Tag Archives: natural slipcover fabrics

Slipcover Design: How to Handle Outer Arm Seams

Slipcover Natural Denim for Armchair

An outer arm seam sits high or low on the side of the rolled arm. It runs from the front arm to the back corner seam. Some are barely noticeable while others have welt cord or decorative topstitching.

I’m frequently asked about OA seams:  Are they necessary? What is the correct placement? Why do some slipcovers have them and others don’t?

In this post I share examples of slipcovers I’ve designed with and without outer arm seams. Here’s the scoop on when, why and how I do it.  Continue reading

How I Slipcovered This Tricky Attached Back Chair

Arhaus Chair Before Slipcover MakeoverFiguring out the best way to slipcover this attached back chair was a puzzle at first.

Should I detach the two back cushions and replace them with one loose slipcovered cushion?  Or, if I leave the cushions attached should I cover them separately? Or, cover them as one?

I chewed on those questions for several days after receiving Priscilla’s photos of her Arhaus chair. And, even then I wasn’t coming up with a definite answer!

The problem was I couldn’t tell from her pictures if it was feasible to remove the back cushions. Some pillow-style back cushions should not be detached. Read why. I also couldn’t get a sense of how deep the tuck-ins were at the side and bottom or how they were shaped.

When the chair arrived at my workroom I was able to pull and poke at those cushions from every direction. I could see and feel how they were attached. I had my answer! Continue reading

The Best Faded, Streaked and Worn Slipcover Fabric

Old Worn Denim Slipcover

Anthea sent me her old denim loveseat cover to duplicate in canvas. Instead of going with a basic cotton canvas she chose a heavyweight, durable cotton-poly blend with a vintage stonewashed finish.

The results: a wonderfully rustic slipcover for her family cabin in Vermont. It’s going to look right at home next to the big stone fireplace, log walls and wide plank wood floors.

If you’ve never slipcovered with stonewashed canvas you might be wondering what’s so special about this faded and streaked fabric.
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