Worn & Loved Old Slipcovers Copied in White Denim

White Denim Slipcover for Wing Back Chair

Wendy’s classic wing back looks like a completely new chair in a white denim slipcover. No skirt looks great! Fabric: 12 oz. Cotton Bull Denim White 

White Denim Slipcover Copy Crate and Barrel

A slipcover copy in white denim replaces the stained and torn cover on Marc’s Crate & Barrel chair.  Fabric: 14 oz. Classic Denim Optic White

White Denim French Chair Slipcover

Christine’s shabby-chic style slipcover was worn and cat scratched. A slipcover copy in white denim makes her charming chair look new again. Fabric: 14 oz. Heavy White Denim

Dining Chair Dressed Up in Embroidered Slipcover

Dining room chairs slipcovered in embroidered cotton? That’s right and they are absolutely lovely, one placed at each end of Judy’s dining room table.

For this custom slipcover project I used unbleached muslin with candlewicking, a form of whitework embroidery. Not exactly the type of durable, heavy weight fabric I typically recommend for slipcovers.

If you’re a parent of small kiddos and/or pets you’re probably thinking NO WAY! I agree. However, for Judy’s occasional use, this fabric will function just fine.

I preshrunk the fabric, which relaxed the overall look and feel. I also lined the slipcover to add body.

Judy’s pair of vintage armchairs are the perfect size and style for mixing with her wood dining chairs. Her new slipcovers are the finishing touch to her very pretty dining room.

Vintage Dining Chairs with Embroidered Slipcovers

Slipcover Linen: A Pretty Alternative to Classic Grey

InstaLinen Slate Blue Chair Slipcover

Today I added a gorgeous new color to my list of favorites from Insta Linen’s Brazil Linen collection. It’s color Blue 5.

This grayish-blue shade is a soft slate color that can easily be used as a versatile neutral. It’s a very pretty alternative to classic grey.

I love how Blue 5 works with my customer’s hardwood floors, white walls and beige home furnishings!

Brazil Linen looks best when it’s pre-washed and styled in a relaxed, tailored slipcover. A softy crumpled texture and casual vibe are part of it’s charm and natural beauty.

For more linen slipcover inspiration, check out this pair of Quatrine slipcover copies in Brazil White and a simple cover for a wingback chair in Brazil Off White.

 

InstaLinen Brazil Blue 5 Linen Chair Slipcover

Summer Living with Indigo Denim Slipcovers

Classic Indigo Denim Love Seat Slipcover

Heavy weight indigo denim makes the best slipcovers for the cottage. It’s one of those fabrics you just don’t have to fuss over.

A couple of years ago I used 14 oz. yarn dyed indigo denim to make these sofa and love seat slipcovers for Ellen’s cute lakeside cottage in Clarklake, MI. I recently visited her there and was impressed at how well the fabric has held up to daily life on the lake.

These family-friendly denim slipcovers are tough and washable. Bring on the damp bathing suits and sandy feet!

Slipcover Design: 5 Tips for Creating a Look You Love

One chair, four slipcovers. It’s amazing how each slipcover gives the same chair a completely different personality!

The wingback chair featured in these photos is mine. It’s worn & loved and, yes, it has 4 (or more) slipcovers. Years ago, I did a pin fitting on it and created a reusable slipcover pattern. Now, whenever I get the urge to update my decor, I pull out my pattern and tweak the details to design an entirely new look for my old chair.

Fabric choice and style details make all the difference in how your slipcover will look, fit and function. Here are 5 tips to help you design a slipcover you will absolutely love:

1. Enhance your furniture’s best features. Design your slipcover to show off one or more of the unique design elements on your chair or sofa such as arms, legs, arches, wings, etc.

2. Choose a slipcover fit that matches your personal style. Is your style loose and shabby chic?  Snug contemporary?  Or, relaxed and tailored?

3. Decide on slipcover details before you buy fabric. Consider skirt style – short, long, pleated, tailored or no skirt.  Think about seam finish such as top stitch or welt cord — self matching or contrast. Is your fabric a print that requires matching? Be sure to account for these details in your yardage calculation to avoid coming up short

4. Pick a timeless fabric and color for long lasting design appeal. Classic fabrics such as denim, canvas, twill, ticking, linen and matelassé in slipcover weights (10 to 14 oz.) will add longevity to your slipcover. Neutral colors offer the most flexibility when it comes to decorating.

5. Match your slipcover function to the fabric. When choosing fabric consider how you will use your slipcover. If your slipcover will get heavy traffic and require frequent washing go with a durable, heavy weight fabric. If you want your slipcover to be pet and/or kid friendly avoid brushed fabrics (pet hair magnet) and textures that snag easily. And, for occasional use slipcovers that are mostly decorative a medium weight fabric, solid or novelty, will work fine.