About Angie Knowles


Slipcover designer, fabricator, and educator.

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Office Chair Slipcover

This is my favorite office chair.  I purchased it at Habitat Restore  and it is oh so comfy.  But oh so ugly.  Looks like it needs a makeover.

 front before

the front before

the back before

the back before

After making my first office chair slipcover I had some of my hand printed fabric left over.  Just enough to cover this chair.  This chair is a little different from the typical office chair you find.  It does not have any adjustment knob in the back, along with that weird hump they usually have.  But even so, it still needed a pleat in the back because the bottom tapers in.  The pleat allows it to go on easier.

back pleat

back pleat

I complimented my hand printed fabric with a white tone on tone stripe sheeting.  I decided not to use any cording, it looks cleaner and simpler.  A look that I’m very attracted to these days.

For the skirt I used my 1/2″ Quick Pleater but left the pleats unpressed for a soft look.  The tie is threaded through 2 vertical buttonholes just at the edge of the pleat.

office chair side

soft pleated skirt

I love how soft and sweet this office chair slipcover turned out and I enjoy my favorite sewing chair even more.  I hope you like it to.

office chair front

so cute

Wing Chair Slipcover

I love making wing chair slipcovers.  So even though I’m not taking much work these days, when I got a call to do 2 wing chairs in a ticking type stripe,  I gladly took the job.  The chair wasn’t in bad shape “(forgot to take pic) but it looks beautiful now, don’t you think.

wing chair slipcover

wing chair slipcover

Love these bows.  They add such charm.

bow detail

bow detail

A nice transformation, I would say.

Independence Day Sale

In  honor of Independence Day, purchases of the Large Quick Pleater set

large pleater set thumb

and Small Quick Pleater set pleater smallt thumb

will receive free shipping through July 6th. 

Just enter the coupon code Ship during checkout.

Orders will be shipped out on July 9th.





A change gonna come

One of my favorite gospel songs is “A change gonna come” especially sung by Aaron Neville.  Actually anything he sings is my favorite.

Listening to his music has helped me keep my sanity in check over the past 2 years.  There has been a whole lotta changes–some good, other not so much.

In early 2012 our daughter decided it was time to spread her wings and leave our protective nest.  So she became a solider girl.  While very proud of her we were also apprehensive about her going out into the big bad world.  But we taught her well, so we knew she would survive it well.

My Soldier GirlAnd Mom was finally starting to recover from her heart attack in 2009 and the multiple surgeries because of it.  Life was good.

2013 brought a lot of sadness and a lot of happiness at the same time.

Mom suffered a devastating stroke that left her paralyzed on her right side and unable to talk. There were days when visiting her in the nursing home I would have to step outside and have a good cry.  It was so difficult to see her suffer so much.  Mom eventually died from the complications of the stroke, but it does give me some comfort to know that she is no longer suffering such horrible pain.

She was a classy and elegant lady until the end.


At the same time, joy came into our lives.  In June soldier girl got married to soldier husband Nestor.


And in August they informed us there would be a soldier baby arriving in April.  Talk about joy! It was a big surprise to us, didn’t see it coming.

Here they are at Christmas time at Manhattan Beach, CA visiting his family.

ashley & nestor

What a beautiful couple they are.

It still baffles me that I could have such feelings of joy and pain at the same time.  Now it is a new year–although almost half of it is gone, for me it feels like it is just starting.  Over the last few months, I’ve managed to tie up some loose ends and have energy for moving on.

That means you will see some changes here.  Actually, the changes have already started and more are on the way.

Until next time, have a beautiful life.


Large Textured Ottoman/Bench

I stopped taking a lot of  slipcover work when Mom got sick, but when an old time client called and needed some pieces slipcovered due to a wedding, I couldn’t let her down.

This piece is a large ottoman–more like a bench if you ask me.  The upholstery is very textured–almost like a carpet.

textured bench

textured bench

I was initially concerned when I saw this piece.  That is a lot of texture to cover with a slipcover.  But it was needless worry, as she chose a nice weight fabric that covered the texture beautifully.

slip covered bench

slip covered bench

She asked to keep it simple–no cording and just a hemmed bottom.  I gave her the no cording, just topstitched the seams.  But the hemmed bottom looked unfinished in my eyes.  So I took a chance and did something else.

banded finish

banded finish

I banded the bottom instead.  I think it still has a simple look, but much more finished looking.  And she was very happy with it.  I knew she would be.

bench slipcover

bench slipcover

It has been so long since I’ve made a slipcover, this took longer than usual, but it also felt good to just take whatever time it needed and not feel so rushed.  Maybe I’ll do more soon.


NOTE:  I am working to redesign this site, so hopefully you won’t see any funny stuff going on here.

Been a long time

It has been a long time since I’ve shown my face around here, mainly due to a difficult last year.  Last April my mother had a major stroke that she never fully recovered from.  She lost her ability to speak and was paralyzed on right side.  At the beginning we were very hopeful that she would recover, but it soon became evident the damage was too much.

Since my sisters and I were not able to care for her at home, we had to put her in a nursing home.  So our main priority became to make sure she received the best care possible.  We established shifts where at least on of us 4 daughters were there with her almost all the time.  Since my work schedule was most flexible, I spent most of my days at the nursing home with Mom.  That meant a lot of things in my life got put on hold, including this.

In December Mom moved on to another phase of her life.  I miss her so much, but now I must move on also.  I will never stop missing Mom, but I feel her here with me all the time.

So what does that mean for Sew It Yourself Slipcovers?  Well, I need to revive and revamp–it is time for a new look, don’t you think?  Also, there are some technical problems that I have not been able to solve myself and no one else has either.  As you may have noticed, none of the comments show up and I can’t figure out why.  Very frustrating.

For the next few weeks, I will be working behind the scene rebuilding the site.  What I have now will stay up until then.  I hope to see you back here real soon to reveal the new look.


New Slipcover Fabric

Well, not exactly new, but one I have not used before.  Although I’ve had it draped across my furniture for a while now and I love how comfortable it feels.


soft and comfortable

soft and comfortable

My only concern is how durable it will be.  Although it looks like a knit fabric it is a woven waffle weave.  Lighter weight than what I normally use, but I gotta give it a try.

So I will be slipcovering my living room chairs that get totally abused by me and the dogs.  I will wash and bleach it twice a week and see how it holds up.

Here is hoping for the best.

Small Space Organizing–Book Review

I like to consider myself something of an organizing guru, but with downsizing our house several years ago and some recent life events over the past few months has cause a breakdown in my organizing systems. But just in time the book Small Space Organizing by Kathryn Bechen arrived.

Serving Small Space Dwellers Worldwide!

I’d requested  a copy of Kathryn’s book to review and it was just what the doctor ordered. With the help of Small Space Organizing I was able to quickly get things back in order and to and to tackle a few thorn in the side issues.

Here is  what I like best about Kathryn’s book:

  •  The room by room breakdown. I was able to go straight to the chapter for my major problem areas, get some great tips and put them to immediate use.
  •  Kathryn’s ideas were simple to implement and didn’t require me to take out a second mortgage on our home. Here favorite saying was KISS–Keep It Super Simple!
  •  The fact that Kathryn lives and always lived in small spaces, so here advice comes from real life, not just some theoretical mumble-jumble.
  • My favorite part of the book—the interviews with other small space dwellers. It was very interesting to see how others viewed their small space.

The two main things I took away from Small Space Organizing—

  •  It is not how much space you have—it is how you use it.
  •  Attitude is key—love and embrace your small space.

So if you need help getting organized, get yourself a copy of Small Space Organizing by Kathryn Bechen and get to it!.



Drop Cloth Slipcover

Drop cloth slipcovers have been a rage for a while now, but I did my first one just before Christmas.  I was a little dubious about working with drop cloths, but overall, it was a pleasant experience.  But not totally without some issues and concerns.


drop cloth slipcover before

 Here is what the loveseat looked like before.  Very pretty, but a little dated


drop cloth slipcover

And the finished slipcover.  My client likes things simple.  I really wanted to do a pleated skirt, but she nixed that idea.  So, just a plain hemmed finish.

Next post I’ll review my experiences with the drop cloth.