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Ticking Stripe Slipcover for Old Drexel Chair

Ticking Print Slipcover for Drexel Chair

Outdated yet barely used, this old Drexel Heritage armchair was a perfect candidate for a slipcover makeover.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.

Printed Ticking Stripe Slipcover

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.

Simple Ticking Slipcover for Wingback Chair

Ticking Slipcover by Karen Powell

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.