Category Archives: slipcover fabrics

Slipcover Fabric Favorite: Stone Washed Canvas

Canvas Fabric Options for SlipcoversCanvas made from 100% cotton, other natural fiber and cotton blends makes a casual, versatile slipcover.  In my free Ebook, All About Canvas for Slipcovers, I feature many different types with useful facts and tips for picking the best one for your project.

Grey Stonewashed Canvas or SlipcoversOne of my new favorites is Vintage Stone Washed Canvas in color Grey Stone, a cotton poly blend with a subtle distressed finish.

Stone wash gives this thick, durable fabric a soft, broken-in feel. Very comfy! The little bit of polyester content minimizes wrinkle.

For best results, preshrink this canvas to work out residual shrinkage. Washing & drying the yardage will also enhance the softness.

Favorite White and Natural Canvas for Slipcovers

Summer Slipcovers in Natural Canvas

A simple cotton canvas, also known as duck cloth, makes a great looking and comfy slipcover without spending a fortune on fabric.

Go with white or natural and you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck. Canvas in these soft neutral shades are versatile and have year round appeal.  The look is relaxed and casual. Choose 12 oz. or 14 oz. weight for best coverage and durability.

Here are two of my favorite canvas fabrics:

White 12 oz. cotton canvas I like the clean bright white color and cotton-y hand-feel. It softens up with wash. Very good coverage over most upholstery colors.

Natural #12 weight cotton duck Don’t confuse this #12 weight with a 12 oz. I prefer the #12 weight because it’s woven with 2-ply yarns (instead of single yarns) making it smoother, less grainy and more durable than regular 12 oz. natural canvas. It’s sooooo much nicer than a canvas drop cloth!

Be sure to pre-shrink these canvas fabrics before you make your slipcover. Here’s how I do it to reduce wrinkles.

Learn more about choosing the right canvas in my free e-book, All About Canvas & Duck for Slipcovers.

Loveseat Slipcover in Pale Khaki Denim

Upholstered-Loveseat-with-Bench-Cushion

A khaki slipcover? No way. Too yellow, too tan, too drab.  Then I found this khaki bull denim at Big Duck and it’s now one of my favorite neutrals for slipcovers.

It’s the soft, pale shade with a subtle gray-green cast that gives this khaki a fresh, updated look. I love it how it brightened up my customer’s space.

Custom Loveseat Slipcover in Khaki Denim

This khaki 12 oz. cotton bull denim is durable, washable and super versatile. Mix it with reds, blues, sage, white or charcoal.

Even though it is labeled “pre-shrunk” it still has some shrinkage so be sure to wash & dry your yardage before you make your slipcover. You will love the look and hand-feel even more after it’s laundered.

Favorite Natural, Neutral Slipcover Fabrics

BIg Duck Canvas Neutrals

Washable cotton fabrics in soft neutral shades are made for slipcovers. Versatile and easy to live with year round.  Go with one neutral color for all of your slipcovers or mix it up with a combination of white, natural, khaki and grey.

Here are some of my favorite neutral cottons I’m working with this summer — from left to right:

  • Awning stripe canvas called Bridgewater. This wide scale stripe is a classic beauty.
  • 12 oz. Khaki Bull Denim. Love this new pale shade of Khaki.
  • 12. oz Natural Bull Denim.  My goes-with-everything fabric.
  • 10 oz. Natural Pebble Cloth. Subtle texture, softly brushed canvas — a nice contrast to denims and plain weaves.
  • 12 oz. White Bull Denim. The perfect shade of white with excellent coverage.

3 Steps for Choosing the Best Slipcover Fabric

How To Choose Slipcover Fabric

Denim, canvas and linen fabrics are ideal for making casual, washable slipcovers when you choose the right weight, hand-feel and coverage.

The same holds true for cotton matelassé, hemp herringbone, polyester velvet and many other types of home decor fabric.

With so many different fabrics to consider, how do you choose the best one for YOUR slipcover project?

Here is my 3-step process for narrowing down fabric options and picking a winner.

1. Choose a look & feel you love.

Do you want your slipcover to look everyday casual like Pottery Barn? Relaxed crumpled like Shabby Chic? Contemporary sleek like Bemz Urban Living? Or, fancy upholstered-like such as Ethan Allen?

How do you want the fabric to feel? Regular soft, brushed super soft, smooth & slick, plush, or textured?

2. Determine the right weight & durability.

Make sure the fabric you love for it’s look and feel also holds up well to wash and wear. Tightly woven, stable and supple fabrics work best for washable slipcovers.

Make sure to match the fabric weight to the function of your slipcover:

  • Occasional use and wash, mostly decorative = light to medium weight fabric.
  • Daily use, moderate traffic, occasional wash = medium to heavy weight fabric.
  • Daily use, heavy traffic, kid & pet friendly, frequent wash = heavy weight fabric.

3. Do a wash test.

Buy a yard of each fabric you like, do a wash & dry test and throw the samples over your furniture.  You will instantly know which fabric is best for your project. Why?

Because a laundered yard of fabric reveals a great deal about how it will look, feel, cover, wash and wear in a slipcover.

A wash test allows you to:

  • Discover how the color looks in your space.
  • See how much the fabric wrinkles and how much it shrinks.
  • Check the coverage on your upholstery.
  • Feel the after-washed hand.
  • Find out if the fabric pills, crocks, puckers or fades.

Even today, after many years of sourcing and working with textiles, I still use this 3-step process to figure out if a fabric is slipcover worthy. It works!

Want to learn more about choosing the right denim or canvas? Check out my free fabric e-books About Canvas for Slipcovers and All About Denim for Slipcovers.