knife pleats

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

Quick Pleater and First Slipcover

Meet Dawn.  Or rather meet Dawn's first slipcover project.  Dawn purchased both sets of Quick Pleaters from me back in August and used them in her first slipcover project.  Now Dawn had logged in a few hours at the sewing machine, but never tried a slipcover before.

For her first project she choose to tackle this hand me down coffee table and turn it into a slipcovered ottoman.  I'm sure you've seen this table before; I've actually owned one like it way back when.  The size and shape of the table is great, but as you can see, it was not the prettiest thing around.  So why not slipcover it!

And look what Dawn did!  Some pretty floral fabric and kicky knife pleats in a contrasting solid and wow! a whole new look.  Check out those pleats!  Gotta love that Quick Pleater.

Dawn's coffee table

Here is what Dawn had to say about the Quick Pleater:  I’m quite delighted and the pleater tool was fabulous. Can’t imagine creating the knife pleats any other way.

Way to go Dawn! Can't wait to see more pleater projects.


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Slipcover Show-off #6

This week I bring you a beachy wing chair slipcover. My client moved to this house by the water a few years ago, and is now updating everything to something more appropriate for living by the water.

Here is the before.

As you can see, a well loved piece.  Notice the missing arm panel on the right arm.  My client has two cute little dogs that love to chew on the furniture.

To update her look she chose a blue & cream stripe for a beachy look.  We did a long skirt so she can hide baskets under the chair.

For added interest and to help with the curved front legs, we did a double pleat on the skirt.  Nice touch!

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Quick Pleaters Restocked!

Finally, the time you have been waiting for! The Quick Pleaters are back in stock and ready for shipping. Order yours now, just in time for holiday sewing.

And another good note! I am working on international shipping. Just a few more things to figure out and I will be able to ship anywhere USPS delivers. Stay tuned!

NOTE: International shipping now available!

Quick Pleater pleating tool

UPDATE:  I am currently sold out.  A new order is in with the manufacturer, and I will post as soon as I have an anticipated delivery date.

Do you love knife and box pleated skirts on your slipcovers? Or for trim on pillows or place mats? I bet you dread the thought of a lot of tedious measuring and the math that goes along with it.

With the Quick Pleater tool you can forget all that! No measuring! No complicated math! Just quick and easy.

Back in 2005 hubby and I made a prototype of this tool, but it took until this year to find a manufacturer here in the USA. But we finally did and in June had our first production run. I introduced the Quick Pleater at the Slipcover Summit 2010 in Nashville, TN and it was a big hit! YEAH! Watch this video and I think you will agree.

So are you ready for yours? If so, order now, as the first run is almost gone. We are placing a new order, but if you don’t get it now, you may have to wait several weeks for the new order to come in.

And check out these beautiful pleats made by one of the Quick Pleater users, Kelly.

How much? Only $29.95 + 5.00 shipping. Florida residents 7% sales tax.

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Edited to add:  I only have a few of these left (3 at the time of this post), so if you want one, get it now.  A new shipment is on order, but will be at least 2 weeks (maybe longer) before they arrive.