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Dog Friendly Denim Slipcover

Pet friendly denim sofa slipcover by Karen Powell

Pet-friendly washed denim sofa slipcover in color Burlap.

dog on sofa before

Esther sitting on HER sofa before slipcover arrives.

When a customer tells me their dogs have taken over their sofa, I recommend denim for their slipcover.  A weighty and supple 12 to 14 ounce denim holds up well to frequent wear and wash.

A good quality bull denim (solid color) works fine for a pet friendly slipcover. However, I’d go with a yarn dyed denim (woven with a color and white) because the two-tone color effect hides dog hair better.

Tip:  be sure to preshrink your denim fabric before making your slipcover even if the fabric label says it’s “prewashed” or has a “laundered finish”.

For this slipcover makeover I had to get creative on patterning the arm.  It has a sway back top and a steep curved edge along the side.  Wrapping the front arm with thick denim to mimic the upholstered pleats would only turn into a big glob of fabric.  So I redefined the front arm shape with welt cord and added a couple of tucks to form the fabric over the curve.

Denim slipcover by Karen Powell

Natural Canvas Slipcover for Ethan Allen Sofa

Ethan Allen Sofa Before Slipcover

BEFORE: Worn & loved Ethan Allen sofa

Ethan Allen Canvas Slipcover

Sofa Slipcover InspirationInspired by this pretty interior, similar to her own living room, my customer envisioned her 15 year old Ethan Allen sofa new again with a slipcover makeover.

She chose Carr-Go Canvas in color Natural, a medium weight sanded cotton canvas. I updated the skirt with a modified waterfall style and plumped up the cushions with new Dacron wrap. Lovely!

Slipcover Makeover Turns Sleigh Bed into a Sofa

To turn this vintage sleigh-bed into a sofa I gave it a slipcover makeover times nine! Each piece — the futon cushion, topper, bolster, soft-box pillows and knife-edge pillows — called out for a washable slipcover.

Unlike a traditional sofa slipcover that uses just one fabric, this project required a mix of textures and patterns. I went with hemp canvas, organic cotton twill, vintage ticking and three reclaimed cotton prints — an eco-friendly combo that looks great with the aged patina of the wood frame.