Category Archives: linen

Slipcover Fabric Favorite: Oatmeal Linen Cotton

Linen Cotton Chair Slipcover

Many of you have asked for an oatmeal linen cotton that’s slipcover worthy. Good news! I found one I think you’re going to love. It’s called LATIN and it’s a beauty!

When I first sampled this fabric from InstaLinen I was immediately drawn to the simple rustic texture and two-tone natural color. Think hemp grain sacks and homespun linen sheets. I especially like the look & feel of this cloth for making cottage and farmhouse style slipcovers.

Oatmeal Linen Cotton Slipcover

Washable and tightly woven, this 12 oz linen cotton blend is a good choice for casual slipcovers that get moderate use.  Here’s what you can expect:

  • High shrinkage during pre-shrink (5″ on a one yard length and 3″ on the width).
  • Grainy, soft crumpled texture after wash. Be sure to follow my wash instructions to avoid deep set wrinkles.
  • Subtle stretch up the roll (on the straight of grain).
  • Easy to sew on a home sewing machine.
  • Versatile design appeal. Will make up nicely in any style of slipcover.

Oatmeal Linen Cotton Armchair Slipcover

Linen Slipcover Copy for Cisco Sofa

Sofa Slipcover Copy in Natural Linen

Natural Heavyweight Linen for SlipcoversA quality heavy weight linen makes a beautiful and long wearing slipcover. One of my favorites is Manchester Natural Brown.

This linen has a European look & feel that never goes out of style. I especially like the authentic flax color, a warm neutral that works with everything.

Manchester Linen is thick and weighty. It’s best suited for classic, washable slipcovers that have simple details — an ideal choice for my customer’s pair of Cisco sofas.

Easy To Make Washed Linen Slipcover

Off White Linen Chair Slipcover

I recently got hooked on 12 oz. Brazil linen while making a very detailed, traditional sofa slipcover for a customer.

As I was working with this beautiful linen I wondered how it would look in a very simple, easy to make slipcover.  Something with a loose fit and no details at all.  I put it to the test and love the results!  Here are a few tips for making your own:

Loose Fit Linen Chair Slipcover

1.  Use a heavy weight linen for best results. For my chair slipcover, I used 12 oz. Brazil Linen in color Off-White from InstaLinen.  Read my review on my Fabric page.

2.  Pre-shrink your yardage. The natural beauty of Brazil linen comes through after it’s washed and dried. It takes on a soft crumple and floppy drape. No hard wrinkles, no pressing necessary. Here’s how I pre-shrink slipcover yardage.

3.  Pin a loose fit.  I loosely pinned muslin on one half of my chair to create a pattern and then cut it out in the linen.  Learn the half pattern method from Paul A. Carter’s videos.

4.  Forget about the details. No need to add welt cord, ties and zipper openings. A slipcover void of detail puts the focus on the lovely linen.

I stitched my simple slipcover on my home sewing machine using a no. 12 size needle.  Linen ravels so be sure to overlock or zigzag the seams.

Favorite White Linen for Sofa Slipcovers

Linen Slipcover Copy for Quatrine SofaGood news! I finally found a good quality white linen for slipcovers. It’s called Brazil, a heavy weight 100% linen from Insta Linen. I absolutely love it!

It worked up beautifully in slipcover copies I made for Shelley’s Quatrine sofas.  I used her old, worn slipcovers as templates and tweaked the tailored fit to be relaxed and inviting.

After washed, this linen takes on a casual look, floppy drape and softly crumpled texture. No hard wrinkles at all.  Read more about why Brazil is a favorite.

White Linen Sofa Slipcover Copy

Sectional Slipcover in Rustic Linen Cotton

Gray Line Linen and Cotton Slipcover for Sectional

Upholstery Linen and Cotton in Color Oatmeal from Gray Line LinenIf you like the idea of a relaxed linen slipcover but don’t want a lot of wrinkle this linen and cotton fabric is a good alternative.

It’s a thick yet supple cloth featuring a tiny box texture that shows off both the un-dyed flax and natural cotton color.  Slubs and nubs are part of its charm. The look is more rustic than refined — think casual farmhouse style. 

Here’s what you can expect when working with this Upholstery Linen in color Oatmeal from Gray Line Linen:

  • High shrinkage. It shrinks 5″ on a one yard length and 3″ on the width. Pre-shrink your yardage in jumbo size washers and driers before you make your slipcover and you’re good to go.
  • Heavy weight.  Sewing multiple layers will require an industrial machine. For projects with simple seams and few layers this fabric will feed through a home sewing machine just fine.
  • Slight give. Fabric eases out a bit when sewing and probably will to the same with wear. Start with a snug slipcover fit and control the give as you sew for best results.