I copy a lot of old slipcovers. They come to me thread bare, stained, shrunk and stretched. That’s the norm for a worn & loved slipcover.
Most well-used covers are in such bad shape they are ready to be thrown out. For that reason, I’m never hesitant about cutting them apart to use as a template.
But this project was different. My customer, Nicholas, sent me his brand new a Pottery Barn Comfort Rolled Armchair slipcover to duplicate. Yes, brand new! It was was perfect in every way. Well, almost perfect. Continue reading
For Malorie & Mike’s slipcover makeover I updated their pair of Wesley Hall faded velveteen chairs and ottoman using medium weight Covington New Woven Ticking.
Yes, you read that right — a medium weight ticking as in 7 to 8 ounces. Gasp!
If you’ve been following my blog for awhile you know I rarely recommend ticking, or any other fabric, that is lighter in weight than 10 ounces. Why? Most medium weight fabrics lack the coverage and durability that an everyday slipcover requires.
At first I was reluctant to use Covington’s 7.8 oz cotton ticking to cover plush upholstery. It’s not the heavy weight I prefer. I’m still on the search for that. But it worked surprisingly well for my customer’s project because it has four things going for it:
Putting together a harmonious combination of fabric patterns and furnishings comes naturally to artist and painter Mary Bommarito.
So it’s no surprise her new stripe slipcovers look right at home with her cabbage rose rug, botanical print pillows and grain sack-like upholstered pieces.
For this project, I used washed Richloom Fritz Persimmon. This understated stripe in rustic cotton linen is big on texture and rich color. It mixes easily with florals, geometrics, large scale stripes and small checks. Continue reading
Ready-made replacement slipcovers, if you can find them, are usually limited to a few solid colors in canvas or denim. That’s not so bad unless your vision is all about pattern, texture and color.
One of best things about having replacement slipcovers custom-made is you can get the look and feel you’ve been dreaming about. That’s what my Leland, MI customer did. She sent me several slipcovers to copy and chose a cottage-y fabric mix of striped canvas, floral print and washed linen. Here are a few of the finished pieces and what she had to say about her new covers:
“I set out to find slipcovers for furniture I felt wasn’t ready to be replaced. I discovered The Slipcover Maker website, and I’m so glad I did!! Karen not only walked me through selecting fabric she went above and beyond when I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. The process was easy, fast, and the covers turned out better than I could have ever expected!! I have recommended Karen’s service to no less than ten people already! The product is perfect and the service was even better!! You are the best!! Thank you!”
To see some of the before photos from this project visit my Replacement Slipcover board on Pinterest.