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 off-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.
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!
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 simple, casual design. Something with a relaxed 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:
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.