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About slipcovermaker

I'm Karen, The Slipcover Maker. I make custom slipcovers inspired by casual, comfy living spaces and natural fabrics.

Slipcover Linen: A Pretty Alternative to Classic Grey

InstaLinen Slate Blue Chair Slipcover

Today I added a gorgeous new color to my list of favorites from Insta Linen’s Brazil Linen collection. It’s color Blue 5.

This grayish-blue shade is a soft slate color that can easily be used as a versatile neutral. It’s a very pretty alternative to classic grey.

I love how Blue 5 works with my customer’s hardwood floors, white walls and beige home furnishings!

Brazil Linen looks best when it’s pre-washed and styled in a relaxed, tailored slipcover. A softy crumpled texture and casual vibe are part of it’s charm and natural beauty.

For more linen slipcover inspiration, check out this pair of Quatrine slipcover copies in Brazil White and a simple cover for a wingback chair in Brazil Off White.

 

InstaLinen Brazil Blue 5 Linen Chair Slipcover

Summer Living with Indigo Denim Slipcovers

Classic Indigo Denim Love Seat Slipcover

Heavy weight indigo denim makes the best slipcovers for the cottage. It’s one of those fabrics you just don’t have to fuss over.

A couple of years ago I used 14 oz. yarn dyed indigo denim to make these sofa and love seat slipcovers for Ellen’s cute lakeside cottage in Clarklake, MI. I recently visited her there and was impressed at how well the fabric has held up to daily life on the lake.

These family-friendly denim slipcovers are tough and washable. Bring on the damp bathing suits and sandy feet!

Slipcover Design: 5 Tips for Creating a Look You Love

One chair, four slipcovers. It’s amazing how each slipcover gives the same chair a completely different personality!

The wingback chair featured in these photos is mine. It’s worn & loved and, yes, it has 4 (or more) slipcovers. Years ago, I did a pin fitting on it and created a reusable slipcover pattern. Now, whenever I get the urge to update my decor, I pull out my pattern and tweak the details to design an entirely new look for my old chair.

Fabric choice and style details make all the difference in how your slipcover will look, fit and function. Here are 5 tips to help you design a slipcover you will absolutely love:

1. Enhance your furniture’s best features. Design your slipcover to show off one or more of the unique design elements on your chair or sofa such as arms, legs, arches, wings, etc.

2. Choose a slipcover fit that matches your personal style. Is your style loose and shabby chic?  Snug contemporary?  Or, relaxed and tailored?

3. Decide on slipcover details before you buy fabric. Consider skirt style – short, long, pleated, tailored or no skirt.  Think about seam finish such as top stitch or welt cord — self matching or contrast. Is your fabric a print that requires matching? Be sure to account for these details in your yardage calculation to avoid coming up short

4. Pick a timeless fabric and color for long lasting design appeal. Classic fabrics such as denim, canvas, twill, ticking, linen and matelassé in slipcover weights (10 to 14 oz.) will add longevity to your slipcover. Neutral colors offer the most flexibility when it comes to decorating.

5. Match your slipcover function to the fabric. When choosing fabric consider how you will use your slipcover. If your slipcover will get heavy traffic and require frequent washing go with a durable, heavy weight fabric. If you want your slipcover to be pet and/or kid friendly avoid brushed fabrics (pet hair magnet) and textures that snag easily. And, for occasional use slipcovers that are mostly decorative a medium weight fabric, solid or novelty, will work fine.

Custom Slipcover for Pottery Barn Brooks Chair

Custom Slipcover for Pottery Barn Brooks Chair

Elise’s pair of Pottery Barn Brooks Chairs were used more by her dogs than her and her husband. “No more!,” she wrote, “we’re taking them back for ourselves!”

Right on, Elise!

I received her original slipcover to copy in a cotton print, Ikat Spots. It’s a home decor fabric of medium weight with a directional pattern that required matching. I’m not sure how it washes. This slipcover was made to dry clean only.

The Brooks is a slipper chair design with an attached seat cushion. The fitted cover pulls on (no zipper or Velcro closure) and has a flap style skirt. I kept the slipcover copy simple like the original with only one row of welt cord and minimal top stitching to finish the seams and hem.

Sofa Slipcover Makeover from Bold Print to Solid White

Sofa Slipcover Copy in White Denim

When it comes to slipcover fabrics are you drawn to prints or do you prefer a solid color?

I like both but more often than not I choose a neutral solid. It acts as a blank canvas and makes my slipcover super versatile. I think of a neutral color as quite, soothing and easy to live with.

By contrast, a fabric print comes with its own unique personality. It gives a slipcovered sofa or chair a distinctive style, which could be the perfect focal piece for your space or just a fun accent.

Either way, the beauty of a slipcover is you can enjoy a fabric print for as long as you like and then swap it out for a solid….or the other way around.

For this slipcover copy my customer, Maura, sent me her bold abstract print slipcover to copy in a creamy white denim. You can see how going from a print to a solid completely changes the look and mood of her sofa and living space.