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Message Board > Home Dec. Sewing > Loveseat throw-style slipcover? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 6/11/10 9:06 PM

Hello!I'm brand-new to PatternReview (I don't know if I should intro myself somewhere...?).

I'm not terribly new to sewing...been self-taught since my sweet husband bought me a machine as a wedding gift over 12 years ago. But then I had four little ones in short order, so sewing was put on hold for a few years. I'm back at it with a passion nowadays lately, though. It's "sew" relaxing and enjoyable!

I want to cover my loveseats with a simple throw-style slipcover. I really need to cover them up with something new, but much more quickly than I have time to learn how to make nice, fitted and piped slipcovers. Does anyone know of a set of directions, how-tos, etc. on the internet anywhere? Or a book perhaps? (I could get it through interlibrary loan.)

Thank you! And looking forward to getting to know all of you.

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Date: 6/13/10 9:38 AM

Good morning. .... We DO have an new members thread.. but introducing yourself here is fine also. Welcome to PR .. I will be posting some tips for you...after coffee of course.. but am bumping up this thread so others might spot it and respond.

I do promise you help..asap..

Now how old are those little ones now ??? I have five little ones.. but my little ones come in puppy form.. so I do a lot of slipcovers and upholstery in this house...

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Date: 6/13/10 3:46 PM

Hi poorpigling, LOL'ing here about your puppy little ones. I have a Maltese and he is the perpetual puppy (baby). (Which I love, having him to "baby.") Now the other littles are 7, 8, 10 and 11. Maybe not so little anymore...But still precious. I love sewing for them, and there is no fan club like your own kids, to think you are wonderful for whipping up like magic something with a bit of thread and fabric! I'm teaching my girls to sew, and the two boys do other things, but they do really love to watch me sew, the whole mechanical aspect of it, you know?

(OK, sorry for going so OT!!)

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Date: 6/13/10 9:47 PM

Weclome to PR...it truly is a great place for information. I am too looking for slipcovers to make. I ordered some microsuede covers, but was disappointed because they wouldn't stay put at all on my couch. I decided this week I was going to make my own.

Here are a few links I think you might be interested in.:

How to Sew a Slipcover

No Sew Slip Cover

DIY Cover

Hope this gives you some ideas!

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Date: 6/14/10 0:25 AM

I swear on Chicken Littles grave, I will get back with you on this..
In the meantime check out the archives here on PR as I know this is not the first time this topic has come up.

Two boys and two girls huh.. well at least you lead a balances life.. At my house. my dogs are more impressed with my sewing than my children are.. they just love a new clean slipcover or upholstery job to lie on.. sigh.

My one dog, we call her the supervisor.. barks anytime I turn on my sewing machine and sew.. My parrot on the other hand loves it when I use my machines.. in fact it puts her to sleep like a baby in the back seat of a car..

We can be a chatty group here on PR when we get going.. going OT is not unusual..in fact I would say it pretty much the norm.. especially if food is mentioned..

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Date: 6/14/10 9:34 AM

Good morning.. so I did have a little bit more time this morning to re read your questions and become more familiar with what you are wanting to do.

I am puzzled as to why you are not just buying a set of premade slipcovers as you did state you are in a hurry.. I want to caution you that the cost of fabric for home dec is not cheap..so if you are tight on budget and in a hurry.. you might want to order some sure fits or another brand until you have the time to tackle the project.

Another word of caution..once you find how easy it is to recover your furniture. you might want to do all your chairs and then hit the thrift stores for more chairs.and.. on and on.. lol.

I have had many members ask many questions about slipcovers and upholstery and have given some serious thought to writing a tutorial on this.. However, in the meantime.. do order in a number of books from the library, and peruse them all.

There is a def difference between slipcovers and upholstery.. To me. a slipcover can be more difficult.

In fact there are really two kinds of slipcovers.. The first is referred to in the biz as a slopcover. This terms is used to describe those premade slipcovers..or slipcovers made from a pattern which results in a very loose fit.

The second is a fitted slipcover..made especially to fit the chair or loveseat..etc. A well made and fitted slipcover will look as though the piece has been upholstered .

Then there is the third alternative of a full upholstery job.

Whatever you decide.. you need to wash the fabric before sewing it if you do plan on throwing it in the washer later.

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Date: 6/14/10 9:38 AM

One benefit of what you plan on doing..making a throw in the washer cover for your loveseat.. is a smart idea..as when you do upholster it later on ..you can protect it by the continued use of that slipcover over your new upholstery job.

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Date: 6/14/10 12:38 PM

WSU 1 fan ~
Thanks for those links! They are simple and straightforward and look like they just might be the ticket for the simple kind of throw-slipcover I need currently.

Poorpigling~
Thanks for the encouragement about slipcovering being not that difficult once you learn how! I've been reading a number of books and watching/looking at some tutorials online, and you know, it honestly has been a lot more "de-mystified" for me now than the way I used to think of it. (Especially piping! - - that seemed like it would be very complex and yet of course it gives a good finished appearance. But now that I've learned about that and done some on a smaller project I realize it isn't that bad at all.)

But about doing it quickly or in a hurry or whatnot - - it isn't that I need it super-quick, like in a week, and thus need to buy the covers. But I know for sure I can sew a simple throw-style cover in a shorter period of time than I'd spend doing a nice job of a much more fitted slipcover (plus with piping LOL). If that makes more sense?

Thanks again to both of you!

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Date: 6/14/10 3:22 PM

Makes sense to me.. I usually leave piping off of slip covers.. its so much faster and easier..especially if you need to make an adjustment on a fitted slipcover. But of course always use it if doing upholstery.

Those were good links that WSU posted..

I hope you have priced out the cost of the fabric compared to pre made sets.. Later when you are ready to reupholster, come back to the boards.. In the meantime..if you get stuck just holler out here for more help. Heck, you really can't mess up a slipcover. Just be sure to cut generously.. and to prewash your fabric.

Really .. think of fitting that slipcover on the couch the way you would a dress on a dress form. Pin inside out..baste.. check the fit and then sew up the seams..

Let us know when you get it done...and any problems you might have had so others can also learn.

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Date: 6/23/10 7:59 PM

Years ago when my children were little we didn't have a lot of money. A friend gave us a couch and chair. They were very comfortable but also very ugly. I happened into a Kmart one day and there was a clearance on Martha Stewart sheets in a denim color blue. I bought king size flat sheets. I never made fitted covers. I made the cushions first as they ewre the easiest. The side of the cushions that were against the back of the couch, I made a double flap of sorts and sewed velcro for closures. This way they could be flipped over if needed. Once the cushions were done, I set them aside. I layed the fabric from the front to the back, using the contour of the couch, to make sure there was enough fabric to cover. Then I started peicing the arms, one at a time and then stitched then to the sides of the sheet that went from the front of the feet area to the back. Once all this was done I made a fitted ruffle with box pleats in the corners & on the center front of the couch. To make sure it didn't slide around, I took the clips that you use for childrens mittens and sewed elastic to then. I would clip the fabric that was under the ruffle, stretch it under the couch and fasten it to the excess fabric under the ruffle in the back of the couch. This just kept it secure. It was easy to remove when I washed them. This fabric wore like iron with 2 kids and cats crawling around. I looked at books from the library to get a grasp of what I was going to do. Since I found this project tedious, I think it would have been easier to reupholster the furniture. Good luck with what ever you decide.

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