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.
A simple slipcover in a neutral color. Sound boring? Not at all! Especially when you choose a fabric and seam detail that are unexpected.
For example, the fabric vision for this slipcover was grey cotton canvas. I could have easily gone with this basic solid grey 10 oz. canvas.
Instead, I chose a 12 oz. yarn-dyed canvas: black and natural yarns woven together to create a two-tone grey color effect. The yarn-dyed color has more depth and interest than a solid grey. It has the look of chambray. Love!
For the seam finish, welt cord was the standard choice. Well, it was until I started playing around with a French flange (flat welt). I’m so glad I did! The pretty 1/2″ flange with little pleats placed around the corners soften the chair’s boxy appearance.
Judy, one of my local customers here in West Michigan, got new slipcovers today. And, boy do they look fantastic in her family room!
I pin fit her 12 year old classic Flexsteel sofa and oversized chairs with off-white washed linen-cotton. Don’t you love the tiny raised pattern?
Soft, thick and textured, this casual slipcover fabric is a pretty alternative to natural denim and canvas. It also worked like a charm covering the rosewood color upholstery.
Wendy’s classic wing back looks like a completely new chair in a white denim slipcover. No skirt looks great! Fabric: 12 oz. Cotton Bull Denim White
A slipcover copy in white denim replaces the stained and torn cover on Marc’s Crate & Barrel chair. Fabric: 14 oz. Classic Denim Optic White
Christine’s shabby-chic style slipcover was worn and cat scratched. A slipcover copy in white denim makes her charming chair look new again. Fabric: 14 oz. Heavy White Denim
Dining room chairs slipcovered in embroidered cotton? That’s right and they are absolutely lovely, one placed at each end of Judy’s dining room table.
For this custom slipcover project I used unbleached muslin with candlewicking, a form of whitework embroidery. Not exactly the type of durable, heavy weight fabric I typically recommend for slipcovers.
If you’re a parent of small kiddos and/or pets you’re probably thinking NO WAY! I agree. However, for Judy’s occasional use, this fabric will function just fine.
I preshrunk the fabric, which relaxed the overall look and feel. I also lined the slipcover to add body.
Judy’s pair of vintage armchairs are the perfect size and style for mixing with her wood dining chairs. Her new slipcovers are the finishing touch to her very pretty dining room.