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Date: 4/18/13 5:30 PM



I have this old love seat which is an odd size. It's 50" from outside arm to outside arm and I can't find a slipcover for this anywhere.

I would like to use it in my 2 year old daughter's room so this print is really not floating my boat. Sewing my own slipcover is not an option for me so I thought of posting it here if any of you have ideas on how I can make it look new without having to sew a slipcover myself.
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Date: 4/18/13 11:19 PM

Hi there. I guess I'm the first one "in the pool". I can suggest getting a pretty printed king size sheet and throwing it over the love seat. Then making "snakes", aka "weights" to slip in between the cushions and the back to hold the sheet in place. I would think a "snake" of about 1" diameter and a couple feet long, maybe a total of 4, would do the trick.

For the front, I can suggest you tie a big knot, to weight down the rest of the sheet. Or get a fancy something or other to act as a weight, instead of tying. There are some really cute hair bands with sequins in them (I know because I use them when I have guests for iced tea and each hair band comes in a different color to wrap around their glass)

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Date: 4/19/13 9:15 AM

No, you will not be able to find a ready made slipcover.. There are places that will make a custom one for you.. but its costly.. You might be able to alter a Ready made one for your chair.. but I have to agree the easiest solution is a large throw to cover it all.

Deepika.. I do this all the time.. home dec.. and I find that its actually easier to upholster than slipcover.. Less fitting involved.. and less sewing.. Usually in upholstery.. the only sewing is the piping/welting.. which is often optional.. and the construction of the box cushion.. All else is mostly staples or tacks.. in fact since your chair looks to be covered in a cotton. you could probably just go right over your present covering.. I don't often recommend doing it that way.. but understand you want a quick easy fix here.. Good Luck

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Date: 4/19/13 9:25 AM

Honesly D.. after looking at the lines of your chair.. this would be a really really easy redo.. If you use lightweight upholstery fabric right over your present fabric.. It would not have to be perfect as you don't normally see the seams in upholstery work.. Cover the cushion with fabric.. pulling it over the present cushion and tacking it down on the underneath side.. then the back.. pulling the fabric to the back side and tacking it down with cutter tacks aka carpet tacks.. Then you can use a piece on the back side.. turning over the top raw edges and tacking it down with decorative tacks.. tacks aka upholstery tacks come in a variety of styles and colors.. A simple skirt made and added around the bottom would not only restyle it to a more feminine less modern look.. but would cover your raw edges at the bottom.. The only seam you would really have on this piece would be where the back fabric covers teh fabric you pulled around from the front.. and if you turn over the raw edges and use decorative upholstery tacks.. it should look fine there.. And no hand work needed..
If I can be of further help.. let me know.. As you know we have a pinned home dec topic and a few threads in the archives that you also might derive some ideas from.

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Date: 4/19/13 10:37 AM

Yeah PP to the rescue!!!!!!

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Date: 4/19/13 11:48 AM

Oh I didn't even think of upholstering!! That doesnt sound too bad. Can I use a staple gun? I'll have to look at that pinned topic. I've never done this before.

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Date: 4/19/13 12:00 PM

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No, you will not be able to find a ready made slipcover.

Actually, PP, I have seen (and been tempted by) stretch slipcovers. As I don't like the pooled fabric look or the wrinkles/folds that go along with using a large single piece of fabric tucked all over the place, I think the stretch slipcovers are a fabulous idea.

Deepika, I'm just curious why sewing a slipcover is not an option for you? I haven't delved into that myself.

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Date: 4/19/13 12:04 PM

I have done both. The upholstering was done mostly by my husband because the stapling takes strong hands or an electric stapler.

If you choose to slipcover, preshrink or you will never get the cover back onto the furniture after it has been washed.



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Date: 4/19/13 2:08 PM

Liz,

It's only because I know myself and sewing home dec is not something I'll enjoy. I've made a few place mats and napkins and made a few blankets for kids, and I absolutely hated the process.

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Date: 4/19/13 4:19 PM

Even those stretch slipcovers are made for a certain style. .maybe if she did an extensive search she could find one close to her chair design.. I myself have never seen one for this design.. but then since I make my own.. have not really looked..

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