Bold and beautiful! Black and white buffalo check slipcover custom made for a classic English rolled arm chair. I wanted to keep this one 🙂
Fabric: Naples Shade, a heavy weight and durable poly cotton blend. Machine washable even though the label says dry clean only. Very little shrinkage. Excellent coverage. The check is a directional pattern.
I recently got hooked on 12 oz. Brazil linen while making a very detailed, traditional sofa slipcover for a customer.
As I was working with this beautiful linen I wondered how it would look in a very simple, easy to make slipcover. Something with a loose fit and no details at all. I put it to the test and love the results! Here are a few tips for making your own:
1. Use a heavy weight linen for best results. For my chair slipcover, I used 12 oz. Brazil Linen in color Off-White from InstaLinen. Read my review on my Fabric page.
2. Pre-shrink your yardage. The natural beauty of Brazil linen comes through after it’s washed and dried. It takes on a soft crumple and floppy drape. No hard wrinkles, no pressing necessary. Here’s how I pre-shrink slipcover yardage.
3. Pin a loose fit. I loosely pinned muslin on one half of my chair to create a pattern and then cut it out in the linen. Learn the half pattern method from Paul A. Carter’s videos.
4. Forget about the details. No need to add welt cord, ties and zipper openings. A slipcover void of detail puts the focus on the lovely linen.
I stitched my simple slipcover on my home sewing machine using a no. 12 size needle. Linen ravels so be sure to overlock or zigzag the seams.
Are you thinking of updating an old chair for a new space?
My customer did just that with indigo denim slipcovers for her Lake Michigan cottage.
I used a 14 oz. yarn-dyed washed denim. This durable cotton cloth is family and pet friendly and offers smooth coverage over textured upholstery. Great for everyday slipcovers.
To give this slipcover the best fit and function possible I inserted a placket zipper in the back for easy on and off. I also detached the back cushion, added new poly cluster fill and made a removable cover.
A awning stripe slipcover made for a big, old comfy chair. This piece is now ready for its new home on Lake Michigan. It’s hard to believe these are the same chairs!
To give the saggy back cushion new life, I detached it and refreshed the stuffing with polyester cluster fill. I also wrapped the seat cushion with poly upholstery batting to plump up the crown.
Fabric: Bridgewater Stripe in color Lake, a beautiful, grainy yarn-dyed cotton canvas by Roth & Tompkins.
How do you make a dark, stately antique chair look charming? With chalk paint and a slipcover, of course. Excellent paint job by my customer. Apron-style slipcover in white chino twill created by yours truly. What a transformation! See more photos here.