Worn 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.
For 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.
Hello everyone! I’m kicking-off the new year with this fun slipcover makeover. It’s mod, happy and chic all rolled into one!
Nancy wanted to update her 12 year old pair of Arhaus chairs with an entirely new look. Her love for artful design drew her to this whimsical squiggle pattern by Richloom.
This fabric didn’t require matching, which is a plus when making slipcovers that have a lot of curved seams. I outlined the silhouette with black twill welt and banded the bottom. Transformation accomplished!
Combining slipcovered furniture of different styles in one room works great when the fabric mix is spot on. For Barb’s armchair slipcovers, she chose a buffalo check and simple stripe both in khaki and white cotton-poly canvas. These classic patterns in neutral colors unify the chairs and brighten her space.
Fabric: Naples Shade Buffalo Check and Sanibel Shade Stripe
Judy’s buffalo check slipcover and wing back chair are a match made in home decor heaven!
Bold, versatile and timeless, this classic combo is a keeper no matter the season or trend. As Judy put it, “It’s exactly what this (living) room needed. It pulls everything together.”
Fabric: Lyme Buffalo Check in color Black/Natural from Roth & Thompkins. A washable, medium weight cotton that works well for slipcovers that get moderate use.
For more buffalo check slipcover inspiration check out this English rolled arm chair in Black/White.
Don’t you love the graceful contour of this traditional high-back wing chair? It features all kinds of curvy details: flared wings, arched top, rounded tight back and scrolled arms, just to name a few.
When I created this canvas slipcover for Laura’s wingback I made sure to draw attention to the wonderful curves with simple lines and a tailored fit.
Smoothing the fabric over the rounded areas as much as possible was key. Since fabric doesn’t naturally fold neatly over curves I had to drape & shape it using a few of my favorite pin-fit techniques:
1. Insert a yoke on the arched top at inner back. To avoid gathers at the seam that joins the inner back to the back, I pin-fit a flat panel (2.5″ wide) over the arch. This does away with excess fabric that would otherwise need to be gathered in the seam.
2. Shape curved darts over the seat. Pinning a 4″ curved dart at both sides of the seat (where the seat rounds to meet the front arms) worked like charm to smooth fabric.
3. Fold soft tucks on the wings. Instead of creating gathers (too messy) or darts (too pointy) I folded the excess fabric around the curved wings with 3 soft tucks. Keeping the placement equal between the tucks makes this treatment look intentional and neat.
Fabric for this project: #12 weight cotton duck color natural from Big Duck Canvas. Read my review for this cloth on my FABRICS page and be sure to follow my pre-shrink instructions.