Wednesday, September 28, 2011

DIY Slipcovers

Good morning!

Wow, it's turning out to be a glorious, sun shiny day! That's awesome. We've had quite the rainy and windy weather for a few days, so this is really nice.

I may have mentioned that in the summer we painted and started {finally!} decorating our house. It's such a gradual process because we are doing all of the work ourselves and only as the budget allows! I recently dove right in to the world of diy slipcovers! I received lots and lots of inspiration and encouragement from The Nester, Miss Mustard Seed and my friend, Madelyn. Who woulda thought I could make slipcovers, but here is my first attempt:

When I first started researching how to make slipcovers, I bought an awesome e-book (Click here to view more details) from The Nester's blog. In the ebook, she recommends using white cotton duck, but I couldn't find any locally. So, I did a quick search on Pinterest to see what other people were using for slipcover fabric. Oh. My. If you haven't discovered Pinterest yet, what are you waiting for? One of the best things I've found so far through Pinterest is Miss Mustard Seed's blog and her amazing video tutorials. She explains and shows each step very clearly and makes you feel like you, too, can make slipcovers!


I found two of these blue velvet wingback chairs on craigslist along with an ottoman. So, now the chairs are both slipcovered and the ottoman is next in line. I'll also make a slipcover/skirt for the piano bench just to fancy it up a little, even though I just re-upholstered it!


The best part of this slipcover is the ruffle along the bottom. Amazingly enough, it's also the easiest part to do!

Supplies:
Finish Factor (Loews) Canvas Drop Cloth approx. 2 per chair, with lots left over- pre-washed
Sharp Scissors
Sewing Machine
Thread that matches your drop cloths
Lots of pins
Spare needles for your sewing machine, cuz they will break
Stitch ripper
Coke Zero (that's a "supply" that's always needed!)


The How To:

First it's very helpful to download the slipcover ebook ($10 well spent!) Click here to view more details

After reading through that, then move on to watching the following videos!


What have you slipcovered lately? :)


~Cindy


PS. See my tutorial: Ruffles and Rosettes Ottoman Slipcover!
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