonderful high-low color effect that reminds me of worn denim.
This fabric works best for medium weight slipcovers that get moderate use.
Slipcovered in washed Bayside canvas, Barb’s old Sherrill chair now has the same relaxed look as her Bridgewater stripe wing back slipcovers and natural denim sofa slipcover.
A simple cotton canvas, also known as duck cloth, makes a great looking and comfy slipcover without spending a fortune on fabric.
Go with white or natural and you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck. Canvas in these soft neutral shades are versatile and have year round appeal. The look is relaxed and casual. Choose 12 oz. or 14 oz. weight for best coverage and durability.
Here are two of my favorite canvas fabrics:
White 12 oz. cotton canvas I like the clean bright white color and cotton-y hand-feel. It softens up with wash. Very good coverage over most upholstery colors.
Natural #12 weight cotton duck Don’t confuse this #12 weight with a 12 oz. I prefer the #12 weight because it’s woven with 2-ply yarns (instead of single yarns) making it smoother, less grainy and more durable than regular 12 oz. natural canvas. It’s sooooo much nicer than a canvas drop cloth!
Be sure to pre-shrink these canvas fabrics before you make your slipcover. Here’s how I do it to reduce wrinkles.
Learn more about choosing the right canvas in my free e-book, All About Canvas & Duck for Slipcovers.
This little camelback loveseat looks like an entirely different piece with its new awning stripe slipcover. Bye-bye outdated cabbage rose. Hello cottage-chic!
Fabric: Bromley Woven Stripe color Sand, a durable and washable cotton poly canvas.
A khaki slipcover? No way. Too yellow, too tan, too drab. Then I found this khaki bull denim at Big Duck and it’s now one of my favorite neutrals for slipcovers.
It’s the soft, pale shade with a subtle gray-green cast that gives this khaki a fresh, updated look. I love it how it brightened up my customer’s space.
This khaki 12 oz. cotton bull denim is durable, washable and super versatile. Mix it with reds, blues, sage, white or charcoal.
Even though it is labeled “pre-shrunk” it still has some shrinkage so be sure to wash & dry your yardage before you make your slipcover. You will love the look and hand-feel even more after it’s laundered.
You can’t beat cotton matelasse when it comes to creating a slipcover that is both comfy and sophisticated. My long distance customer, Vanessa, had me make a custom cushion cover and bolster covers for her gorgeous sleigh daybed.
The 100% cotton matelasse I love most for slipcovers is this diamond pattern from Roth & Tompkins in color Natural. It’s thick, supple and not too stretchy.
Use this fabric by itself or mix it with other textures and prints. It’s one of those fabrics that blends beautifully with just about any decor style.
I’m a big fan of sleigh daybeds, too. They make a wonderful alternative to a traditional sofa, love seat or chaise. The one I have, shown above, is from the late 1800’s. It was used as a fainting couch and sat at the foot of a huge four poster bed. I found it in a vintage furniture shop in San Francisco years ago.