I copy a lot of old slipcovers. They come to me thread bare, stained, shrunk and stretched. That’s the norm for a worn & loved slipcover.
Most well-used covers are in such bad shape they are ready to be thrown out. For that reason, I’m never hesitant about cutting them apart to use as a template.
But this project was different. My customer, Nicholas, sent me his brand new a Pottery Barn Comfort Rolled Armchair slipcover to duplicate. Yes, brand new! It was was perfect in every way. Well, almost perfect. Continue reading
Ready-made replacement slipcovers, if you can find them, are usually limited to a few solid colors in canvas or denim. That’s not so bad unless your vision is all about pattern, texture and color.
One of best things about having replacement slipcovers custom-made is you can get the look and feel you’ve been dreaming about. That’s what my Leland, MI customer did. She sent me several slipcovers to copy and chose a cottage-y fabric mix of striped canvas, floral print and washed linen. Here are a few of the finished pieces and what she had to say about her new covers:
“I set out to find slipcovers for furniture I felt wasn’t ready to be replaced. I discovered The Slipcover Maker website, and I’m so glad I did!! Karen not only walked me through selecting fabric she went above and beyond when I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. The process was easy, fast, and the covers turned out better than I could have ever expected!! I have recommended Karen’s service to no less than ten people already! The product is perfect and the service was even better!! You are the best!! Thank you!”
To see some of the before photos from this project visit my Replacement Slipcover board on Pinterest.
It doesn’t take much to completely change the look of your favorite slipcovered armchair. A fabric update and a skirt redesign usually does the trick.
This project was a slipcover replacement for my customer Ali in Washington, DC. She sent me her original floral slipcover to be copied in #12 weight natural cotton canvas.
Her vision for her new cover? A classic look, versatile, durable and washable. That was easy to achieve with #12 weight canvas because it delivers all of that and then some.
Compared to regular 12 oz canvas, the #12 weight is tougher, smoother, stronger and less grainy. That’s because it’s made with 2-ply yarns and tightly woven. Designed for tents and tarps, this utility canvas also makes the best washable, long wearing slipcovers. You will love the price, too!
Be sure to follow my preshrink instructions to minimize wrinkles.
Catherine’s old slipcover was cat scratched, stained, shrunk-up and stretched out. At first glance you might think how in the world can her cover be copied with good results.
Well, in spite of its worn out condition, Catherine’s slipcover turned out to be a straightforward pattern to replicate. Here’s why:
- Overall good fit. The slipcover frame (the body) fit relatively well. It only needed minor fit adjustments — a few simple fixes to restore the original shape such as adding ease, squaring up corners and raising the slouchy skirt.
- Cushion covers intact. The overall shape and fit of the back and seat cushion covers could be copied as-is. No additional pattern drafting or guesswork needed.
- New slipcover fabric similar to original. Slipcover fit translates best when the fabric for the new slipcover is the same or similar weave and weight as the original. Catherine’s old cover was made with a sturdy cotton denim. For her slipcover copy I used this durable, washable 12 oz cotton bull denim in color Soft Cream from Big Duck Canvas.
See more slipcover copies I’ve created and learn what else to consider when it’s time to have your old slipcover copied.