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.
What’s driving home decor color trends for Fall 2016?
Per Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute, it’s “the desire for tranquility, strength and optimism”. That translates to Riverside Blue and Airy Blue. Dusty Cedar, Aurora Red and Spicy Mustard. And, Warm Taupe, too. These shades combined might not look like a typical fall palette but each one works beautifully for cottage-style slipcovers.
Inspired by Pantone’s forecast, I put together my own color boards led by milky blues and faded rosy and rusty reds. Enjoy!
Mary, from Florida, wanted to her pair of club chair slipcovers copied in a casual fabric that would hide dark pet hair. Hunter Green duck cloth was the perfect choice.
If you like the idea of a relaxed linen slipcover but don’t want a lot of wrinkle this linen and cotton fabric is a good alternative.
It’s a thick yet supple cloth featuring a tiny box texture that shows off both the un-dyed flax and natural cotton color. Slubs and nubs are part of its charm. The look is more rustic than refined — think casual farmhouse style.
Here’s what you can expect when working with this Upholstery Linen in color Oatmeal from Gray Line Linen:
- High shrinkage. It shrinks 5″ on a one yard length and 3″ on the width. Pre-shrink your yardage in jumbo size washers and driers before you make your slipcover and you’re good to go.
- Heavy weight. Sewing multiple layers will require an industrial machine. For projects with simple seams and few layers this fabric will feed through a home sewing machine just fine.
- Slight give. Fabric eases out a bit when sewing and probably will to the same with wear. Start with a snug slipcover fit and control the give as you sew for best results.
I love how these awning stripe slipcovers completely changed the look of Barb’s traditional Henredon wing back chairs.
The fabric, Bridgewater by Roth Tompkins, is a thick cotton canvas with a wonderful cottage vibe. The stripe is woven in, not printed. Nice! It marries beautifully with her washed, natural denim sofa slipcover.
Although this fabric is labeled Dry Clean Only, I did a wash test on a one yard sample. Thumbs up! The yardage can be washed and dried with good results.
Barb is in the process of transforming her living space from formal to casual. Instead of buying all new furniture, she is updating each one of her well-made upholstered pieces with a relaxed, family-friendly slipcover. A smart way to decorate especially since her furniture is in excellent condition.