Back in 2014 I posted Ticking Stripe Fabric Reviews. At that time I tested a variety of ticking stripes all of which turned out to be too light weight, too limp or too narrow for slipcovers.
My search continues for the classic, old school stuff — a cotton woven ticking (not printed) in a heavy weight twill or herringbone weave without fire retardant.
In the meantime, I leave you with a little ticking inspiration. For this simple tie-back slipcover, I used my stash of vintage ticks from the 1960’s — tightly woven, weighty and durable.
Outdated yet barely used, this old Drexel Heritage armchair was a perfect candidate for a slipcover makeover.
I enjoy working on traditional chairs like this one. They are the most fun to transform from frumpy to “WOW! I LOVE IT!”. The boxy silhouette, English rolled arms and tapered legs came to life with a simple slipcover design in classic fabric.
My customer chose a printed stripe. This chalky blue and white ticking pattern is a medium weight home decor cotton from Magnolia Home Fashions. More photos here.
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.
This cotton ticking slipcover is so simple — throw it on and tie it at the back. By eliminating traditional slipcover details like welt cord, zipper and lined skirt I was able to give this stuffy old wingback chair a more relaxed, casual look.
About the fabric: I used 3 different pieces of navy and white ticking! Two pieces were from my stash of vintage ticks from the 1960’s — it’s that wonderful weighty cotton ticking you can’t find easily anymore. The third piece was “new”, reclaimed from an abandoned retail display project. Together, they did a nice job at covering up the worn, dirty hemp upholstery. See more pics here.