How to Make Slipcovers


If you have inherited grandma's floral hand-me-down sofa and chair, you most likely have thought about putting it out to the curb. Putting furniture in the trash is difficult to do, especially if the pieces are comfortable. Also, they don't build strong sturdy furniture the way they used to. Don't throw away perfectly good furniture when you can put a slipcover on it. Slipcovers are a great way to cover over old torn, stained or otherwise undesirable looking furniture. Slipcovers are available for just about any piece of furniture, including sofas, loveseats, chairs, dining room chairs, ottomans and more. However, you can save money by sewing them yourself at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Measure the front, back, sides and arms of your piece of furniture, then add an additional 1 inch for seam allowances on all edges of the fabric. Use sewing scissors to cut the pieces of fabric out according to the measurements.

  • Lay each piece of fabric out face down on the section of the piece of furniture you are covering. For example, place the back on the back, the front on the front, the arms on the arms and the seat on the seat, all face down. Pin the pieces together with the sewing pins by matching the seams together. Place the sewing pins all along the cut edges of the fabric until you have completely attached the entire slipcover together.

  • Carefully remove the slipcover from the piece of furniture. Use a sewing machine to sew a 5/8-inch seam all along the pinned edges of the fabric. Remove the sewing pins as you sew. After all of the sections have been sewn together, turn the slipcover right-side out.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make two slipcovers so that when one gets soiled, you will have a clean one to put on while the other one is being laundered.

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