Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Inexpensive Slipcover

A few weeks back, 
we purchased an American Signature loveseat for our sunroom.
(a $50 purchase off Craigslist)

Because of the color scheme in the sunroom (brown family), it really pulled the "green" out of the original fabric.
So I decided to make a slipcover for it.
In my fabric stash, I had a 9x12 white canvas dropcloth, that I purchased back in the Summer for $15.
I was going to use it for a different project, but the fabric was too heavy and stiff, so it sat unused until last week.
I am not an expert when it come to slipcovers, so with my basic sewing skills, 
I decided to give it a try.
I had no problem in making the 

back and seat cushions covers...

but then I got creative when it came to sew the rest of the cover.

Basically I sew the cover by hand, making it a perfect fit for this loveseat.
I used these upholstery needles, which I found at our local Walmart.

The cover in not sew on the existing fabric,
just over it, making it a washable option.
I did wash the dropcloth to start with, to pre-shrink it, which is aways a good idea any time you work with fabric.
I did this in sections, but it took me a total of maybe 5-6 hours.

Turned out pretty good, 
(considering my sewing skills)
This is definitely the most inexpensive way to make a nice washable slipcover.
It is now officially moved to the sunroom.

Stay Frugal,

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Junkchiccottage said...

This is fabulous girl. I love what you did and all by hand. Amazing. It looks great.

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Your sofa looks wonderful and to think it was once a drop cloth. I love that you can put it in the wash when you need to.

Kelly said...

That's awesome! You always amaze me with what you can do. I think it looks great.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Looks great Daniela!!

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Looks great!

Cheryl Thornton said...

Looks great Daniela! I have never tried to make a slipcover - kudos to you for taking on this project!

Carla from The River said...

Great idea and I think you did a fantastic job. I give you a high five for starting it and finishing it. :-)And for tackling it in the first place. You Rock!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Great job, and what a job!

NanaDiana said...

You did a GREAT job, Dani! Wow! It's amazing what a person can do when they are willing to try. Drop cloths are just fantastic, aren't they? xo Diana

anangloinquebec said...

Great job. It looks fantastic!! I find once you make one slipcover you realize how it really isn't that hard and you get into a slipcover craze!! :)

Marissa said...


Revi said...

Impressive - especially for your first time and your sewing skills sound a lot like mine...

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Daniela,
This slipcover is done so well in canvas and you are very clever in creating just anything!
Smart for prewashing it.
Look forward to seeing your finished sunroom!

Grazie per avresti augurati la mia Mama per il suo novantesimo compleanno. Lei era in ospedale per la dialisi, ma quando siamo andati con il papà, aveva decorato la stanza e lei era felice di leggere tutti i complimenti sul mio blogpost. Mi sentivo felice troppo e ancor di più per essere l'unico fratello ci...

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

forgot to mention that I have that needle for over 30 years and it was called a mattress needle than...
Great find and it helps pulling the thread through with ease!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

You did this in 5-6 hours and some of it by hand??? I'm impressed! I have almost zero sewing skills and I can't imagine taking on a slip cover! Nice job!

Mindi Carwin said...

Very impressive! It looks great! I can't wait to see your sunroom!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Great job Daniela! Love drop cloth slipcovers!

LittleMyoo said...

By hand?!?! I'm in awe.


must love junk said...

I love the look of a slipcover like this! Turned out great! :)