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How To DIY: Making Furniture Slipcovers

Are you getting tired of that retro, 1970s couch in your living room? Or perhaps you are just sick of looking at all those stains and spills on you favorite chair cushions? If so, don’t haul them to the curbside – slipcover them instead! Slipcovering is a great way to add style and detail to any piece of furniture and it’s really easy to do. All you need is some fabric, a sewing machine, and a little bit of patience to create a quality slipcover that will last for years to come!

Why Slipcover?
If your couch is currently upholstered in a vomit-brown or so-bright-it-hurts orange fabric, then you may be longing to have it replaced or professionally reupholstered. But both of these options are very expensive and aren’t a possibility for every homeowner. So, instead of living with ugly furniture, why not slipcover those pieces? Furniture slipcovers help to:


  • extend the lifespan of your furniture
  • protect furniture from spills and stains
  • add a new look to an old piece
  • add style and value to any home


Jazzing Up Those Slipcovers
Slipcovers don’t have to be boring! You can make them in any color and almost any fabric. And, to add a little something extra to your slipcovers think about attaching:


  • beaded edges
  • lace edging and overlays
  • cording on pillows and cushions



Slipcovering a Cushion

Whether your sofa cushions are worn out or just in need of a new look, a slip cover can help to reinvent any piece of furniture. Plus, it’s easy to do and perfect for beginner slipcoverers!


What You Will Need


  • measuring tape
  • muslin fabric
  • slipcover fabric
  • sewing pins
  • sewing machine or needle and thread


How To Make the Slipcover


  • First, measure your cushion using your tape measure. Record all measurements, including length, width, and height.
  • Choose a slip cover fabric. The fabric should be lightweight but durable. Heavy materials are more suitable for reupholstering, and are much harder to work with.
  • Make a sewing pattern out of your muslin fabric. Using your measurements, cut pieces of muslin out for all sides of your cushion.
  • Pin your muslin pieces to the cushion. Trim off excess overhang, allowing one inch extra for seams.
  • Baste the pieces using your sewing machine. Check the fit of the slipcover. When the cover is just right, tear out the stitches so you are just left with your muslin template.
  • Pin the muslin pieces to the wrong side of your slipcover fabric. Cut around the muslin pattern.
  • Pin the slipcover pieces to the cushion. Sew into place, using a one inch seam and enjoy!



Slipcovering a Sofa

Slipcovering a sofa can be very rewarding. Not only can you save yourself a lot of money by not reupholstering, but you can also have fun creating your own new furniture designs! Try making some sofa slipcovers once you have the hang of slipcovering cushions.


What You Will Need


  • measuring tape
  • fabric pins
  • sewing machine
  • needle and thread
  • slipcover fabric


How To Make the Slipcover


  • Before you start, find out how much material you will need for your couch slipcover.
    • Using your measuring tape, measure your furniture. Start measuring at the lowest point on your furniture to your highest point. Multiply this number by two.
    • Also measure the width of your furniture and multiply this number by 4. Add these two numbers together and divide by 36 to find out the yardage you will need.
    • Always buy at least double the yardage when slipcovering. You can use the extras for cushions or pillows.
  • To begin, drape the fabric over the back of the sofa starting at the edge of the seat cushions and working your way down to the floor. Allow for at least a one- inch hem and three inches of tuck-in fabric. Pleat the edges of the fabric and sew a stitch to keep the pleat in place.
  • Next, drape your fabric over the arms of the sofa. Smooth out any wrinkles and tuck the fabric around all curves. Again, pleat the fabric around the edges and sew a stitch to keep the pleat in place.
  • Adjust each piece to make sure that the cover fits appropriately. It may take a few adjustments to get it right.
  • Remove the pinned fabric and sew on the sewing machine.
  • Create a template for each of the sofa cushions and use any remaining fabric to fashion cushion slipcovers.