An old slipcover that has its original fit still in tack is my favorite to copy. It makes the best template — no fit issues. My customer’s silk cover was one of those. The fabric was worn and torn in spots but that didn’t interfere at all with making a good fitting slipcover copy.
My customer found exactly the same drapery weight silk used in the original. How lucky was that!? By using a good template and same fabric, I was able to recreate the fit, look and function (including a full lining) of the old slipcover.
When my customer received his new slip he replied: “Very impressed. Thanks for the beautiful work.” Happy customer, happy me. 🙂
Bold and beautiful! Black and white buffalo check slipcover custom made for a classic English rolled arm chair. I wanted to keep this one 🙂
Fabric: Naples Shade, a heavy weight and durable poly cotton blend. Machine washable even though the label says dry clean only. Very little shrinkage. Excellent coverage. The check is a directional pattern.
Updated May 11, 2017. Get ready for summer with casual, washable white slipcovers. Which white fabrics work the best?
Look for a medium to heavy weight, densely woven cotton or linen fabric that provides good coverage. You don’t want to see through it! Make sure your white fabric is durable and stable so it can be washed over and over again without pilling, shrinking or wearing thin in spots.
Here are five of my favorite white slipcover fabrics:
All fabrics listed above are machine washable and MUST be pre-shrunk before making your slipcover.
Suzanne sent me her barely used white slipcover to copy. She wanted a washable, durable fabric in a neutral color that would do a better job at hiding pet hair and dirt.
I steered her towards Burlap Brown yarn dyed denim and suggested using the wrong side. What!?
This yarn dyed denim is woven with two colors, brown and natural. The right side has a solid brown appearance, which was too dark for Suzanne’s project. But the wrong side has a completely different look. It’s a melange of the two colors, a soft neutral shade with a heather-like effect. Exactly what the project called for.
When Suzanne received her slipcover copy she emailed to say, “It’s perfect! Beautiful! We both LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! The quality is excellent and I couldn’t be happier with the entire thing.”
Cotton canvas with a twist. Now we’re talking!
My customer, Barb, and I are over the moon with this Bayside canvas by Roth Tompkins. It’s a variation on a classic weave perfect for cottage-style decor.
What makes this cloth different from basic cotton canvas? More texture, much softer hand-feel, fewer wrinkles and a wonderful high-low color effect that reminds me of worn denim.
This fabric works best for medium weight slipcovers that get moderate use.
Slipcovered in washed Bayside canvas, Barb’s old Sherrill chair now has the same relaxed look as her Bridgewater stripe wing back slipcovers and natural denim sofa slipcover.