By Arabella Mcgregor. Slipcovers. Published at Friday, February 16th, 2018 - 23:32:05 PM.
Since the first housewife looked down at her dirty upholstered chaise or chair and shook her head with despair, someone has been making slipcovers. The slipcover first started out as a furniture throw, a roll of matching or contrasting fabric that was simply "thrown over" an upholstered piece of furniture.Modern Sure Fit slipcovers are removable fabric covers that can be slipped over a chair or couch to protect the upholstery wear and tear. Later on slipcovers were hand made by professional seamstresses and upholstery shops. Slipcovers like these were ‘tailored" or custom made and often took a long time to sew and were very expensive to make.
"Drape" a muslin pattern - Have on hand pieces of muslin large enough to accommodate each pattern piece needed for your chair slipcover. Position the chair on the floor or on a table so that you can work comfortably. Smooth the fabric over the seat; pin folds, ripples, and puckers into darts where needed. Mark the centerline from back to front, then work on one-half of the chair. Trace a stitching line from the chair seat, mark around the arms and back, cut out with a seam allowance, and clip corners. Use strips of muslin to make bands, positioning and pinning them to the seat.
Would you like a different fabric on your sofa or chair for winter than you want for spring? You could have red and green for Christmas or pastels for spring. In winter you might want a darker heavier fabric while in summer you might like something light and airy. Not many of us could change our furniture with the seasons but with affordable furniture slipcovers you could have the option of a different look for different seasons or holidays. Just swap them when ever you are ready for a change. Low cost slipcovers give you many opportunities for variety in your home. As you can see whatever your style, whatever your need, there is a furniture slipcover available for you. So start dreaming of the look you want for your home and let furniture slipcovers make it a reality.
After you’ve made one side-chair seat cover, you might start eyeing other furniture in your home, and I encourage you to apply the basic principles you’ve just learned to more complex pieces of furniture. Or just stick to chair-seat covers. You can start collecting interesting chairs at flea markets and antique shops to apply your newfound craft. Let your imagination contribute to the beauty of the chair, and see how it can instantly uplift your surroundings. Then cozy up in your new chair.
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