You can’t beat cotton matelasse when it comes to creating a slipcover that is both comfy and sophisticated. My long distance customer, Vanessa, had me make a custom cushion cover and bolster covers for her gorgeous sleigh daybed.
The 100% cotton matelasse I love most for slipcovers is this diamond pattern from Roth & Tompkins in color Natural. It’s thick, supple and not too stretchy.
Use this fabric by itself or mix it with other textures and prints. It’s one of those fabrics that blends beautifully with just about any decor style.
I’m a big fan of sleigh daybeds, too. They make a wonderful alternative to a traditional sofa, love seat or chaise. The one I have, shown above, is from the late 1800’s. It was used as a fainting couch and sat at the foot of a huge four poster bed. I found it in a vintage furniture shop in San Francisco years ago.
This vintage settee makeover was inspired by the rich textured look of Matelasse fabric. Instead of spending a fortune on the real stuff my customer found quilted king and twin size coverlets for a steal. They worked great for her custom covers.
Padded and quilted, that’s exactly what we needed to cover the worn upholstery and random lumps from old springs. I also attached a cushy layer of batting for extra loft and comfort. And, of course, there is the animal print piping!
Do you love the look of a matelasse slipcover but don’t want to spend a fortune on the fabric? Instead of buying yardage (it can get pricey) try re-purposing a matelasse bedspread. That’s what my customer and I did for her vintage chaise.
Even though I used about every inch of Pam’s king size bedspread it wasn’t quite enough to cover the entire chaise. I needed a companion fabric for the sides, back, skirt and piping. I chose a 12 oz. white cotton duck from Big Duck Canvas. A nice contrast!
Using a bedspread, coverlet or quilt for a slipcover is a great way to create a unique piece and save money. Here are a few thing to keep in mind for best results:
Map out fabric placement before you start cutting. I wanted the matelasse to be the main focus so I allocated it to the most visible areas: inner back, arms, seat and lower deck. Since I was limited on fabric, I selected only a few key areas for matching the diamond pattern.
Select a companion fabric with a contrast texture. I went with a basic cotton duck because of it’s understated look. It allowed the raised texture of the matelasse to pop.
Combine colors that match or compliment. White-on-white was our color scheme for this project. The matelasse and canvas I used were exactly the same shade of white making the fabric combination look intentional.
Read my review of Big Duck Canvas 12 ounce white cotton duck on my Fabrics page.