Making your house a home can be an adventure! It’s fun and exciting to find just the right pieces that say just what you want them to say when guests come calling, but sometimes our search can come up empty handed. This is where I found myself recently when it was time to finally start moving furniture back into our 2 year front room DiY remodel. You can see some of the early progress here and here. Full tour coming soon!
During the long process, there were times that I thought we might not see the end to this project and even as I type this post, we still need to finish painting the trim and the staircase. (smile) We are so close though, and I am so happy with the way it turned out. This remodel came in phases and spanned a few years because life can throw some wrenches on the road, can’t it?
I have made four other slipcovers over the years with one of them being a love seat that the old owners left in our 1840’s log cabin. The log cabin is original to the hollow and you can take the tour here. You can also see my slipcovered love seat and the tutorial that I used to make it, here. If you are looking to make your own slipcovered accent chair, read on and see how I did it in two days.
I found a pair of these velvet-like accent chairs at the local Bargain Hunt store. It is a Target brand and although I liked the pop of color on the neutral shiplap walls, it was a little too much color, but they are comfortable as far as occasional chairs go, so I decided to make them work. And for $60 a piece, it was a budget-friendly DiY project.
HERE IS HOW I MADE THESE SLIPCOVERS IN TWO DAYS…
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SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED
Painters drop cloth (I used two of these from Lowe’s, but you can use whatever brand you like or if your budget allows, a thicker duck canvas or denim type fabric would work too.)
Sewing machine (we own a Bernina 380 sewing machine)
Heavy gauged needle (the kind you use for denim or thicker material)
Serger (optional, we own a Janome serger)
After I gathered up my supplies, I started by draping the fabric over the front and all the way to the back of the piece. Then I cut the excess fabric off leaving about a 2 inch seam allowance. At this point, I tucked in some fabric where the back and bottom of the seat meet. It is similar to a store bought slipcover that you would have pipes or dowels to hold the fabric in place when being used.
Next, I draped a smaller panel over the side and started to pin along the 2 inch seam. I wanted my slipcover to be snug, but not so snug that it would stress the seams. After pinning, I cut any excess fabric off and the piece started to really take shape.
This time around, I decided to make two slipcovers at one time. I was surprised at how simple it was and how smoothly it all went. Two slipcovers in two days is definitely a record for me! (smile)
The next step was to carefully bring my pinned pieces to the sewing machine and sew the seams together. Then I took the working piece back to the chair and turned it right side out. I tucked the bottom raw edges under and pinned it in place. Next, I measured around chair for the skirt. I typically will try to at least double the length so that I could add pleats or ruffles. I cut the drop cloth in long strips that were about 5 inches in width, hemmed the bottoms, and ironed pleats. I just eyeballed the pleats, but if you like a more uniform look, you could measure each pleat individually.
Next, I pinned the ruffle skirt all the way around the piece and made sure that the two ends met in the back. Since this particular accent chair would be floating with its back visible to those entering the room, I tucked the ends to make a seamless, connection.
Then I removed the slipcover and took it back to the sewing machine and sewed the seams together on the right side of the fabric. I wanted to get this project done fast, so I didn’t bother making any piping detail. I did sew about a 1/4 inch line all the way around to create the look of piping. After sewing the skirt on, I took the time to serge the raw edges to prevent fraying. If you do not have a serger, you can get the same effect by using a zig zag stitch on your raw edges.
I thought about ironing the finished piece, but I figured it was going to get used, so I would let it give off that shabby chic vibe. You can see that the joining of the seams in the back are not noticeable. It worked out really well and I am so pleased with the way it turned out.
Here is the finished product. Doesn’t she look pretty? To think, under this neutral slipcover, lies a dark blue velvet accent chair. Sometimes, you need to just think a little outside the box and go for it! (smile)
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