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This outdated Ethan Allen chair needed nothing more than a stylish slipcover to make it look current.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.