Slipcovered…

Yay…it worked!!! As you know I was attempting to slipcover our beat up sofas. I bit the bullet and done the deed. Yesterday, along with our little Mason turning 3, I covered the seat cushions and back cushions. Then today tackled the rest of the sofa while Mason slept. I thought I would show you how it went down….and all for $68.00!!! This is what I started with – a comfortable sofa with age tattered fabric.

I draped the fabric, which is a drop sheet from the hardware store that looks like the beautiful burlap linen I have (but much cheaper), over the top of the sofa base and used the front as a guide to start me off.
Once I was happy with that I put some pins along the back of the sofa to hold it in place.

The same was done along the arms of the sofa. I also drew little guides where the corners are to make it a little easier when the cutting, pinning and sewing began. Then all I done was traced along the edges and grooves of the sofa, matched up the lines and pinned.

Once I was happy with that, I put the cover back on the sofa to get the hem right, sewed that and here is the base cover finished.
And here it is with the back and base cushions on. This photo is really brassy looking because I forgot to take one in the daylight, so had to use the flash and Mic was sitting on it, so I didn’t get to fix the cushions for the photo…but I hope you get the picture.
So, after all of that (and a quote of approx $2500.00+ for the two sofas to be covered) it only cost me $68.00 and 5 hours time over 2 days…and I even have enough fabric left to do the other sofa! Now I can have my cup of Coffee in this lovely squishy “new” sofa.
Next thing to do is make my cushion covers with the new fabric I bought while in Sydney to go on the sofa. As soon as I have done that I will post photos of the room (I made new curtains too).
I would love to know what you all think.
Ness xx

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  • Incredible, Ness! You’ve done an amazing job on the slipcovers. Bravo to you!

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  • Ness, this looks fantastic! Is there anything that you can’t do?!? Lee 🙂

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  • Your sofa looks fantastic! What a huge savings too.

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  • Love it! I’m inspired – thanks for the step-by-step.

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  • Fabulous job. You have made it look so easy.. justmaybe I could try it too. Did you put zips in your cushions??
    Maybe you would rather a holiday over here in Victoria and just cover my sofas for me!!LOL
    Alison

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  • It was really easy Alison. I am sure you would be able to do it. I did use zippers for the cushions…I just recycled the ones from the old fabric as it went with the colour of the fabric.

    I am thinking I should add upholstery services to my C.V!!
    Ness xx

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  • A magnificent job! I could never figure this out or have your patience. Enjoy your morning coffee. Nothing more enjoyable than a job well done!

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  • oh it’s amazing! I wish I could do it! good for you!

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  • kudos to you! Great job! Wish you lived near me…I’d bribe you into making a chair cover for me!

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  • You did such a great job! You’ve inspired me to get started on some projects I’ve been putting off…looking forward to seeing the rest of your transformations! Nice work!
    Stella

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  • You are so clever – well done! Great idea using a drop sheet too! Thanks for all your photos, it helps us less talented figure out how to do same. Thanks Ness…
    Lisa xx

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  • It’s absolutely amazing, Ness! Lovely work and such ingenuity – good for you!

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  • Bravo my friend – you did a marvelous job!
    xx

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  • A job well done…they look perfect! And now all that money you saved left to spend on other things. 🙂
    marcie

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  • Hello – I had to leave a note for your to say how wonderful your blog is and how much I’ve enjoyed reading your posts. They are creative, interesting and unique – and your photo’s are divine too ! Best wishes and thank you for sharing them …

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  • Hats off and a deep bow. That is a fantastic job and with your savings some nice French furniture should be order1 Hahaha. Really, that was something else…great job Ness.

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  • great job!! i am glad you took my advice to use the dropcloths. so much yardage for the money and really has the look you wanted. you can use the money you saved for wonderful treasures! yippie! keep the great posts coming! all the best, erin

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  • You did an incredible job- wow!! I’ve been doing quite a bit of sewing myself lately and managed a chair slipcover but this project of yours takes the cake. I also love using drop cloths for my projects.
    Happy Monday!

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  • looks fantastic! great job 🙂

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  • Wow, wonderful job. I love the material you used.

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  • Way to go!
    Looks fabulous.
    ~finds~

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  • Love it! I too have found the thrify but not thrifty look of the drop cloth, washed it is perfect linen fabric!
    Wprks well and already has the timeworn feel to the fabric!
    Good job!
    Leslie

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  • Congratulations Ness! Well-done!

    Greet

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  • Clever girl Ness, xv.

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  • I am impressed! I need to slipcover a few things myself. I am really loving the drop cloth idea (seamless…great)and it really does look like a nice textured burlap fabric. It is an inspiration!

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  • Amazing, awesome, incredible, just too cool!!! Oh how I wish I could sew…

    🙂 T

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  • Wow! That is a phenomenal project — especially in such a short amount of time. You make it look so easy!

    I currently have a couch that is two different colors — thanks so to an amazing (really amazing!) sale at the pottery barn outlet. I’ve had the fabric for over a year to cover it, but I’m dragging my feet.

    This might be the perfect push I need to conquer it! Thanks so much for posting the project!

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  • This is amazing. To think of the $$ you saved. Well done.

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  • You did that yourself?? Holy hannah!!! (and I was impressed by the cushions! lol!)

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  • Wow! Your slipcover turned out so beautiful. I wish I could do that! I have an old sofa that badly needs a cover too. (*sigh*)
    Love your blog, thanks for sharing!
    sushikaydesigns@blogspot.com

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  • beautiful!!!! and what a price!!! 5 hours is so short too!!! wow

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  • yes it looks professional! good saving you can use elsewhere now…

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  • I am really impressed. I have put this off for SO long. Years in fact. You made it look easy!

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  • Wow, $68.00! I am so impressed. I have often wondered how difficult it would be to slip cover something. Now, you’ve inspired me. Way to go!

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  • I have two wingbacks in my living room right now that are 1/2 covered in the same dropcloth. If you can get it done in one day, I can stop procrastinating and finish this project already. Thanks!

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  • That was practically done, and now your sofa looks new again and who would know it’s been there for ages. I never wanted a sofa sofa in our living room. I only have wooden chairs which is only covered with chair pillows. – Juicy Couture outlet stores in California.

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