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Natural Canvas: 3 Favorites for Slipcovers

Natural canvas is one of the most popular fabrics used for casual, washable slipcovers.  Why? It’s affordable, durable and versatile. Below are 3 of my favorites.

Natural Cotton Duck for SlipcoversNatural Cotton Duck #12 Weight:  This tough cloth is designed for tents, awnings and tote bags but I found it works great for slipcovers. Pile on the kids and pets! It’s denser, thicker and more durable than 10 oz and 12 oz canvas. The look is simple, wrinkled and super casual. I buy it at Big Duck Canvas.

Cotton Poly Blend Canvas Natural

Natural Cotton Poly Canvas 12 oz:  No extreme wrinkles! This lovely cotton canvas is blended with a bit of polyester, which helps soften the wrinkle and adds strength. The subtle rib in the weave replaces the grainy texture found in 100% cotton canvas. I think you’ll love the French laundered look after it’s washed — softy crumpled, relaxed and very cottage-y.

Washed Natural 10 oz. Canvas Slipcover

Natural Cotton Canvas 10 oz:  Sewing your own slipcover? This 10 oz. canvas will sew just fine on your home sewing machine.  It’s the most economical canvas, a good choice when you’re on a tight budget and want to make a simple, medium weight slipcover. The hand-feel softens after it’s washed and takes on a relaxed, broken-in look with a grainy texture. Expect high wrinkle. I buy it at Big Duck Canvas.

Check out my reviews of the two Big Duck natural canvas fabrics mentioned above to get an idea of shrinkage and usage. Don’t forget to follow my fabric pre-shrink instructions to minimize wrinkles.

Slipcover Fabric Favorite: Oatmeal Linen Cotton

Linen Cotton Chair Slipcover

Many of you have asked for an oatmeal linen cotton that’s slipcover worthy. Good news! I found one I think you’re going to love. It’s called LATIN and it’s a beauty!

When I first sampled this fabric from InstaLinen I was immediately drawn to the simple rustic texture and two-tone natural color. Think hemp grain sacks and homespun linen sheets. I especially like the look & feel of this cloth for making cottage and farmhouse style slipcovers.

Oatmeal Linen Cotton Slipcover

Washable and tightly woven, this 12 oz linen cotton blend is a good choice for casual slipcovers that get moderate use.  Here’s what you can expect:

  • High shrinkage during pre-shrink (5″ on a one yard length and 3″ on the width).
  • Grainy, soft crumpled texture after wash. Be sure to follow my wash instructions to avoid deep set wrinkles.
  • Subtle stretch up the roll (on the straight of grain).
  • Easy to sew on a home sewing machine.
  • Versatile design appeal. Will make up nicely in any style of slipcover.

Oatmeal Linen Cotton Armchair Slipcover

Slipcover Fabric Favorite: Stone Washed Canvas

Canvas made from 100% cotton, cotton blends, linen and hemp make a casual, versatile slipcover for everyday use.

Grey Stonewashed Canvas or SlipcoversOne of my new favorites is Vintage Stone Washed Canvas in color Grey Stone, a cotton poly blend with a subtle distressed finish.

Stone wash gives this thick, durable fabric a soft, broken-in feel. Very comfy! The little bit of polyester content minimizes wrinkle.

For best results, preshrink this canvas to work out residual shrinkage. Washing & drying the yardage will also enhance the softness.

Linen Slipcover Copy for Cisco Sofa

Sofa Slipcover Copy in Natural Linen

Natural Heavyweight Linen for SlipcoversA quality heavy weight linen makes a beautiful and long wearing slipcover. One of my favorites is Manchester Natural Brown.

This linen has a European look & feel that never goes out of style. I especially like the authentic flax color, a warm neutral that works with everything.

Manchester Linen is thick and weighty. It’s best suited for classic, washable slipcovers that have simple details — an ideal choice for my customer’s pair of Cisco sofas.

Top 5 Fabrics for White Slipcovers

White Denim Chaise SlipcoverUpdated May 11, 2017. 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 five of 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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