how to sew slipcovers

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.

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.


Office Chair Slipcover

I finally did it!  Inspired by the sweet and talented Tessy Bennett of Cozy Cottage Slipcovers I finally covered this nasty old office chair.


See, isn’t he just plain ugly!

double yuck!!

And it is not any better in profile either!

After seeing the results from Tessy class at the Slipcover Summit, I knew I had to make one.  So I did.

isn't she lovely

And look at her now!(yes, it went from a him to a her).

love her!

Take a look again!

what a pretty skirt

 And from the side.  Much better, don’t you agree.

baby's got back, huh!

Check out the back.  Finished off with a barely there sheer ribbon.

love those beads

And hand made paper beads.

lookin' good!

One last look.


Linking up with:

Gina @ The Shabby Creek Cottage

Marion @ Miss Mustard Seed


PS:  my comments are not showing correctly.  still trying to figure out what is wrong.  bear with me please

Ruffled Ottoman Slipcover

This slipcover is just too cute for words.  The client collects cute pieces of furniture and old textiles and sells them.  But she is keeping this one for herself.  The floral print is an old drapery panel and the contrast trim is what we are using for the love seat.  She wanted something short & flirty, so I did this full gathered skirt with a 1″ contrast band at the bottom.  So cute!

just too cute!

For the gathers, I used the zigzag over cord technique as shown in my gathering tutorial.

I’m linking up with

Shabby Creek Cottage

Miss Mustard Seed

Sewing & Quilting Expo

The past week has been crazy busy.  Karen from Home Fashions U arrived last week and we have been super busy getting ready for the Original Sewing & Quilting Expo in Lakeland, FL.  Karen is teaching 6 classes–to include ottomans, bedding, updating your dining chairs, a business class and more.

While Karen is teaching, I will be working in the booth and demonstrating the Quick Pleater.  So if you are thinking about attending the show, why don’t you stop by and see what all the buzz is about.  Hope to see you there.

In the meantime, this is what the studio has looked like for the last few days.

Hope to see you in Lakeland.



One Sexy Chair

Remember this gold chair?  Well she has a brand new outfit and boy is it hot!  I have to say, this was one fun slipcover.  Although at first I was a little worried about it.  The client wanted a really tight fit, which can sometimes be difficult with these rounded chairs.  And the fabric was a knit.  It looked like a woven, but it was knit with a stabilizer on the back.  The only other time I'd worked with a knit fabric, it kept growing and growing.  Took quite some work to pull enough stretch out of the fabric so I could get a tight fit.

But this fabric was a dream to work with.  I fitted directly on the chair instead of making a muslin pattern, so I could control how much excess fabric I pulled out.

Here is a close up shot of the fabric.  Not the typical fabric most people would choose for this type of chair.  But my client is a textile artist, so I shouldn't have been surprised.

And here is the final slipcover.  She wanted tight and she got tight!  Since she wanted the fabric and the shape of the chair to be the main focus, we didn't do any details other than self welt.  I did velcro it to the underside of the chair.  This is the tightest slipcover I've made in a long while.  I love it.  Gotta be my new favorite slipcover.

PS:  I'm linking up with Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Feature Friday

Gold Chair

I'm working on a new slipcover, this cute little gold chair.  I love chairs like this.  If I could spend the rest of my slipcover making days doing chairs like this, I would be one happy slipcover diva.

I'm doing this chair in exchange for some furniture.  A friend who knows I'm fixing up the apartment just purchased some new pieces and offered me some of old furniture.  The pieces fit perfectly in the apartment.  So in exchange for the furniture I am making a slipcover for this chair.

The fabric she choose, totally unexpected for this chair.  You can see it on the table in below. 

I'm almost finished, so stay tuned.

Video Tutorial Preference

Need your opinion. I’m in the process of creating some basic video tutorials and I’m trying to decide on what format to use. So here is your chance to tell me which format you prefer.

The options are:

  • live video demonstration– a short video of me demonstrating the technique
  • PowerPoint video—photos of each step put into PowerPoint then made into a video

Take this short poll on the right and let me know. And feel free to leave any additional thoughts in the comments

Where I Create

Today is the day; Where Bloggers Create Blog party.  Finally got all my pictures done and boy taking, editing, uploading and add descriptions to photos takes way more time than you imagine.  But I finally got it all finished.  My studio photos are all loaded to my flickr page Sew Slipcovers.  So go on in and take a look around.

Come on in

And when you are finished, head on over to My Desert Cottage and check out all the other studios.