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Worn & Loved Old Slipcovers Copied in White Denim

White Denim Slipcover for Wing Back Chair

Wendy’s classic wing back looks like a completely new chair in a white denim slipcover. No skirt looks great! Fabric: 12 oz. Cotton Bull Denim White 

White Denim Slipcover Copy Crate and Barrel

A slipcover copy in white denim replaces the stained and torn cover on Marc’s Crate & Barrel chair.  Fabric: 14 oz. Classic Denim Optic White

White Denim French Chair Slipcover

Christine’s shabby-chic style slipcover was worn and cat scratched. A slipcover copy in white denim makes her charming chair look new again. Fabric: 14 oz. Heavy White Denim

Sofa Slipcover Makeover from Bold Print to Solid White

Sofa Slipcover Copy in White Denim

When it comes to slipcover fabrics are you drawn to prints or do you prefer a solid color?

I like both but more often than not I choose a neutral solid. It acts as a blank canvas and makes my slipcover super versatile. I think of a neutral color as quite, soothing and easy to live with.

By contrast, a fabric print comes with its own unique personality. It gives a slipcovered sofa or chair a distinctive style, which could be the perfect focal piece for your space or just a fun accent.

Either way, the beauty of a slipcover is you can enjoy a fabric print for as long as you like and then swap it out for a solid….or the other way around.

For this slipcover copy my customer, Maura, sent me her bold abstract print slipcover to copy in a creamy white denim. You can see how going from a print to a solid completely changes the look and mood of her sofa and living space.

Replacement Slipcovers in White Denim

This was a fun project for a customer in Northern California. Thomas requested replacement slipcovers for his armchair, ottoman and a couple of big, beautiful speakers.

I copied his worn out slipcovers in 12 oz. washable white cotton denim. For the speakers, I deconstructed one of the black dust covers and used it as a template to create protective covers in the same white denim.

Nothing like a few new slipcovers to make a living space feel refreshed. Looking good, Thomas!

Armchair and Ottoman White Denim Slipcovers

 

Top 5 Fabrics for White Slipcovers

White Denim Chaise SlipcoverUpdated May 11, 2017. Get ready for summer with casual, washable white slipcovers. Which white fabrics work the best?

Look for a medium to heavy weight, densely woven cotton or linen fabric that provides good coverage. You don’t want to see through it! Make sure your white fabric is durable and stable so it can be washed over and over again without pilling, shrinking or wearing thin in spots.

Here are five of my favorite white slipcover fabrics:

White Topsider Bull Denim —  Hands down my favorite white denim right now. This 12 oz. cotton denim is tightly woven and stable, which gives it good coverage and a substantial look. The white color is just right, not too bright or too creamy. Shrinkage: 6″ per on yard length and 3″ on the width.

Heavy White Denim Upholstery — A 14 oz. optic white cotton denim that feels more like a 12 oz. No problem! It’s still durable, very densely woven and has a crisp hand-feel. Expect it to soften up a bit when you pre-shrink it. Watch for small random flaws. Shrinkage: 3″ on a one yard length, 1″ on the width.

12 oz Cotton Canvas White — I like this heavyweight duck cloth (canvas) for simple white slipcovers that get a lot of use and frequent washing. It’s a good choice when lighter-weight white fabrics are not dense enough to cover dark colored upholstery. Shrinkage: White 3″ on a one yard length, 2″ on the width.

12 oz. Brazil Linen White —  After washed, Brazil linen takes on a lovely casual look, floppy drape and softly crumpled texture. Just like a good-quality 100% linen should! I like the 12 oz. weight. It feels substantial without being stiff or coarse. Works well for both tailored and loose fit slipcovers. Shrinkage: 5″ on a one yard length, 4″ on the width.

All fabrics listed above are machine washable. Be sure to preshrink your yardage before making your slipcover even if the fabric is labeled “pre-shrunk”. To avoid deep set wrinkles be sure to pre-shrink your yardage per my washing instructions.

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Easy To Make Washed Linen Slipcover

Off White Linen Chair Slipcover

I recently got hooked on 12 oz. Brazil linen while making a very detailed, traditional sofa slipcover for a customer.

As I was working with this beautiful linen I wondered how it would look in a very simple, easy to make slipcover.  Something with a loose fit and no details at all.  I put it to the test and love the results!  Here are a few tips for making your own:

Loose Fit Linen Chair Slipcover

1.  Use a heavy weight linen for best results. For my chair slipcover, I used 12 oz. Brazil Linen in color Off-White from InstaLinen.  Read my review on my Fabric page.

2.  Pre-shrink your yardage. The natural beauty of Brazil linen comes through after it’s washed and dried. It takes on a soft crumple and floppy drape. No hard wrinkles, no pressing necessary. Here’s how I pre-shrink slipcover yardage.

3.  Pin a loose fit.  I loosely pinned muslin on one half of my chair to create a pattern and then cut it out in the linen.  Learn the half pattern method from Paul A. Carter’s videos.

4.  Forget about the details. No need to add welt cord, ties and zipper openings. A slipcover void of detail puts the focus on the lovely linen.

I stitched my simple slipcover on my home sewing machine using a no. 12 size needle.  Linen ravels so be sure to overlock or zigzag the seams.