The first thing I do is measure out my welting by wrapping it around the couch.
And then trim it off. I pinned the piping to my couch approximately where I wanted and then went back around measuring up from the floor. This is the best way to make sure your skirt will be even. I wanted my skirt to be 12" long so I measured up 12" from the floor.
I wanted my skirt tailored with one piece on each side. I measured the fabric, adding about 3" to each side, to fold under on the ends of the skirts. With my cover still right side out, I pinned my skirts on.
I used Stitch Witchery - an iron-on bonding strip - to put hems in my skirt. This is the first time I've done it this way and I really liked it. There is no seam showing. If you're not planning on washing your slip cover, I would usually use iron on interfacing to finish off the skirt. This gives the skirt some body and again, no hem showing.
And here is the finished slip cover!
This is our love seat across the room in the living room. I made this slip cover months ago and then decided I might like a ruffled skirt on it.
I love this romantic look when I see it in other's houses but I think if I have this soft skirt, I need something a little more rustic in this area to balance it out.
When we got these new dining room chairs last summer, I immediately slip covered them to keep them clean. They are white underneath but I wanted to be able to relax when my family ate spaghetti on them and know that if anyone had an accident, I could wash them or replace them.
This is another chair in our family room that I slip covered. This style with a curvy back is not as easy to fit and may want to slip down in the back a little bit but can still be done. I've added elastic circles that hook around the legs in the back to keep them from slipping.
And a parson's chair covered to match the window seat.
This couch took me several days to get done but I'm really happy with the result. It looks just like a brand new couch and is durable and washable.
I've never had any formal sewing training. If you can sew a straight line you can make a slipcover.
Love and blessings!
"Let them praise His Name with dancing" Psalm 149:3a
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