By Marie Graff. Slipcovers. Published at Friday, June 22nd, 2018 - 17:21:26 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.
Decide on the Look of the Slipcover According to the Style of the Room. Some people like slipcovers to form fit against a couch so that you can see every outline of the couch. Other people may prefer the looser fitting slipcover that simply drapes over the furniture and hangs loosely off the couch. One thing to keep in mind is that with the tight fitting slipcover, you may find that you are constantly re-arranging it due to people sitting on it and moving about on it. You may also find that this type of slipcover may rip more easily from being pulled too tight or in a wrong direction.
When updating the look of your furniture, using fitted slipcovers is the best option. There is a wide variety of fabrics to choose from, much more so than in traditional furniture stores. A slipcover is an easier, more cost-effective alternative to reupholstering your chairs and couches or buying new pieces. The slipcover has long been an option for covering couches, but this old standby is now finding its way into more homes than ever before. The reason is simple: as the recession tightens budgets across the country, more families are discovering that a room can be updated more quickly and easily with a slipcover at a fraction of the price. Fitted slipcovers are cheaper than reupholstering your existing pieces or buying a new sofa, and they can easily be customized to your home décor.
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.
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