Monday, February 1, 2010

The Slipcover Project


I made a lot of progress on my slipcover this past weekend. I just need to hem the bottom and make a few small adjustments. I'm really amazed with myself, especially since I haven't touched a sewing machine in 29 years. I found it a lot easier than I imagined. Of course I made it extra easy by using a solid fabric. Prints can be complicated. I'll let you in on a little secret about the fabric too. This oatmeal colored canvas, which looks just like a beautiful linen is really just a painter's drop cloth from Home Depot. I think I paid $9.99 for it. Unfortunately, I don't remember the actual product name. I washed it several times to soften it up. Now, our cat Jenny Marie is happy to have her chair back, and I'm happy that the fabric is super durable and machine washable. Tomorrow I'll post some pictures of the new sofa, which looks quite nice with my chair.







17 comments:

Amy @ River Rock Cottage said...

Wow!! Can you come do mine??

And you're so clever - a drop cloth!

Beach Vintage said...

This is so fabulous. I have a chair that I want to try and slipcover but I am so scared to start it as I dont know how it will go.....but thanks for the inspiration.

geschichtenvonkat said...

looks great! i got a slip cover from ikea for our couch, which is also from there, and it's also a canvas cream colored cloth. It fits so loose though and I've been wondering what it would take to try and fix it. You're so brave and have definitely inpsired me, haha :)

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Wow it came out fabulous!!! I have tried to slip cover before but always have a problem with the seats. Yours looks great:)
~Debra
Capers of the vintage vixens

Ticking and Toile said...

It looks great!!! What a cute chair! Congrats on a well done job!

Shellagh

Julie said...

It looks so good! Slipcovers are NOT easy (says the girl with two unfinished slipcovers within a 20 foot radius. Hey, who can tell a skirth is pinned on, anyway?)

KarenSue said...

Good job girl! I had slipcovers make for my sofa and 2 chairs all from washed painters tarps. They have lasted about 6yrs so far. I have done a little mending. What's funny is I have the same pillow you do in my chair like yours!
Great taste! And I love my French glass dryer! It arrived safe and sound. Thank you

Low Tide High Style said...

I'm glad Jenny Marie is back in her favorite chair and I love the slipcover. I have read that drop cloths make great slip covers and yours proves that to be true!

Kat :)

farmlady said...

Amazing! This looks wonderful. I can't believe it's a drop cloth from Home Depot. You did a great job on it.

Tuxes and Taffeta said...

Cool! How did you figure out the pattern for the chair?

Kelly Ballard said...

Painter's cloth? I wonder if they still sell those. If so, I'll buy a dozen!

Kelly
Second Hand Chicks

Rural Revival said...

Wow, it looks great!!
I really do need to conquer the sewing machine. : )

Be well ~Andrea~

Capricorn Soap Company said...

goregous work! I love love love slipcovers. Especially classic ones like the one you've made here. Unfortunately, I have absolutely no skill whatsoever with a sewing machine. Or a sewing needle for that matter. My husband is excellent with upholstery and fabric. I can't wait to see the sofa!

Robin said...

Looks amazing, great job.

Eve said...

LOVE it! Thanks so much for the drop cloth tip. I have kitchen banquette cushions to recover and I think this is what I'll use!

Yay!

Kim said...

I'm thinking tea dyed drop cloth might make a nice golden color. Hmmmm... I'll have to file this idea away for later.

Jacqueline said...

I wish I could make a slipcover.....awesome idea with using drop cloth.