A couple months ago a customer brought me a chair to slipcover. I finally made the slipcover last week and finished it up this week.
It wasn’t horrible but it was a little tired looking and needed some freshening up.
Here is the before.
The owner of this chair called it her green ‘Linda Blair’ chair. I have slipcovered stuff before – mostly my own stuff and some slipcovered ottomans that I sold at the Brick Farmhouse Event last fall. Before I started this project Miss Mustard Seed, one of my very favorite bloggers, posted a link to her 6 part video tutorial on slipcovering a wing chair. I took the time to watch them a couple weeks ago while my Mom was here doing school with the girls. Thanks again Mom! I was SO glad I watched them. Honestly those video tutorials had better advice and tips than the books I’ve read on the subject. MSM is right, if you can sew straight seams you can slipcover a chair. Easy Peasy! Here are a couple shots ‘during’. I don’t think I need to do a tutorial – MMS has already done a very fine job on them and there is no reason to reinvent the wheel!!
Instead of measuring and cutting and refitting you just drape, pin, trim seam, and sew. You are making it inside out and the left side that is up when you pin will be the right side when you turn it right side out. As MMS said this only works on symmetrical furniture.
Details. Box pleats at the sides, front, and back. Ribbon closures at the back – Thanks MSM for this idea!
I purposely positioned a seam that was already in the drop cloth in the center of the seat cushion. Just for some added texture and interest.
Here is the slip covered chair. I love using drop cloths as slip covers. Inexpensive, durable, washable, bleachable, neutral, and just a touch industrial. I did think the back cushion looked like it needed something. So I sent photos off to the owner to get her input. She agreed. I threw out a few ideas and sent her some more photos with some ribbon addition ideas.
This is what we settled on.
And here she is! The finished product. Now isn’t that better than the green??
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