So, I gave slip cover making a go.
First, with the arm chairs apart of this couch set...
I instagrammed about my chair covering woes and successes (you can find me @deliacreates) and got a request for a tutorial. Not all chairs are the same size of course, so I thought I would share just some tips I learned about recovering furniture, in case you're looking to do the same.
1. Measure, measure, measure.
Measure each section exactly and then add a standard seam allowance. I would choose nothing smaller than 1/2 and inch. Keeping the seam allowance the same for all of your measurements will bring you much more success.
2. Fabric matters...A LOT.
I think part of the reason why making a slip cover for the armed chairs and couches was so frustrating was that I was using drop cloth.
For the armless chairs, I used two lovely cotton fabrics from Lilly Bella Fabrics. See here and here. The process was SO much more enjoyable. Really. That tiny bit of stretch that the softer cotton fabrics gave made everything so much more workable.
The only draw back to this kind of fabric is the durability. It is not as durable as say upholstery fabric. If you're like me though, when the fabric starts to wear out in five years you'll be ready to make a new cover anyway.
*Also be mindful of the pattern. If you get a geometric pattern, any misalignment at any point in the cover making process can be much more noticeable. I worked hard to make the sunflower chair perfectly even, until... I pulled some sections too tight when I stapled it to the chair. This threw the lines off and I can't help but see the flaws every time I look at it. The random floral pattern was much more forgiving that way.
3. Treat your furniture like a mannequin. Try your cover on your furniture inside out then pin.
Here is a quick visual as to how I recovered the armless chairs:
It felt a lot like sewing bags for furniture and then sewing those bags together.
We put the legs back on and ta da!
The corners are nice and snug.
You could just drape fabric over your furniture and staple it, but I think sewing it as a fitted cover first really gives it a sleeker look.
I didn't get it quite right the first go around, but the second chair turned out much better.
You know what they say about practice...
The geometric yellow print is Sunflower in Sunglow by Joel Dewberry.
The floral print in gray and coral is Party Dress in Thyme by Sandi Henderson.
Both are from Lilly Bella Fabrics who is one of my lovely sponsors. They have some really great stuff. I really like how their site is organized too. You can shop by color, which helped me A LOT.
So....I've got lots more in the blogging queue, (I know I keep saying that but you should see my memory card. Ridiculous) but my kids and Project Run & Play are my priority at the moment. After a guest post coming up really soon, I'll be mostly checking in just for PR&P. Or...I could get kicked off really quick and you'll see me around a lot more. :)
I wish you a great week! I'll see you on the runway this Friday! (I honestly feel a bit queasy about it!)