Worn upholstery isn’t sending this well-made chair to the landfill anytime soon. Carolyn opted for a custom slipcover to keep it in service a while longer. A good idea since this family-favorite piece is still sturdy and comfy.
For this project I used 12 oz. cotton bull denim in color Mushroom from Big Duck Canvas. Denim makes the best casual, washable, put your feet up type of slipcover.
In keeping with the relaxed look & feel of the fabric, I pin fit over the fussy upholstered details at rolled top sides and front arms with simple, flat panels. Instant update!
Tip: be sure to pre-shrink any cotton denim you choose for your slipcover even if it’s labeled “Preshrunk” or “Prewashed”. Follow my instructions for best results.
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. 🙂