Tufted olive green velour? Not exactly the look my customer was going for. But she brought home a pair of these vintage chairs anyway. The cute, compact design drew her in. She knew a slipcover would take care of the rest.
She was right! Classic armchair styles like these, no matter their age, make the best slipcover candidates as long as they are in great shape and still feel comfy.
For this project, I used 11 oz hemp canvas in color Natural. This fabric is thick and has a grainy, slubby texture, which was just what I needed to cover the tufting and dark upholstery. I framed the attached back cushion with a simple boxing strip and added a chunky pleated skirt.
You can see more photos of this project on my Pinterest page. And, check out this post to learn more about Hemp French Linen.
I imagine this vintage sofa was the focal point of a formal living room long ago. Check out the tufted back and fancy upholstery.
Now, it sits in my customer’s casual, cozy family room with an entirely updated look thanks to this shabby-chic hemp slipcover.
For this sofa makeover I used 100% hemp in a heavy weight linen weave with a grainy texture. Like linen, this fabric takes on a wonderful floppy feel and soft crumple when laundered. Rustic and gorgeous!
My customer wanted to revive the quilted back detail but with fewer stitch lines. I achieved this by adding batting and lining to the hemp back panel and then stitched through all layers to create 4 padded sections.
I’ve been sewing with hemp canvas, twills and muslin for years. No matter if I make slipcovers, shades, pillows or bedding, I’m always very happy with the comfort and beauty of natural hemp textiles. Read about my favorite hemp fabrics here.
This week is Hemp History Week. There are a lot of exciting changes taking place in the U.S. with regards to making industrial hemp farming legal again. Right now the hemp fabrics I use to make slipcovers and other soft furnishings are mostly produced in China. I look forward to the day when hemp textile manufacturing returns home using American-grown hemp fiber.
Thank you to all of the devoted individuals who are working hard to make this happen. Take a look at this inspiring video: