It doesn’t take much to completely change the look of your favorite slipcovered armchair. A fabric update and a skirt redesign usually does the trick.
This project was a slipcover replacement for my customer Ali in Washington, DC. She sent me her original floral slipcover to be copied in #12 weight natural cotton canvas.
Her vision for her new cover? A classic look, versatile, durable and washable. That was easy to achieve with #12 weight canvas because it delivers all of that and then some.
Compared to regular 12 oz canvas, the #12 weight is tougher, smoother, stronger and less grainy. That’s because it’s made with 2-ply yarns and tightly woven. Originally designed for tents and tarps but I think it’s the best for natural canvas slipcovers that get a lot of wear and wash. You will love the price, too!
Be sure to follow my preshrink instructions to minimize wrinkles.
A custom-ft slipcover in charcoal cotton-poly canvas for my Kalamazoo customer, Andrea. It’s just what her Pottery Barn chair needed to look new again. Farewell old brown slipcover!
Fabric for this project: 12 oz. cotton-poly canvas, color charcoal. Look closely and you will see a subtle two-tone color effect. Love that!
This durable canvas is made with 11% polyester, which softens the wrinkle and adds strength. It takes on a wonderful relaxed French Laundered look after it’s washed. It has a more upscale, substantial look than basic cotton canvas.
Great for family-friendly, washable slipcovers that get moderate to heavy traffic.
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
A custom-made slipcover for a large boxy sofa, like Andrea’s Pottery Barn piece, looks and functions best in a supple heavyweight fabric. It covers and defines the squared arms and other angular features better than a lighter weight fabric that is too limp or clingy.
For this project I used cotton-poly canvas in Charcoal. Besides being durable and washable this cloth has the same contemporary vibe as the sofa design. I love it when function, fit and fabric are in sync!
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.