Before Christmas I made slip covers for the couch and chair in our living room, and made some feather pillows for the couch. The furniture had belonged to my Grandmas and they were a gold/green that several of my friends thought was an awesome color. It wasn’t terrible and I lived with it for over half a year. But I really wanted my furniture white, and when I got invited to be part of a Holiday House Walk I knew I had to get my living room looking like I really wanted it to look.
And after. I used white duck cloth for the couch. I bought 10 yards of fabric and it took all of it to cover this couch! And that didn’t include the ruffle or the pillows. The ruffle and pillows are made of white Belgian linen that I’ve had on hand for a while just waiting for the right project to use it on.
Since there wasn’t enough duck cloth to do the chair too, and I didn’t want to make another trip to the fabric store I decided to use this grey striped linen that I’ve been hoarding for a few years. I love this linen and I made a couple of things out of it but the bulk of it has been languishing in my fabric stash. I decided this was the perfect project for it – I would be able to enjoy the fabric I loved every single day. The ruffle is the same Belgian linen as the ruffle on the couch.
Linen is my favorite fabric to work with. It has enough body to drape nicely, it sews up wonderfully and it looks good a bit rumpled. Perfect for slipcovers. It also washes up beautifully too.
So I pulled out 2 king size bed pillows I wasn’t using. I bought them at IKEA to use on our bed just for looks when the bed was made. But I ended up not liking the look all that well and wasn’t really using them. I made 3 pillow shams out of drop cloth fabric and stuffed them with the feathers from the big pillows.
I would totally recommend this option if you can’t find feather inserts the size you want for a reasonable price. The bed pillows were only $10 each if I remember right. HOWEVER! I would NOT recommend making your inserts out of drop cloth. The drop cloth is not woven tight enough and the feathers are quite rapidly finding their way through the insert and the covers I made and making a mess I would recommend buying a very tight woven cotton or polyester fabric to use to make the inserts, then fill with feathers.
Prepare to make a mess. Use a large uncluttered surface if possible and do this during nap time or after the kids are in bed for the night. Or when they are at Grandma’s. Or have your husband take them out for supper. Anything that keeps them out-of-the-way till the project is finished and the mess is cleaned up!
Feathers drift and fly EVERYWHERE.
Don’t even try to keep things neat and no feathers on the floor. Just get the job done as quickly as possible and then clean up. You will sweep and sweep and sweep. And then you will sweep and sweep and sweep some more. And some more. But it is worth it in the end if it saves you some money
I have discovered since then that IKEA carries a 26×26 feather insert. For $12.99. I will be purchasing 3 of them my next trip there. And I will do something else with these feathers at a later date! At least my couch looked like I wanted it to for the holidays! And it isn’t so horrible it isn’t livable for a few more weeks till I get to IKEA again after I have the money saved for the new shams
And for a few other slip cover projects I’ve done in the past I’ve added some pics with links to the posts about them. I didn’t realize just how many slip cover projects I’ve done over the past few years!
Ottoman Slipcovers – more than one fabric and style so go check out the original post!
One of my first slip covered chairs. You must go see the before in the original post!
First slip cover project for someone else! The ruffled ottoman, the couch and the chair in the next pic!
This chair and ottoman is still one of my favorites. I just love how the finished project looked. I really wanted to keep this one!
These chairs are covered in white duck cloth. It was this project and the next one that I did for a client that made me want my own couch covered in duck cloth.
This couch goes so cute with the chairs above.
There have been others that I don’t have pics of now. I have slip covered 2 other couches and a love seat of my own in the past and a chair and ottoman for a friend. And several other ottomans along the way that I’ve either sold or done for friends. And I have a couple of slip cover projects on my calendar for this year
Do you have slip covers? Did you buy them? Make them? Have them made? What do you like/dislike about your slipcovers?
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