Stay focused and keep moving. That’s what I kept saying to myself as I was pin fitting Mary’s lovely sofa in my old, dirty, and dimly lit garage while bugs buzzed around my head and the resident chipmunk darted in and out.
I NEVER pin fit in my garage. But when COVID-19 arrived and delayed my customer’s project weeks on end it was my only option. I had to get Mary’s job done without going into her home.
Ah, yes, my glamorous life as a slipcover maker. Haha!
This slipcover makeover was for a Lee Industries sofa. I used my favorite washable cotton-poly canvas in this grayish brown color (above).
What instantly sets this canvas blend apart from 100% cotton canvas is the subtle two-tone color effect. The polyester fiber takes the dye differently than the cotton. As a result, the tonal color mimics the appearance of a tiny texture.
Mary wanted a tailored look for her new slipcover. So, I added welt cord to the body and cushions, created an upholstered-like fit and Velcro’d the hem to the sofa bottom.
She also had me slipcover an ottoman. She wanted to use the same cotton-poly canvas as her sofa and combine it with this gorgeous floral bark cloth.
Long ago Mary had a sofa covered in this pattern. When she got rid of it she held onto the cushion covers hoping one day she could repurpose the fabric. I deconstructed them and had enough to cover the ottoman top and boxing.
Tip: When combining two different types of fabrics make sure they are the same, or similar, weight and have the same shrinkage rate.
I had some floral scrap leftover to make a couple of lumbar pillow covers (below).
The little geometric pattern you see was the boxing fabric from her original cushion covers. I cut narrow strips to border the floral just on the front.
FYI — you can find inexpensive feather pillow inserts at Ikea. Featured here is the FJADRAR size 16 x 26 .
Once Mary got every thing home, she sent me this photo (below). I always enjoy seeing how she decorates her space with slipcovers. I love her eclectic style. Very pretty!
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