By Avery Baumann. Slipcovers. Published at Friday, June 08th, 2018 - 18:23:29 PM.
Check out the Back - First look at your furniture’s basic design. With a couch, sofa or loveseat you need to notice the back design. A tight-back type has no cushions or pillows on the back. Next is the Attached-Cushion back which has a pillow or padded backstop sewn onto the chairs or couch’s back. The next step up is Multi-Pillow back which has removable cushions (2 or more) the across the back. But be realistic because even the best fitting Sure Fit slipcover may need additional padding or foam underneath to fill in the gaps between the back cushions or to fill out very narrow armrests.
"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.
Sew a chair-seat slipcover - Stitch darts in chair seat. RSs together, sew facings to cutout openings, trim seam allowances (s.a.s), turn to WS, and press. Make piping or use purchased trim. Sew piping to top and bottom of bands, trimming the cord from piping at seams. Turn under ends of bands. Topstitch. RSs together, sew top edge of bands to outer edges of chair seat. Finish skirt hem. Fold pleats where marked. Baste. Turn under side edges of skirt. Topstitch. RSs together, stitch skirt to bottom of band. Topstitch ends of skirt and band in one step. Sew button loops and buttons or other closures. Put slipcover on chair, sit, and relax. I do suggest making a pleated muslin for your chair if the legs splay dramatically and you’re unsure how deep to make the pleats. Make any other notes and marks on the muslin that will help you later on to match and sew the pieces.
There are many reasons why people are considering slipcovers. If you have young children or pets in your household you know how difficult it can be to keep furniture clean. Slipcovers are an excellent way to protect your furniture from soiling and everyday use by kids and pets. By purchasing slipcovers you have the great advantage of buying on the cheap any pattern and even any type of furniture from flea markets and yard sales then once you go home just throw a simple slipcover over it this will allow you to match the seating to the existing décor in your house, brilliant eh!
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