Jenna’s cute apartment size sofa was ready for an update. She sent me her worn floral slipcover to copy in 12 oz. white denim.
Her new slipcover gave her sofa a much needed style boost and also inspired a little redecorating. She moved the piece from her daughter’s room to a pretty nook in her home office. Love it!
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:
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.
Good news! I finally found a good quality white linen for slipcovers. It’s called Brazil, a heavy weight 100% linen from Insta Linen. I absolutely love it!
It worked up beautifully in slipcover copies I made for Shelley’s Quatrine sofas. I used her old, worn slipcovers as templates and tweaked the tailored fit to be relaxed and inviting.
After washed, this linen takes on a casual look, floppy drape and softly crumpled texture. No hard wrinkles at all. Read more about why Brazil is a favorite.
How do you make a dark, stately antique chair look charming? With chalk paint and a slipcover, of course. Excellent paint job by my customer. Apron-style slipcover in white chino twill created by yours truly. What a transformation! See more photos here.
White denim brightens up a room any time of the year. It’s also one of the most versatile fabrics you’ll find for slipcovers. From casual cottage to contemporary chic, it suits any style of furniture and decor.
For this custom fit slipcover, I used washed 12 oz. white bull denim from Big Duck Canvas. I tailored the fit to follow the sleek lines of the sofa. Such a pretty contrast with the rustic flooring and distressed rug. Beautiful!