Heavy white denim to the rescue once again. It’s one of my favorite slipcover fabrics for covering tattered upholstery. It does a great job at hiding imperfections.
For this project I used a 12 oz. 100% cotton denim from Field’s Fabrics. I gave it a hot wash and dry to work out the shrinkage and beef up the cloth.
To make the heavy denim marry with the dainty design of this old piece I styled the slipcover to have a simple, substantial look & feel. I piped around the front arms, added a tailored skirt, plumped up the cushions with new batting and created one-piece arms. Looking good!
Do you love the look of a matelasse slipcover but don’t want to spend a fortune on the fabric? Instead of buying yardage (it can get pricey) try re-purposing a matelasse bedspread. That’s what my customer and I did for her vintage chaise.
Even though I used about every inch of Pam’s king size bedspread it wasn’t quite enough to cover the entire chaise. I needed a companion fabric for the sides, back, skirt and piping. I chose a 12 oz. white cotton duck from Big Duck Canvas. A nice contrast!
Using a bedspread, coverlet or quilt for a slipcover is a great way to create a unique piece and save money. Here are a few thing to keep in mind for best results:
Map out fabric placement before you start cutting. I wanted the matelasse to be the main focus so I allocated it to the most visible areas: inner back, arms, seat and lower deck. Since I was limited on fabric, I selected only a few key areas for matching the diamond pattern.
Select a companion fabric with a contrast texture. I went with a basic cotton duck because of it’s understated look. It allowed the raised texture of the matelasse to pop.
Combine colors that match or compliment. White-on-white was our color scheme for this project. The matelasse and canvas I used were exactly the same shade of white making the fabric combination look intentional.
Read my review of Big Duck Canvas 12 ounce white cotton duck on my Fabrics page.