Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Slip Covers

My parents were kind enough to give me their couches for free. Problem being: a little outdated and fabric worn. Slip covers from pottery barn are well over a thousand dollars. So I purchased some 60 wide fabric at $3.97 a yard. Something plain (tiny ticking, beige and cream), and I spent more money on the accent pillows. I made piping for everything- pillows and slip cover. Ticking makes everything look more professional, rather than home-made. Sewing a cover for each individual cushion helps too (in making it more professional looking). The slip covers zip on and off on each back side corner to wash. Same with cushions. As for a pattern, the best way to make it fit is to make it yourself. I looked into patterns at the store but they were big and baggy. To make a pattern I bought muslin fabric and tacked it to the couch, drawing around all the edges adding an inch for sewing seams for a snug fit.

5 comments:

Chad and Jessica said...

Holy moly, I had no idea that was a slipcover....I always saw that couch in your pictures and admired it. It looks great! How long did that take you? I am terrible at piping....well....I was never really taught how to do it, so I just made it up....tehe.

Danielle and Clayton said...

You make that sound so easy- I'm not so sure it is:)

Sarah Peterson said...

I am SOOOO impressed with your slip cover. I wish you lived here so you could show me how to do it. It looks SO professional. You are so talented Amy!

Rebecca said...

I had no idea that is how to make a slip cover. The muslin pattern and all. You are so clever and smart.

Mel said...

W-O-W!! Amy- you are amazing! I can't believe you made that slipcover. I get frustrated trying to make an elastic waisted skirt-haha. I guess we all have our talents. Not sure what mine is yet... except being a bum. I am a master at that.