A request for a washed, navy blue linen slipcover is a sure sign of spring!
For this project I updated Roz’s vintage channel back chair with Brazil, a 100% linen in color navy blue 6 from InstaLinen. Brazil is offered in different shades of navy but no. 6 is my favorite. I love this dark inky color. It has just the right amount of black to make it a classic navy.
I’ve worked with Brazil several times and it never fails to impress. It’s a 12 oz. that is weighty and offers good coverage over worn upholstery. The after washed look is beautiful! I rarely press this linen after I pre-shrink it (you can, but don’t have to). It comes out of the dryer with a soft dimpled texture and floppy drape — like a quality linen should — but never any hard wrinkles. Be sure to follow my pre-shrink instructions.
Roz’s vision for her new slipcover was casual with a tailored fit….and a little pleated skirt, which I will be adding. Cute! That’s easy to achieve with this type of linen. It’s versatile and works well for many different slipcover designs.
Want to learn more about linen? Check out my article, 4 Things to Look for When Choosing Slipcover Linen.
This little camelback loveseat looks like an entirely different piece with its new awning stripe slipcover. Bye-bye outdated cabbage rose. Hello cottage-chic!
Fabric: Bromley Woven Stripe color Sand, a durable and washable cotton poly canvas.
My New York customer, Jeff, sent me his worn slipcover to copy for his Bensen Neo Sectional. I love the simple, smart design of this piece.
The slipcovers for the body sections Velcro on creating a sleek, snug fit. No zippers, no welt cord, no skirt. I finished the seams with a clean edge stitch.
Slipcover fabric: I used Dream Weaver by P/Kaufman in color Stone purchased from Sailrite. It’s a sturdy 10 oz. polyester dobby weave with a supple hand-feel. There is a front and back side to this fabric as well as a directional nubby texture. No pre-shrink info — this slipcover copy is dry clean only.
I’m super happy my customer, Marilyn, loves her new natural denim slipcover! It suits her space so well it’s hard to believe this project almost didn’t happen.
Before Marilyn found me she was on the verge of replacing her perfectly good sofa. She really didn’t want to get rid of it but the high price of decorator fabrics nixed her vision for an affordable custom slipcover. Sound familiar?
Here’s the thing, you don’t have to spend a fortune on good quality fabric for your slipcover.
I recommended this $8 cotton bull denim from Big Duck Canvas. This 12 oz. weight in a creamy natural color was exactly what Marilyn was looking for.
Think outside of the high-end decorator box and explore multi-purpose fabrics in natural fiber like denim, canvas, corduroy, linen, bedford cord and chino twill in medium to heavy weight. Basic fabrics like these, priced under $15, offer a lot of bang for your buck and make the best looking and most versatile slipcovers.
Ellen’s original slipcover and cushions on her Quatrine sofa and loveseat had seen better days. Uh, I think the cat begs to differ 🙂
Luckily the frame and spring system were still in excellent shape. All it took was a slipcover makeover and new cushion inserts to give these quality pieces a fresh new look and function. A worthwhile investment to keep them usable for several more years.
I used a 12 oz. yarn dyed denim to make these durable, washable slipcovers. You can’t tell from the photos but the color is Loden Green, a beautiful soft greyish-green. Like most cotton denim fabrics this one washes up nicely and has very low wrinkle.
I like using self welt cord and a lined tailored skirt for pieces like these; classic details that add a professional finish.