My customer’s pretty sun room just got a bit brighter with this natural denim slipcover.
I pin fit her love seat with Washed Natural Upholstery Denim — a casual cotton bull denim with a soft drape. This fabric feels lighter weight and less structured than most 14 oz. denims.
Tip: although this fabric is described as “washed” it still needs to be pre-shrunk. Washed only means the fabric has been finished to feel laundered (soft). Be sure to wash and dry your yardage before making your slipcover.
Have you ever made an ottoman slipcover and the top fit too small even though your measurements were spot on? Did the welt cord ride up and pull away from the corners?
That’s usually what happens when you cut and sew the ottoman top to match only the width and depth measurements. Those specs don’t tell you much about how poofy or flat the ottoman’s crown is or how rounded or pointed the corners should be.
To create a better fit try this: pin fit the welt cord upright against the ottoman sides. Here’s how I do it:
- Cut fabric for the ottoman top 2″ larger on all sides.
- Center fabric on ottoman and pin it to the surface.
- This is key: position welt cord seam allowance flat against the sides of the ottoman. Align the rounded edge of the welt cord with the ottoman surface. Pin cord all the way around following the natural curve of the corners.
- Trim excess fabric following edge of welt cord seam allowance. Remove the top cover from ottoman and stitch on welt cord without removing the pins. Notch corners and proceed with attaching skirt.
Beth purchased her Pottery Barn Basic Sofa back in 2003 with an indigo denim slipcover.
After many years of wear, wash and exposure to sunlight, her original slipcover shows its age but the sofa itself is still going strong.
Unfortunately, Pottery Barn no longer makes replacement slipcovers for their older models from the Basic collection. They changed the size, their newest slipcovers don’t fit. No problem. I can make a slipcover copy!
Beth dropped off her old Pottery Barn slipcover to use as a pattern. She chose Beefy Brushed Bull Denim in color Graphite by Carr-Textile. This 12 oz. cotton denim is sanded, brushed and dyed to take on a broken-in look after it’s washed.
I updated the slipcover by shortening the skirt a couple of inches to expose the sofa legs a bit.
Like most older sofas and chairs, the cushion filling compresses overtime and no longer fills out the cover. Beth is working on refreshing her back cushions with help from my DIY instructions I posted here.
Suzanne sent me her barely used white slipcover to copy. She wanted a washable, durable fabric in a neutral color that would do a better job at hiding pet hair and dirt.
I steered her towards Burlap Brown yarn dyed denim and suggested using the wrong side. What!?
This yarn dyed denim is woven with two colors, brown and natural. The right side has a solid brown appearance, which was too dark for Suzanne’s project. But the wrong side has a completely different look. It’s a melange of the two colors, a soft neutral shade with a heather-like effect. Exactly what the project called for.
When Suzanne received her slipcover copy she emailed to say, “It’s perfect! Beautiful! We both LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! The quality is excellent and I couldn’t be happier with the entire thing.”
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.