Instructions for Making Slipcovers


There is still hope for the outdated floral sofa set in your living room. Rather than replacing it, which can be costly, try making a slipcover as an inexpensive alternative. It will give your couch or chair a new look. Slipcovers also protect your furniture and keep it lasting longer. Making a slipcover is simple, and anyone can do it with a little effort and the right materials.

Measure the Furniture

  • Use a measuring tape to measure the piece of furniture you want to make a slipcover for. Make sure to accurately measure the height, width, all sides and different angles of the furniture. Most furniture measures about 32 to 96 inches wide.

Choose the Fabric

  • Choose the fabric you wish to use for the slipcover. Purchase twice the amount of material that your measurements showed, to allow room for mistakes and so you can make matching covers for pillows. There are 36 inches in one yard. For example, if your measurements showed 96 inches wide and 34 inches in height, and you double it; you will need about 5 1/2 yards wide and 2 yards in height.

    You should shop around for different colors and styles until you find the perfect slipcover that matches your home and decor. Fabric for slipcovers should not be stiff and should be able to drape over the curves of the furniture. The upholstery fabric should not have a backing and is better if it is lighter weight.The fabric should not be loosely threaded and must have a tight weave.

Fit Material to Furniture

  • Place the fabric on the furniture and pin it around the edges. The pins will guide you when sewing the hems. Leave about one inch for a hem on the bottom of the furniture and allow for some slack in the material when people sit on the couch. You do not want the slipcover to fit too tightly, because there will not be room to adjust it later if necessary.

Sew the Fabric

  • Use a sewing machine to make seams where the pins were and remove the pins in the process. The slipcover will fit better to the furniture after you sew the seams. While sewing the hems, place the slipcover on the furniture to make sure you are sewing it accurately. After you are finished sewing the hems, fit the slipcover to the furniture. You may need to tuck the fabric in the couch to give it a tight fit. This can be a little tricky getting it to look exactly right.

Cover Pillows

  • Lay the pillows on the fabric as a template for the slipcover. Cut out the fabric around the pillow, pin around the edges and sew the hems. Allow about an inch for the hems.You are now finished and have matching pillows for your new slipcover.

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