How to Make a Slipcover for a Reclining Loveseat

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Sewing a slipcover for a reclining loveseat is a project for the more experienced sewer, as the project is more involved than more simple sewing projects. If you are up for the challenge, let's get started.

Things You'll Need

  • Upholstery fabric Sewing machine Velcro Thread Glue Measuring tape

Making The Slipcovers

  • Choose your fabric according to which room the loveseat will be used in. For example, if the loveseat is going to be used in a family room, choose a durable fabric such as microfiber, which is both durable and stain resistant. A more luxurious fabric such as silk or suede may be used in a room such as a parlor or bedroom where the piece won't be used on a daily basis.

  • Sewing a slipcover for a reclining loveseat can be approached in a few different ways. One way is to use fabric which is cut into various pieces. You will need to measure and cut fabric for both the inside and outside of the arms, the front and back of the loveseat as well as for the foot rest. Another way is to use one continuous piece of fabric for the front and back of the chair that includes the seat, to create more relaxed, loose fit. Be sure to leave 7/8 inch overlap for sewing.

  • After measuring the loveseat and cutting out your pieces, lay them out in the pattern in which they will appear on the loveseat. Sew each piece by folding over the raw edges and attaching hook and loop (Velcro) to the sides where it will attach to other pieces.

  • After you have finished sewing all the pieces, put them on the loveseat and attach the arms and back together by hooking the Velcro pieces to each other. This is the easiest way to achieve a more precise fit and it allows for easy adjustment and removal of the pieces.

  • If you have chosen to make a separate slipcover piece for the footrest, it can be attached by gluing one side of the Velcro to the underside of the footrest and then attaching the Velcro to the fabric piece. Place the fabric over the footrest, turning the sides under and attaching to the Velcro. If an arm piece or the footrest becomes dirty, simply remove, clean and replace.

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