During my ticking fabric search I found Catalina, a black/grey stripe woven on cotton canvas. I used it for this sleeper sofa slipcover makeover. I love the transformation! Now this piece has the perfect look & feel for my customer’s Lake Michigan get-away home.
The original plaid sofa had 3 attached back cushions. They functioned well but showed some sagging and the look was outdated. So the first thing I did was detach the cushions. Removing the cushions and covering them individually is a much easier way to make a slipcover. It results in a clean, updated fit.
Once I removed the cushions I patched the inner back with a stable, strong cotton twill fabric. I cut the patch to fit the area and folded the edges. I stapled the patch every 2 ” along the edges. This method secured the fabric to the wood frame, which I could feel under the upholstery.
I like how the loose cushions sit more upright now, no more sagging.
To secure the slipcover to the sleeper sofa I used Velcro along the entire length of the inside lower back, inside lower arm and inside front edge. This is a good alternative to making a zippered deck piece (under the cushions).