Slipcover Maker News: Black & White Style, Pin-Fit Tip, DIY Makeover

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Stylist Angie Wendricks at Country Road Living takes a minimalist approach to styling her country farmhouse in a calming palette of black, grey, white and wood tones.  Inspiring!

Black and White Slipcovers

Slipcovers by Karen Bean used Fritz, a simple stripe in black & white cotton linen, to create this chic cover. I like how she wrapped the stripe around the front cushion instead of breaking up the pattern with welt cord.

Maryal and Chris at Love & Specs share their living room makeover all done up in a fun mix of black & patterns and textures. Their buffalo check chair is fabulous!

Want to go beyond classic stripes and buffalo checks? Try a black & white novelty print like a floral or geometric. A few ideas for medium weight slipcovers are:  (Top) Belmont Metal, (center) Good Vibes Ebony and (bottom) InstaLinen Floral Black White


Linen Cotton for Slipcovers

Look what I found at Tonic Living:  Cleary linen-cotton, a supple heavy weight fabric in a lovely bleached cream color called Twine. Looks perfect for casual, washable slipcovers doesn’t it? Remember, test a yard to make sure it can be washed and dried with good results. Photo from Tonic Living.


Pin Fit Tip for Chair Slipcover

Figuring out exactly where to place the arm seam on an English rolled arm chair can be tricky the first time. To take the guesswork out of it create a guide from string and secure it with straight pins. Then, follow it as you pin your slipcover fabric. Once you get the feel for the placement you’ll be able to pin the seam in just the right spot on future projects without the guide.


I love creating furniture makeovers even when they don’t involve a slipcover. When a friend inherited this old secretary I immediately saw it as a home office with a small foot print and lots of storage.  With a little bit of wall paper and some stylish organization we gave her sentimental piece new purpose.

All for now!

Custom Gingham Slipcovers for Welsey Hall Chair

Slipcover Makeover for Welsey Hall Chair

I had a burst of color and pattern in my workroom last week. My customer’s pair of Welsey Hall armchairs and ottoman came in for a slipcover makeover in a cheery gingham check. Fabric: Roth & Tompkins Chester Gingham, color Sienna/Wheat.

They are going to look so pretty next her family room sofa and chair slipcovers in cream linen cotton that I made last year.

Roth Tompkins Gingham Slipcover Sienna

Charcoal Canvas Slipcover Custom-Fit for Pottery Barn Chair

A custom-ft slipcover in charcoal cotton-poly canvas for my Kalamazoo customer, Andrea. It’s just what her Pottery Barn chair needed to look new again. Farewell old brown slipcover!

Pottery Barn Slipcover Copy in Grey CanvasSlipcover Fabric Cotton Poly Canvas GreyFabric for this project: 12 oz. cotton-poly canvas, color charcoal. Look closely and you will see a subtle two-tone color effect.  Love that!

This durable canvas is made with 11% polyester, which softens the wrinkle and adds strength.  It takes on a wonderful relaxed French Laundered look after it’s washed. It has a more upscale, substantial look than basic cotton canvas.

Great for family-friendly, washable slipcovers that get moderate to heavy traffic.

The Slipcover Maker News: Lovely Pinks, Ticking & Staying Fit

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Laurel Bern’s blog post, How to Work With the Color Pink, shares inspiring interior photos for using pink in unexpected ways. It got me rethinking about pink!

Pink Slipcover Trend Ideas

Slipcovers by Shelley made this beautiful pink floral linen slipcover (lower left). Notice how the faded print gives only a tint of pink to the sofa. Muted, vintage-inspired pinks work well with cream, white, wheat and khaki fabrics — like the wide striped sofa above. (Photo source unknown).

Saturated pinks look fresh and happy in small doses. I tossed my pink patterned pillows (lower right) on a white denim slipcover I just finished. Oooh and aaah!

Kate Forman uses a range of berry and coral pinks in her global/ethnic inspired fabric designs. Scroll through her eclectic collection to see how she styles pink furniture and accessories to create a very cool Boho look.


My blog post about my ongoing hunt for ticking stripe caught Jennie’s attention. She kindly shared a ticking resource she likes: Foreshore Ticking by Revolution Fabrics, a new performance version of an old classic. I haven’t tried it yet but if you live with muddy dogs like Jennie you might appreciate the stain resistant feature.

Revolution Fabrics Performance Ticking


How do you trim a light color cotton slipcover with black welt cord without it bleeding in the wash? Make your bias strips from Trigger fabric, a 65 poly/35 cotton twill. It’s a 6 oz. weight with a cotton hand-feel. Makes a good colorfast trim for denim and canvas.  As always, do your own wash test to make sure it works for your project.

Soft Cream Denim Slipcover with Black Welt Cord


Eccentrics Classical Stretch created by Miranda Esmonde-White. I do one of these 20 minute stretch routines everyday to keep my neck, spine and hips free from stiffness and aches that build up from hours of cutting and sewing. This is smart, easy and feel-good exercise!

All for now!

Well-Made but Worn-Out: Slipcover to The Rescue

Chair Slipcover in Mushroom DenimWorn upholstery isn’t sending this well-made chair to the landfill anytime soon. Carolyn opted for a custom slipcover to keep it in service a while longer. A good idea since this family-favorite piece is still sturdy and comfy.

Brown Denim Slipcover DetailFor this project I used 12 oz. cotton bull denim in color Mushroom from Big Duck Canvas. Denim makes the best casual, washable, put your feet up type of slipcover.

In keeping with the relaxed look & feel of the fabric, I pin fit over the fussy upholstered details at rolled top sides and front arms with simple, flat panels. Instant update!

Tip: be sure to pre-shrink any cotton denim you choose for your slipcover even if it’s labeled “Preshrunk” or “Prewashed”. Follow my instructions for best results.