Pet-friendly washed denim sofa slipcover in color Burlap.
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.
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.