I’m currently working with a few customers on choosing just the right Khaki for their slipcover projects. As I evaluate dozens of swatches I realize the range of Khaki hues are more diverse than ever before: pale nudes, rich camel, classic chino and many more.
Given Khaki’s popularity, it’s fairly easy to find a shade that works with most interiors. But finding the right color in a washable, medium to heavy weight slipcover fabric is a bit tricky.
To avoid a dull looking Khaki slipcover, stay away from flat fabrics such as canvas or plain weaves. Instead go with a 12 to 14 oz. cotton denim or twill. Here are 6 Khaki denim options worth exploring:
Pottery Barn Cotton Twill in colors Parchment or Walnut, 12 oz.
Topsider Camel Brown 100% Cotton Bull Denim, 11.5 oz.
Washed Khaki Upholstery Denim (yarn dyed), 14 oz.
Wheat Bull Denim 100% Cotton, 12 oz.
Pebble Bull Denim is a new Khaki color arriving soon at Big Duck! Contact them for details.
Khaki Bull Denim 100% Cotton, 12 oz.
Quality, weight, wrinkle and hand-feel differ widely from one denim to the next. Colors shown on screen are rarely accurate. Be sure to get a swatch or buy one yard for review before you commit to yardage.
A custom-made slipcover for a large boxy sofa, like Andrea’s Pottery Barn piece, looks and functions best in a supple heavyweight fabric. It covers and defines the squared arms and other angular features better than a lighter weight fabric that is too limp or clingy.
For this project I used cotton-poly canvas in Charcoal. Besides being durable and washable this cloth has the same contemporary vibe as the sofa design. I love it when function, fit and fabric are in sync!
Don’t you love the graceful contour of this traditional high-back wing chair? It features all kinds of curvy details: flared wings, arched top, rounded tight back and scrolled arms, just to name a few.
When I created this canvas slipcover for Laura’s wingback I made sure to draw attention to the wonderful curves with simple lines and a tailored fit.
Smoothing the fabric over the rounded areas as much as possible was key. Since fabric doesn’t naturally fold neatly over curves I had to drape & shape it using a few of my favorite pin-fit techniques:
1. Insert a yoke on the arched top at inner back. To avoid gathers at the seam that joins the inner back to the back, I pin-fit a flat panel (2.5″ wide) over the arch. This does away with excess fabric that would otherwise need to be gathered in the seam.
2. Shape curved darts over the seat. Pinning a 4″ curved dart at both sides of the seat (where the seat rounds to meet the front arms) worked like charm to smooth fabric.
3. Fold soft tucks on the wings. Instead of creating gathers (too messy) or darts (too pointy) I folded the excess fabric around the curved wings with 3 soft tucks. Keeping the placement equal between the tucks makes this treatment look intentional and neat.
Fabric for this project: #12 weight cotton duck color natural from Big Duck Canvas. Read my review for this cloth on my FABRICS page and be sure to follow my pre-shrink instructions.
A simple slipcover in a neutral color. Sound boring? Not at all! Especially when you choose a fabric and seam detail that are unexpected.
For example, the fabric vision for this slipcover was grey cotton canvas. I could have easily gone with this basic solid grey 10 oz. canvas.
Instead, I chose a 12 oz. yarn-dyed canvas: black and natural yarns woven together to create a two-tone grey color effect. The yarn-dyed color has more depth and interest than a solid grey. It has the look of chambray. Love!
For the seam finish, welt cord was the standard choice. Well, it was until I started playing around with a French flange (flat welt). I’m so glad I did! The pretty 1/2″ flange with little pleats placed around the corners soften the chair’s boxy appearance.
Imagine making a slipcover (or having one custom made) and then the first time you wash it you can’t get it on your furniture because it shrunk. WHAT!!?
Yep, it’s a common scenario. And, once your slipcover shrinks there’s nothing you can do to restore the original fit. That’s why if you want a washable slipcover that will maintain its fit, you must preshrink your slipcover yardage before you start your project.
Even fabrics labeled “laundered” or “preshrunk” will shrink. It’s misleading, I know. Those labels only mean the yardage has undergone a finishing treatment that softened the hand-feel and drape. During that process, a tiny bit of shrinkage is removed but not enough to keep your slipcover from shrinking up so much you can’t use it.
To minimize shrinkage in 100% natural fiber fabrics and blends I recommend preshrinking your yardage by washing and drying it on hot. Read on to find out how I do it. Continue reading