This vintage settee makeover was inspired by the rich textured look of Matelasse fabric. Instead of spending a fortune on the real stuff my customer found quilted king and twin size coverlets for a steal. They worked great for her custom covers.
Padded and quilted, that’s exactly what we needed to cover the worn upholstery and random lumps from old springs. I also attached a cushy layer of batting for extra loft and comfort. And, of course, there is the animal print piping!
Patio chair slipcovers in #12 weight natural duck cloth.
My friends, Dave and Linda, sent me this photo of the canvas slipcovers I recently made for their poolside patio chairs. Poolside in December? Obviously they don’t live here in cold, snowy Michigan!
Once in awhile I make slipcovers for customers outside of my area. I don’t do it often because the pattern method I use requires me to have access to the furniture. But since the cushions were a simple rectangle box style and Dave was able to take accurate measurements from his existing covers I could easily do the project long distance.
Although this fabric does not have a water, mold, stain or fade resistant coating, it’s still a good choice for outdoor use. That is if you live in warm, dry Phoenix like Dave and Linda. Lucky them 🙂 The thick #12 weight is woven super dense and is made with 2-ply yarns. It naturally resists a certain amount of moisture and will hold up well to the elements for a long while with proper care.
The heavyweight linen I used for Sally’s sofa slipcover worked just as beautifully for her chair cushions. She found these wonderful caned barrel chairs at a resale shop. A great find! But the old blue velveteen covers had to go.
Covering the curved, tufted back cushion with a single layer of fabric resulted in ripples across the front. So, I created a padded front with channel stitching to fill in the concave shape a bit, which helped the fabric follow the curve. Then, I added covered buttons to give the illusion of tufting.
This is only part one of the makeover for these chairs. Sally is thinking of painting them in color Old White using Annie Sloan chalk paint. I like that!