What are the best slipcover fabrics?

I recommend medium to heavy weight fabrics that are durable, washable and have long lasting design appeal.  Learn how I choose the best fabric.

Below are some of my favorite slipcover fabrics. Retailer links are provided. I use these fabrics often with good results for my client jobs and my own projects. I’ve tested each one for shrinkage, coverage and durability.

NOTE:  fabric quality, color, price and availability change without notice. Always swatch and/or sample before buying your slipcover yardage. Read my fabric review disclosure policy on my About page.


Bull Denim Natural for SlipcoversNatural Bull Denim 12 oz. 

Thick and durable, this U.S.A. made cotton denim is a good basic for casual-chic slipcovers that get moderate to frequent use.  It offers very good coverage. The hand-feel is somewhat stiff but will relax and soften when you pre-shrink it. Shrinkage: Natural 6″ on a one yard length and 3″ on the width.  

See this denim made up in a slipcover: Marilyn’s sofa and Barb’s sofa.

Brushed Dockside Denim WhiteWhite Premium Cotton Bull Denim 12 oz. — Brushed

Bright white, brushed surface and medium weight. A good choice when you want a soft, plush feel.  Overall good coverage but check to make sure your upholstery color doesn’t show through. Shrinkage: 1″ on the 1 yard length and 1″ on the width.


White Denim for SlipcoversHeavy White Denim 14 oz. 

A good choice when you want a bright white denim for slipcovers that get frequent use. This cotton denim is durable, very densely woven and has a crisp hand-feel. It softens up a bit when you pre-shrink it. Shrinkage: 3″ on a one yard length, 1″ on the width. 



Slipcover Canvas Stone Washed Grey

Stone Washed Cotton/Poly Canvas 12 oz. , color Grey Stone

I love the faded vintage look of this stone washed canvas.  It’s thick and durable with a soft, broken-in hand-feel and drape. Great for slipcovers that get a lot use. Made from cotton and polyester, which means it wrinkles and shrinks less than 100% cotton canvas.


Big Duck Canvas 10 oz Natural

Cotton Duck (Canvas) 10 oz.  — Natural and Colors

This is an economical duck cloth (canvas) that makes a casual slipcover of medium-weight. The hand-feel softens after it’s washed and takes on a relaxed, broken-in look. Expect high wrinkle on the natural and low to moderate wrinkle on colors depending on how you wash/dry it.  Shrinkage: Natural 4″ on a one yard length, 2″ on the width. White and colors shrink 3″ on a one yard length, 1″ on the width and .

See this canvas in color Burnt Scarlet made up in a slipcover: Karen’s chair

Big Duck Canvas 12 oz WhiteWhite Cotton Duck (Canvas) 12 oz.

I like this heavyweight duck cloth (canvas) for simple white slipcovers that get a lot of use and frequent washing. It’s a good choice when lighter-weight white fabrics are not dense enough to cover dark colored upholstery. Shrinkage: White 3″ on a one yard length, 2″ on the width.

See this white canvas made up in a slipcover: Pam’s chaise

Heavy Weight Natural Canvas for Slipcovers

Cotton Duck #12 weight –  Natural

A heavy duty canvas made with 2-ply yarns in the fill (width of fabric). It’s denser, thicker and more durable than 10 oz and 12 oz canvas. Designed for tents, awnings, tote bags, etc. but I found it works great for slipcovers. I love the casual, relaxed look after washed….wrinkles and all. Shrinkage: 4″ on a one yard length, 2″ on the width.

See this canvas made up in a slipcover: Kitty’s sectional and Sharon’s sofa.

Carr Go Canvas NaturalCarr-Go Cotton Canvas 8 oz. — Natural and Colors

A good canvas for light weight slipcovers that get moderate use and few washes. It’s tightly woven with finer yarns than a utility canvas so the texture is a bit more refined. Hand-feel is peach skin soft. Overall good coverage but check white and natural to make sure your upholstery color doesn’t show through. Some colors fade in direct sunlight. Shrinkage: 1.5″ on a one yard length and 1/2″ on the width.

See Carr-Go Canvas made up in slipcovers: Sherry’s sofa and Bonnie’s chairs

Hemp Traders Hemp CanvasHemp Canvas 11 oz., Natural  

A hard-wearing 100% hemp canvas with linen-like texture and a more upscale look than cotton canvas. It’s weighty but not stiff and offers very good coverage. Softens nicely with wash and wear. The look is relaxed like washed linen. NOTE: The natural color varies dramatically from lot to lot so be sure to swatch it before you buy yardage.  Shrinks 3″ on a one yard length, 1″ on the width.


Insta Linen Brazil WhiteBrazil Linen 12 oz.  White and Off-White

I’ve looked high and low for a 100% linen like this! After washed, Brazil takes on a lovely casual look, floppy drape and softly crumpled texture. I like the 12 oz. weight. It feels substantial without being stiff or coarse. Works well for both tailored and loose fit slipcovers.Very nice quality. Expect good coverage over most upholstery fabrics and colors. Shrinkage: 5″ on a one yard length, 4″ on the width.  Also, comes in many other colors!

See this linen made up in a slipcover: Karen’s chair and Shelley’s sofa.

Natural Heavyweight Linen for Slipcovers

Manchester Natural Brown Linen 13.5 oz. 

Go to InstaLinen.com and get a special discount on Manchester Linen when you use this promo code at checkout:  slipcovermaker

This un-dyed, natural brown linen is a beauty! It’s also the most durable 100% linen I’ve found for slipcovers. Heavy weight and tightly woven, this fabric offers excellent coverage and is a good choice for slipcovers that get daily use.

Low wrinkle (more of an overall soft crumple) when you wash and dry the yardage following my fabric pre-shrink instructions.  Shrinkage: 4″ on a one yard length, 3″ on the width.


Matelasse2 copyCotton Diamond Matelasse by Roth & Tompkins

My favorite 100% cotton matelasse in color Natural. Thick, supple, not too stretchy. The classic diamond pattern looks great in so many styles of slipcovers. Launders beautifully. Very little shrinkage but still requires pre-shrinking.

See this matelasse made up in a slipcover: Sherry’s wing back chair and Vanessa’s day bed.


Roth Tompkins Gingham CheckChester Gingham Check by Roth & Tompkins 

I like this beefy cotton gingham check. It’s a classic and the Charcoal & Antique White colorway is a neutral I never grow tired of. Be mindful of the directional (one way) check pattern when cutting your slipcover. Nice texture, a subtle horizontal rib. Offered in many other colors. Shrinkage: 6″ on a one yard length, 2″ on the width.

See how this gingham check looks in a Cynthia’s slipcover and Annette’s chair.

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