This is something that I have been wanting to do for a very long time. Well, let’s just say NEEDED to do. We have these two chairs in our bedroom, purchased separately at either Goodwill or garage sales – I was so delighted that their color and shape went so well together.
Over the years the fabric began to wear and some stains darkened the fabric. Slipcovering was the answer. I had recovered some easy chairs before, but these gave me pause. So, I waited.
I was aware of Marian Parson’s (our Miss Mustard Seed) six part video demonstrating step-by-step instructions on how to custom make slipcovers, but I hadn’t watched them through. So, one day, I sat and viewed all six of the videos and felt inspired that I could do this.
I chose what I thought was going to be the hardest chair, the barrel-shapped chair. It’s curves and lines had me a little bit intimidated. Following closely Marian’s instructions the slipcover came together quite easily. I was so pleased and Dearest was quite impressed.
Then I tackled the second chair. This one wasn’t easier at all, actually, based on the lines – this one was more detailed. That didn’t turn out to be a problem. I just took it one step at a time. I realized that making the piping ahead of time, according to Marian’s instructions, helped in shaping the design of the chair and giving it a more ‘finished’ look. I would definitely recommend making piping for your slipcover projects. Also, follow the lines/seams already on your chair – they’re ideal for aiding you in creating your slipcover.
Marian demonstrated making slipcovers with drop cloth. This was for ease in making the panels and for hem for the skirt – saves a lot of time. I did not have drop cloth, but I did have a lot of fabric – this does take a lot of fabric – it took two drop cloths for Marian’s project. I’d overheard someone say that she thought it took five yards to make a slipcover for a chair – that’s a pretty good estimate.
I knew I wanted the back to be a contrasting fabric – I had just enough of this light blue floral fabric to do each chair – I did not have enough fabric for the barrel-shaped chair – really didn’t know when I started. So, I substituted a different fabric for the seat cushion. I think the overall look gives it a soft, romantic, Cottage feel. You know how I love all the Cottage styles.
Having done these two chairs, my confidence is up and I have more chairs in mind to finish – I have plans to paint the bedroom furniture – they’re showing signs of age – not the cute, chippy kind, I am looking at Marian’s Milk Paint – plans are stirring in my mind at this time. I think in the end, when I’ve finished our Master Bedroom makeover, I’ll look back and say, ‘Thank you, Marian!”
Do you want to give making slipcovers a try? I’d highly recommend viewing Marian’s 6-part video thoroughly before beginning and follow her instructions completely. You too will be quite pleased.
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