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Style Boost for a Canvas Slipcover

If you live with solid color slipcovers you know how practical and versatile they are.  But do you ever get in a decorating rut with them?

Canvas Slipcover by Karen PowellI’ve been feeling that way about my red slipcovered chair, which is tucked into a cozy corner of my home.

I want to give it a new look but I don’t have time right now to sew an entirely new slipcover.  Should I just swap out the accent pillow and be done?  No, not again!!

So, I started playing around with mixing layers of pattern and texture against the solid red canvas.  Using what I had on hand,  I pulled in an old cushion cover, textured blankets, a vintage grain sack and other accents.  I even created a simple cushion sleeve for extra layering. Here’s what I came up with:

Red canvas slipcover with ticking detail.

I have always like the look of farmhouse-style decor.  Above I used a ticking cushion cover from my chair’s previous slipcover.  I combined the stripe seat with a vintage wool plaid blanket and a sweet velvet bird pillow.  Oh, and the handwoven striped rag rug adds yet another layer of texture and richness.  Pretty cozy don’t you think?

Floral cushion wrap by The Slipcover MakerOnce you get started in mixing patterns it’s hard to stop!  In this French country version, I kept the ticking cushion cover and then layered it with a floral linen sleeve.  I made a fabric tube from a Waverly print, pressed it flat and seamed the ends together.  The finished sleeve is the width of the cushion.  Think of it as a fabric loop.  It slides over the cushion and fits snug so it won’t shift around with use.

I love the look of the ticking stripe and floral with the vintage grain sack.  It was long enough to hang over the chair so the inside back is completely covered.  I added even more pattern by layering in the plaid linen pillow cover and a striped quilt.  It looks like a different chair, doesn’t it?

Floral cushion sleeve by The Slipcover Maker

OK, now it’s your turn.  How will you give your slipcover a style boost?


Carr-Go Canvas Summer Colors for Slipcovers

Carr Go Canvas Color Palette

Carr-Go Canvas Summer Hues

Blues, greens, aqua, white and natural. I like these nature inspired hues for causal, summer slipcovers.  The palette shown here is from the Carr-Go Canvas collection. Thanks to the soft, peached surface this mid-weight cotton fabric has a relaxed look without the hard wrinkles of utility canvas.

Water, sky and earthy colors look beautiful together in a living space. I also like each color by itself in a monochromatic scheme. Need some ideas for color combinations? Check out these from design-seeds.com.

Iced Summer color palette by Design Seeds

Succulent Hues color palette by Design Seeds

Color Refresh color palette by Design Seeds

Read my review for Carr-Go Canvas on my Fabrics page.  And, take a look at how this cotton canvas works up in Bonnie’s chair slipcover and Sherry’s sofa slipcover.


Cozy Wool Slipcovers

Wool Slipcover InspirationThere are so many fabric options for making a cozy wool slipcover that looks chic and doesn’t itch.

  • Felt a 100% wool or wool-rich fabric for a soft, cozy blanket look.
  • Choose a washed wool or wool-blend menswear fabric in a herringbone, windowpane or tweed. Wool blended with polyester or acrylic often feels softer than some 100% wool fabrics.
  • Re-purpose a wool camping or army blanket for smaller pieces like cushions and ottomans. Felt it to soften.
  • Look for women’s wool-blend apparel fabric in a fun oversized houndstooth or a colorful plaid.

Photo credits: top left and right, Country Home & Interiors Magazine November 2013 issue. Bottom left, Pinterest. Bottom right, my fabric stash.