Monday, September 13, 2010

Slipcover Love

In April, I declared my goal of making a slipcover for this love seat.  April - that was 4 and a half months ago!  I finally finished and am so proud of myself - lots of pictures are coming!!
Before:
After:

I finally finished.  With every seam, I pinned, then basted, then dragged it back to the loveseat to see if it worked, then stitched it, trimmed the seams and finished the edges.  Over and over, back and forth from the couch to my sewing machine.
My goal was to do one seam a day.  That doesn't seem like much, but it was attainable (most days).
The piping totally makes it.  I bought cording and cut fabric strips on the bias to cover it.  Totally worth it.

Oh yes, I did sew zippers on the back sides!  Don't you just want to trim that little thread?
So many details.




It turned out exactly how I planned.  I even impressed Tom.  We were walking through PB and I showed him an example of the slipcover I was aiming for.  He said "Do you really think you can do this?  And make it look like this?  Cause I think that looks pretty cool if you can do it."

I got the loveseat from a friend who was looking to get rid of it.  We traded some monogramming for the couch - I still think I owe her more, but she assures me she is happy with the transaction.  I spent $70 for the fabric and $5 for the cording.  There is probably 1 1/2 yards left over. 
Pottery Barn's version (which is a couch, not a love seat) is $879!  Mine totalled $75.

I have the perfect spot for it - in our office between the bookshelves.  It fits perfectly, but the molding isn't up yet so it sits on our Master Bedroom until we get to it.  Meanwhile, I'm planning on making my second slipcover for the wingchair I showed Friday and today I've been staring at our living room couch wondering  . . .

51 comments:

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

You did an amazing job! The arms look great with the tucks and you put in a zipper? Wow, perfect! Janell

Jamie said...

It looks so nice! Great job. Enjoy your "new" loveseat!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It looks fabulous. You did such an amazing and professional job. Perfect. You should be so proud. Hugs, Marty

Cheryl @ a pretty cool life. said...

Impressive!!

Tam said...

Amazing! It looks fantastic! I can't wait to see the wingback chair :)

Frugal Home Designs said...

Great job. That looks AMAZING!!

Karen said...

ABSOLUTELY A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.! I am so impressed...and envious....wish I could do that!

Amberly said...

I chuckled to myself when I read that you have had it since April and just finished because I have lived in my house since March and I have exactly 6 things hanging on my walls, not one window treatment up and I still haven't found the box with the shower curtains. My boys just have a liner up. And - I am totally okay with it. I would never even consider making my own slip cover, I am totally impressed!

Emily said...

Laurel it's absolutely perfect! I love the pleating around the arms, and you're right, the piping makes the sofa. I am incredibly impressed.

Jennifer@SweetSimplicity said...

Wow Laurel! This is total perfection.

Cheryl said...

Laurel, you did an awesome job on this slipcover! I agree the piping really finishes it off. And I am applauding you over here with zippers on the back. I would so chicken out and do velcro

Kristen said...

It looks fantastic Laurel! I'm in awe of your sewing skills!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I. love. it. It looks like you brought it straight home from the store. Wow!

Jamie said...

Wow, wow, wow! It looks wonderful!!!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Holy moley! This looks amazing. Love the color, the zipper, the shape, the cording. I just cannot believe you did this yourself. Amazing! You should do this for a living.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Are you kidding me with this? You are amazing! I wouldn't even know where to begin! Wonderful job!
XO
Kristin

edeenut said...

good job, it looks just perfect.

Leigh said...

Wow, that is insane! The pleating, dust skirt, piping- amazingly impressive.

Jesse said...

It looks A-mazing!! Fabulous job!!

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Laurel!!! You are amazing. I hope someday to get to a point that I could try a project like that. It is FANTASTIC!!! WOW!

xox
Jen

Julia said...

You did such a BEAUTIFUL job!! Wow! I love it:)!!

~Julia

Amber M. said...

Laurel. Amazing.

Chris said...

Holy schmoly. I would love to do the same for our loveseat...now to get up the gumption.

rainbowcreek said...

That turned out exactly how I am dreaming mine will, one of these days! Beautiful job! I have the 2 cushion "Charleston" look alike sofa in blue denim and I want a white one sooooo bad. Patience really is a virtue...

Sue said...

Wow, you are very good! It looks way better than PB's.

You sold me; I'm your newest follower, lol!

Sue
xo

mle said...

Hi Laurel! Your slipcover looks so fantastic!! It's exactly what I've wished for my couch for 4 months... & several years!!! : ) I'm chicken
btw I peeked at your blog & love your CL tips. Glad it's worked out so well for you - your finds are pretty amazing!

Lisa said...

Wow! That is one HUGE undertaking. I have to admit I doubt I will ever try to make a slip cover, it just looks too complicated. I admire your determination and talent!

Sharon@thisthriftyhouse said...

Wow!! I AM impressed!! It looks SO PROFESSIONAL!! I am too chicken to tackle a project that big!! You are amazing!

nancycreative said...

You did a beautiful job on your sofa! It looks so comfy, too!

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

Gorgeous!

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MessyMissy said...

Seriously?? You've got some talent and some patience. Some guts, too....I could never pull off a white couch and keep it clean. ;-)

Sharstin said...

wow!! you are amazing~ it turned out fabulous--love love!

Annastacia said...

Wow that is amazing! Just this week the idea of slipcovering our couch and loveseat popped into my head and I can't seem to shake it! Would you think about doing a tutorial? Great job, seriously it's gorgeous!

Debra said...

Wow! I am really impressed. It looks great. Such an improvement over the before.

Vicky said...

Wow. the first time i visited your blog you announced this project. It looks absolutely amazing... Do you want to make one for my couch?

Kristi~The Slipcover Girl said...

A zipper? FAB.U.LOUS. What an amazing job you did! I love it! and I especially love the price as compared to PB! Can't wait to see your sofa slip;0)

Jess said...

wow. just-WOW!!

Inspired by you said...

Fantastic job! I remember doing my sofa slipcover. It is quite an accomplishment. I hope you are kicking up your feet and enjoying it!

Jenni said...

You did a fabulous job! I have the same job on my to-do list, only it's a loveseat and a chair. I wish I were done and that they looked this good.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Love it! I have made several slipcovers, but yours looks professional, especially with the zippers. I like how you took your time and I think that is reflected in the great result. I need to learn to sloooow down.

Chris said...

You SEWED that?? I have such respect for anyone who can attempt something this intimidating! It's beautiful! Well done!

One Shabby Old House said...

You did one of the nicest jobs I have seen. Taking the time made yours perfect. So will you give advise when I attempt one?
Hugs
Becky

C'est Magnifique said...

Wow! I'm impressed, it looks great! My mom and I recently did a similar slipcover for my couch... you're right it is a LOT of work... back and forth... sewing machine to couch! I love the zippers you put in the back, great idea... we put a pleat in the center back so it would have some more "give" when putting it on and taking it off.

Tania

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

It's like you've earned your blogger's master's degree! The slipcover looks amazing~you really did a professional job!

Jenni said...

Wow, the slipcover is AMAZING! You did such a wonderful job on it, and it looks perfect and every bit as good as the PB version, too! :)

Cottage Blue Designs said...

I LOVE slipcovers!!! I just wrote about slipcovers this week: http://cottagebluedesigns.blogspot.com/

I am super duper impressed that you sewed that slipcover yourself! I have attempted to do it and it is very difficult! I am now resigned to making ottoman slipcovers- that I can do! :)

Have a wonderful day- Megan

Meghan said...

This looks so great. Any tips or tricks for how to do it? I've been meaning to slipcover my sofa for longer than I care to admit, but I'm so intimidated to tackle such a big project.

Jo Ann Laurencio said...

A.MAZING! Great Job!

Unknown said...

What kind of fabric did you use? "Cotton duck"? Canvas? (Maybe they're the same thing) How wide (selvedge to selvedge) was the fabric you used?

Unknown said...

Are they made from cotton twill? Thanks.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

They are made of canvas twill - 54" wide.

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