Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mini Slip Cover Tutorial

Recently I Purchased two very mauve wing chairs for a screaming good deal....
I envisioned them slip covered.......my sweetie pie of a husband didn't share my vision....

The Before
(Definitely not my best photography)

The first thing I do is cut pieces for the back of the chair with 3" extra on each side ....
and the seat back with up to 5" on each side.....

I pin the top together along the curve so it's fitted....
then I baste2" stitches in dark thread. 

Next is the inside of the arms....where ever there is a seam in your upholstery make a seam in your slip cover. So here I seamed where the upper wing meets the lower roll of the arms.
You will see the fabric is already tucked in between the arm and back of the seat. that's why you need the extra fabric.....to tuck. that's what makes it look tight and fitted.


Make tucks around the arms pin and baste....
The arms can be tricky...go slowly and remember where there is a seam in the upholstery make a seam in your slip cover....


The extra on the back and the outside of the arms gets folded under and then you can attach the zipper, Velcro, or ties.....
Ties are the simplest and easiest first time choice.....
not to mention it's a cute cottage choice....


 For the cushion you will need some basic seamstress skills...
make your piping first, then sew it to the front and back pieces of cushion fabric.
Then attach the box strip of fabric.....


Attach the zipper section on the sides.....

The Zipper runs along the back of the cushion so it's hidden when the cushion is on the chair....

Measure the length of the skirt and cut and sew them first....
Then attach them to the slip cover....
You will need to fit the slip cover onto the chair and then remove to sew....
I like to run the inside seams through the serger but you can use a zigzag too, it gives it a finished look and it will wash and wear better.....


Finished!
This is one of two....and they are beautiful in their new home.....
Here are a couple pictures of slip covers I have done.....



 The chair in the back ground is a slip cover too....

This is a slip covered chair that was purchased at the shop...
It was made with matlese coverlet so there is a beautiful texture to it you cant see....
But I can't take credit for how cute this room is....It is the sanctuary for a lady who is clearly talented... 
Blessings, Ella