Imagine making a slipcover (or having one custom made) and then the first time you wash it you can’t get it on your furniture because it shrunk. WHAT!!?
Yep, it’s a common scenario. And, once your slipcover shrinks there’s nothing you can do to restore the original fit. That’s why if you want a washable slipcover that will maintain its fit, you must preshrink your slipcover yardage before you start your project.
Even fabrics labeled “laundered” or “preshrunk” will shrink. It’s misleading, I know. Those labels only mean the yardage has undergone a finishing treatment that softened the hand-feel and drape. During that process, a tiny bit of shrinkage is removed but not enough to keep your slipcover from shrinking up so much you can’t use it.
To minimize shrinkage in 100% natural fiber fabrics and blends I recommend preshrinking your yardage by washing and drying it on hot. Read on to find out how I do it. Continue reading →
I install a slipcover. My customer throws a blanket over it. This is a common scenario with families who have kids and dogs.
Even though the slipcovers I make are protective and washable, many customers still reach for an extra layer of cover. I get it — a blanket or sheet goes on and off quicker than a zippered cushion cover and can be washed as often as you like. But it’s a bummer the lovely new slipcover disappears under all of that!
So, I came up with the idea for a cushion sleeve — a protective fabric loop sized to fit seat cushions. Easy to slip on and off. Quick to launder. And, a lot less expensive than having a second set of cushion covers made.
Here’s how to make your own cushion sleeves. Use any medium to heavy weight fabric i.e. self fabric to match your slipcover, a contrast decorative fabric or a super protective fabric that resists moisture and stains.