Liz, from Boston, sent me her old ottoman slipcover to be copied …twice! I made one in a colorful print (Kaffe Fassett Flame Stripe) and another in a classic natural denim.
Like most well-used slipcovers, Liz’s cover was shrunk-up in areas and a little misshapen due to years of wash and wear. But It was still usable as a pattern template. I was able to make a couple of adjustments to ensure the slipcover copies fit like new.
The 12 oz. natural denim Liz chose for one of her slipcovers is thick and weighty. No lining needed.
That wasn’t the case for the Flame Stripe slipcover. The fabric is a home decor cotton sateen, heavier than quilter’s cloth but still a lightweight compared to denim. I gave it a full lining for better drape and wear.
Having a couple of slipcover options for a coffee table style ottoman is not a bad idea. They come in handy for a quick decor change whenever the mood strikes.
Skip the boxing (above): simplify your ottoman slipcover with a sewn down corner pleat skirt. The stitched corners “box” the slipcover without having to sew in an extra piece. I like this slipcover style for prints, stripes and checks — no matching!
Add boxing (below): design your ottoman slipcover with a boxing panel when you want a tailored fit that features multiple pleats. Or, when you want to show off decorative piping.
My customer chose a two-tone cotton and linen basketweave fabric for her pair of wingback chairs and ottoman slipcovers. A great summer look!
Instead of using self fabric for the welt cord, I used natural linen. It reduced bulk and provided a subtle contrast. I also used the linen to create a decorative button detail on the back.
Hidden under the button flap is a zipper. It takes the stress off the buttons and controls the fit across the curved back.
I also gave these washable slipcovers short skirts and soft pleats around the arms and wings — little details that give the furniture a casual, relaxed look.