The Best Faded, Streaked and Worn Slipcover Fabric

Old Worn Denim Slipcover

Anthea sent me her old denim loveseat cover to duplicate in canvas. Not just any ole canvas. She chose a heavyweight, durable cotton-poly blend with a vintage stonewashed finish.

The results: a wonderfully rustic slipcover for her family cabin in Vermont. It’s going to look right at home next to the big stone fireplace, log walls and wide plank wood floors.

If you’ve never slipcovered with stonewashed canvas you might be wondering what’s so special about this faded and streaked fabric.
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Making Your Own Slipcover? Try These Easy-To-Sew Fabrics

Favorite Easy To Sew FabricsStitching through multiple layers of heavy weight fabric on a home sewing machine can be frustrating if not impossible.

Your machine chokes, thread gets tangled up and the needle breaks….over and over again. The start and stop process is maddening. You’re ready to give up on making your own slipcover.

I know exactly how you feel. Been there done that. But, don’t give up!  Continue reading

3 Slipcover Design Tips for Updating Your Old Sleeper Sofa

Sleeper Sofa Slipcover Ticking

There comes the day in the life of a sleeper sofa when no one — I mean NO one — wants to sleep on it anymore. The mattress is kaput.

Around that time you begin to notice how outdated the upholstery looks.  You wince every time you walk by it. As one customer puts it, “Blech.”

So, you ask yourself should I keep it or get rid of it?

The good news is your well loved pullout couch doesn’t have to go by the wayside just because the mattress is shot and the upholstery is ugly. If you have a classic design that is structurally sound and the cushions still offer good support it can easily be updated with a slipcover and become a great looking, comfortable sofa for everyday use.

Here are 3 design tips for giving your old sleeper sofa a new look and function:

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Grey Denim Fabric: 7 Favorites for Washable Slipcovers

Big Duck Canvas Grey Denim for Slipcovers

Denim swatch images from Big Duck Canvas.

It seems like for the longest time grey slipcovers were considered mostly for industrial decor and boys’ bedrooms.

Grey fabric options for custom covers were limited to stiff, dry clean only canvas and nubby synthetic upholstery. If you shopped for grey denim online not too long ago you probably came up short. I sure did.

Finding a washable, durable denim for slipcovers in a good grey was tricky.

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