Canvas made from 100% cotton, other natural fiber and cotton blends makes a casual, versatile slipcover. In my free Ebook, All About Canvas for Slipcovers, I feature many different types with useful facts and tips for picking the best one for your project.
One 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.
A 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.
Wingback chairs never go out of style. But upholstery color and patterns do. A versatile, neutral color slipcover can fix that!
For this custom-fit cover, my customer chose Carr Go Canvas in color Natural. It’s an 8 oz. cotton fabric that makes a light to medium weight slipcover and is dressier than utility canvas. Works best for pieces that get moderate use.
To create a smooth, tailored fit over the curved top (between the wings) I inserted a narrow panel. It bridges the front to the back without gathers or tucks.
If you like the idea of a relaxed linen slipcover but don’t want a lot of wrinkle this linen and cotton fabric is a good alternative.
It’s a thick yet supple cloth featuring a tiny box texture that shows off both the un-dyed flax and natural cotton color. Slubs and nubs are part of its charm. The look is more rustic than refined — think casual farmhouse style.
Here’s what you can expect when working with this Upholstery Linen in color Oatmeal from Gray Line Linen:
- High shrinkage. It shrinks 5″ on a one yard length and 3″ on the width. Pre-shrink your yardage in jumbo size washers and driers before you make your slipcover and you’re good to go.
- Heavy weight. Sewing multiple layers will require an industrial machine. For projects with simple seams and few layers this fabric will feed through a home sewing machine just fine.
- Slight give. Fabric eases out a bit when sewing and probably will to the same with wear. Start with a snug slipcover fit and control the give as you sew for best results.
This outdated Ethan Allen chair needed nothing more than a stylish slipcover to make it look current. My customer chose Carr Go Canvas in color Natural to go with her Ethan Allen sofa slipcover I made.
Carr Go Canvas is 100% cotton with a slightly brushed surface. Feels like a peach skin! It has a softer wrinkle and a dressier look than a regular utility canvas. Because this natural color canvas is a medium weight be sure to test it for coverage over your upholstery color before you buy your slipcover yardage.