Dog Friendly Denim Slipcover

Pet friendly denim sofa slipcover by Karen Powell

Pet-friendly washed denim sofa slipcover in color Burlap.

dog on sofa before

Esther sitting on HER sofa before slipcover arrives.

When a customer tells me their dogs have taken over their sofa, I recommend denim for their slipcover.  A weighty and supple 12 to 14 ounce denim holds up well to frequent wear and wash.

A good quality bull denim (solid color) works fine for a pet friendly slipcover. However, I’d go with a yarn dyed denim (woven with a color and white) because the two-tone color effect hides dog hair better.

Tip:  be sure to preshrink your denim fabric before making your slipcover even if the fabric label says it’s “prewashed” or has a “laundered finish”.

For this slipcover makeover I had to get creative on patterning the arm.  It has a sway back top and a steep curved edge along the side.  Wrapping the front arm with thick denim to mimic the upholstered pleats would only turn into a big glob of fabric.  So I redefined the front arm shape with welt cord and added a couple of tucks to form the fabric over the curve.

Denim slipcover by Karen Powell

4 thoughts on “Dog Friendly Denim Slipcover

  1. renewlifeenergyBarb

    As a client who has had you make two slipcovers for my “dogs” wingback chairs I agree. The denim we chose looks great and it doesn’t seem to show any ill effects of Toby.
    I need to get you a picture so you can show them and also show off my beautiful little Toby.

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