How to Make Slip Covers
Slip covers are a simple way to change your furniture without buying a new piece completely. They also protect furniture from everything from everyday wear and tear as well as intense wear and tear from children and pets. Slipcovers 'slip' off easily for cleaning and replacing if you want to change the color design in any room.
Measure every aspect of the furniture you are creating the slipcover for using a measuring tape.Make sure you accurately measure rounded arms and large seams. Round your figures up so you are sure to purchase enough at the fabric store.
Buy the slipcover fabric.Take into consideration the slipcover furniture shape, drape color, carpet color, and how durable the fabric needs to be especially if you have children or pets. Also, if you want to be able to wash the fabric in your washing machine, be sure to get a slipcover fabric that can do so.
Lay the material over the furniture, tucking into crevices and folds to be certain there is enough to go around.This also gives you the opportunity to see the slipcover fabric on the shape of the furniture to be sure it is something you are happy with.
Cut the material, according to your measurements, in the approximate shape of each portion of the furniture.Be sure to overestimate each piece but only slightly; you don't want to run out of material by over calculating.
Lay each shape, right side down, on top of its corresponding shape of the slipcover furniture.
Pin of each piece of slipcover fabric to each other, underside up, to create the same form as the furniture.Be sure to leave enough space to sew the seams.
Turn the pinned fabric inside out and place over the piece of furniture to ensure a correct fit on all portions.Keep in mind this will not be an exact fit just yet due to the pins that are still in and the sewing that will happen later on.
Turn the slipcover fabric blueprint back around so that the pins are on the outside.
Sew a non-essential piece first, and then place it back on the slipcover furniture to ensure a nice fit.Continue sewing each piece together and fitting against the furniture so any errors made can be quickly noticed and corrected. Make sure to take extra care sewing around curves and corners by sewing each separately.
Fit entire finished product on the furniture and make any necessary changes.
QuestionWhat do I need to do to measure round areas of arms?Top AnswererThe best solution to figuring out how much fabric is needed around curved areas is to make a paper template. Upholstery fabric can have a directional knap i.e. like fur fabric, there is a direction which can look odd if it is not all facing the right direction. Measure out to the widest part of a curve and use that as the minimum length or width. Browse the pattern books in a fabric store to see if there is something similar to what you have. The pattern will give the yardage requirement.Thanks!
- Micro fiber fabrics are easily washable and friendly for the environment.
- Adding throw pillows with the slipcover can redesign an entire room's color scheme and feel.
- Add a decorative rope along seam edges for an added style piece.
- For chairs, sofas, and couches, add an extra layer of fabric down the length of the legs to cover the furniture completely to the floor. Adding pleats will make the cover easier to slip on and off for washing and maintenance as well as an added style contour.
Video: how to make a slipcover | part 1 | intro & custom piping
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