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Well-Made but Worn-Out: Slipcover to The Rescue

Chair Slipcover in Mushroom DenimWorn 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.

Brown Denim Slipcover DetailFor 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.

 

 

Slipcover Linen: A Pretty Alternative to Classic Grey

InstaLinen Slate Blue Chair Slipcover

Today I added a gorgeous new color to my list of favorites from Insta Linen’s Brazil Linen collection. It’s color Blue 5.

This grayish-blue shade is a soft slate color that can easily be used as a versatile neutral. It’s a very pretty alternative to classic grey.

I love how Blue 5 works with my customer’s hardwood floors, white walls and beige home furnishings!

Brazil Linen looks best when it’s pre-washed and styled in a relaxed, tailored slipcover. A softy crumpled texture and casual vibe are part of it’s charm and natural beauty.

For more linen slipcover inspiration, check out this pair of Quatrine slipcover copies in Brazil White and a simple cover for a wingback chair in Brazil Off White.

 

InstaLinen Brazil Blue 5 Linen Chair Slipcover

Sofa Slipcover Copy in Silk

Sofa Slipcover Replacement in Silk

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. 🙂

Back View of Silk Sofa Slipcover

Beautiful Buffalo Check Slipcover

Naples Shade Buffalo Check Slipcover

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.

Black White Buffalo Check Chair Slipcover

Favorite White Fabrics for Slipcovers

White Denim Chaise SlipcoverUpdated April 8, 2018. 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 my favorite white slipcover fabrics:

White Topsider Bull Denim —  Hands down my favorite white denim right now. This 12 oz. cotton denim is tightly woven and stable, which gives it good coverage and a substantial look. The white color is just right, not too bright or too creamy. Shrinkage: 6″ per on yard length and 3″ on the width.

Heavy White Denim Upholstery — A 14 oz. optic white cotton denim that feels more like a 12 oz. No problem! It’s still durable, very densely woven and has a crisp hand-feel. Expect it to soften up a bit when you pre-shrink it. Watch for small random flaws. Shrinkage: 3″ on a one yard length, 1″ on the width.

12 oz Cotton Canvas White — 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.

12 oz. Brazil Linen White —  After washed, Brazil linen takes on a lovely casual look, floppy drape and softly crumpled texture. Just like a good-quality 100% linen should! I like the 12 oz. weight. It feels substantial without being stiff or coarse. Works well for both tailored and loose fit slipcovers. Shrinkage: 5″ on a one yard length, 4″ on the width.

All fabrics listed above are machine washable. Be sure to preshrink your yardage before making your slipcover even if the fabric is labeled “pre-shrunk”. To avoid deep set wrinkles be sure to pre-shrink your yardage per my washing instructions.

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