Jenna’s cute apartment size sofa was ready for an update. She sent me her worn floral slipcover to copy in 12 oz. white denim.
Her new slipcover gave her sofa a much needed style boost and also inspired a little redecorating. She moved the piece from her daughter’s room to a pretty nook in her home office. Love it!
Bold and beautiful! Black and white buffalo check slipcover custom made for a classic English rolled arm chair. I wanted to keep this one 🙂
Fabric: Naples Shade, a heavy weight and durable poly cotton blend. Machine washable even though the label says dry clean only. Very little shrinkage. Excellent coverage. The check is a directional pattern.
I recently got hooked on 12 oz. Brazil linen while making a very detailed, traditional sofa slipcover for a customer.
As I was working with this beautiful linen I wondered how it would look in a very simple, easy to make slipcover. Something with a loose fit and no details at all. I put it to the test and love the results! Here are a few tips for making your own:
1. Use a heavy weight linen for best results. For my chair slipcover, I used 12 oz. Brazil Linen in color Off-White from InstaLinen. Read my review on my Fabric page.
2. Pre-shrink your yardage. The natural beauty of Brazil linen comes through after it’s washed and dried. It takes on a soft crumple and floppy drape. No hard wrinkles, no pressing necessary. Here’s how I pre-shrink slipcover yardage.
3. Pin a loose fit. I loosely pinned muslin on one half of my chair to create a pattern and then cut it out in the linen. Learn the half pattern method from Paul A. Carter’s videos.
4. Forget about the details. No need to add welt cord, ties and zipper openings. A slipcover void of detail puts the focus on the lovely linen.
I stitched my simple slipcover on my home sewing machine using a no. 12 size needle. Linen ravels so be sure to overlock or zigzag the seams.
Good news! I finally found a good quality white linen for slipcovers. It’s called Brazil, a heavy weight 100% linen from Insta Linen. I absolutely love it!
It worked up beautifully in slipcover copies I made for Shelley’s Quatrine sofas. I used her old, worn slipcovers as templates and tweaked the tailored fit to be relaxed and inviting.
After washed, this linen takes on a casual look, floppy drape and softly crumpled texture. No hard wrinkles at all. Read more about why Brazil is a favorite.
Are you thinking of updating an old chair for a new space?
My customer did just that with indigo denim slipcovers for her Lake Michigan cottage.
I used a 14 oz. yarn-dyed washed denim. This durable cotton cloth is family and pet friendly and offers smooth coverage over textured upholstery. Great for everyday slipcovers.
To give this slipcover the best fit and function possible I inserted a placket zipper in the back for easy on and off. I also detached the back cushion, added new poly cluster fill and made a removable cover.