How To Make Slip Covers

Make new slip covers for that favorite worn out chair and save money by doing it yourself! It's really easy to do!

Slipcovers are a great way to make an old chair new or design a room to bring it alive. Purchasing special order slipcovers can be expensive, so you might want to make your own. There is no pattern for your exact chair size, although you may find one that comes pretty close. If not, you will have to make your own. During the construction of the slipcovers, you will have to pin the material on the chair to make sure it fits. You will have to make your own judgment on how snug the material fits.

Always choose close knitted fabrics for slipcovers, making sure the material is heavy and durable for the chair. This is a necessity if you have children and pets. Leather is a great cover but requires upkeep to keep the leather looking new. Velveteen is pretty, but not practical, since it wears faster than other materials. Plain colors are the easiest to work with; patterns and stripes will have to be matched.

To start, in your mind, divide up the chair into sections as you are looking at it, he cushions being one section each and so on. The next step is to figure out how much fabric you will need. Try using a cloth measuring tape and running it over the sections and measure for lengths and widths. The lengths are what you will need to add up for purchasing material. Don't forget to buy matching thread.

After purchasing the material, cut out rectangles of the material, and lay them right side down and pin it with seams facing outwards. Allow for seams that need to be sewed. Now sew each seam, and go back and fit it on the chair to check the fit, then go on to the next area in that section. If you are going to cover the arm of the chair, make sure you fit all areas on the arm first before proceeding to the next section, such as the cushion.

Stitch the seams in the order that you measured and fitted them. Repeat these steps for all sections of your chair, making sure you lay the rectangles on the chair and pin the seams of the sections together and sewing each curve and corner separately as you go.

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