2/23/10

Sewin'

Have you ever wanted to make a slipcover for a chair but were afraid to give it a try? Well, I'm going to share with you how to do it the easy-peasy way! Firstly, either purchase a flat sheet from a thrift store or use one your willing to cut up. Your needing: a flat sheet, pins, a pen and scissors and large paper (optional). Thats it. The first thing your needing to do is start draping the sheet over the chair. Make sure the fabric is smoothed over the contour of the chair.... Next, your needing to start cutting and piecing the fabric over the chair. When pinning the sheet/fabric pin close together as this will later be the stitch line you'll be using on your pattern. Here is the chair covered with the sheet. You can see that it is pinned together over the entire chair~Once the chair is covered using this method, take your pen and and mark where the pins are. This will become the stitching line you will use later. Remove the pinned slipcover pattern you've just made. Mark each piece with corresponding letters, like A to A that when placed together they match up. Once the whole thing is removed and marked with line-up-leters cut the fabric pattern you've just made along the pen lines. This is now the pattern to be used either as is...or trace it on paper so you'll have a paper pattern.
Using the new pattern you've just made, trace it onto the final fabric your wanting to cover the chair with. The line you draw onto the final fabric will be your stitching line, so add your seam allowence when you cut it out! Then just sew the whole thing together. Keep fitting it to the chair as you go as you might need to make a few alterations to get a snug fit. I put in a zipper down the back of each slipcover I made for easy removal. I made 4 slipcovers in total~ Here is the finished chair with a match-box fabric motif. I made another one with a dark-dark denium for a dresser look.Here is Miss Chloe Rose trying out her chair which I slip covered with some Disney princess fabric. She is sad to see the Cheeto-orange stained chair arms covered up. She is sensitive like that~ I also made a matching denium slipcover for this little chair as well :-)Thats it, easy-peasy slipcovers!

4 comments:

tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

No way!!!!You make it look so easy. That is positively the one thing I have always wanted to do. Make slipcovers. I even bought a sewing machine just for upholstery, of course I returned it because I was so intimidated. You know, I think I just make try it now. Lisa

Linda said...

Hi Cheryl- thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for the nice comment! I have enjoyed reading yours, too- your granddaughter is adorable! Thanks for the slipcover primer- I might have to try that! I'm looking forward to reading more!

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Julie said...

great how to! Looks like the little one is sitting pretty!

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