7.06.2009

Slipcover Love~

If you're dropping by for the first time from Do-It-Yourself day at Kimba's place, welcome! Hope you'll take a minute to look around the Shabby Nest. So glad to have you here.

Some of you may remember this sweet little curbside find that I brought home a few months back. Cute, but lacking a certain something. I had plans to slipcover this baby, but I was having a hard time deciding what fabric to use.



Then I had one of those lightbulb moments. When I was making the drop cloth curtains for my dining room, one of the cloths I purchased had a seam running through the fabric about 18" into one end. Rather than returning it, I kept it knowing that I would come up with a use for it. Then it dawned on me...a slipcover for my little chair!
My cute friend Trisha (who happens to be an awesome seamstress) came over on Friday and we set to work. Luckily, the chair has fairly straight lines, so although she guided me, she let me do a lot - not all - of the work. Below is the only in-the-process photo I took (Helllllllo? Do I have a decor blog or what? Where was my brain?)



And here she is in all her glory! I had to add a little extra stuffing to the cushion, then I popped my #4 pillow - available in my Etsy store- on the back...and it is the perfect finishing touch for my boys' reading nook. Oh what a little slipcover can do! Thanks Trisha for all your help!

Have a great Monday~

31 comments:

My name is Cheryl said...

Looks fabulous. I have a wing chair on my project list that I want to slipcover. Not as straightlined as your chair, but I am going to give it a go. I also am going to use a drop cloth as well. I like the color and texture of the dropcloth, plus there will be no love loss if it doesn't turn out so great.

Darlene said...

That turned out GREAT! What a perfect reading spot!♥

Kelsee said...

This is so awesome! I have a chair that I want to make a slip cover for, but I can't find a pattern! This is awesome. Might have to have my mom come over and help me. Thank you for the inspiration! -Kelsee

Caroline said...

I really wish I could learn to do this. Have always wanted to try it. Yours turned out great and what an inventive way to repurpose something.

Amber said...

Great job on the slipcover! I wish I had the ability to make one for my curbside wingback find. I was too chicken to try it on my own and I went ahead and just ordered one. Yours looks fabulous! I love your pillows too!

TheOldPostRoad said...

Great job! I have a chair I should be ashamed to let anyone see - maybe after vacation..............

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Looks Awesome! You never cease to amaze me! I so wish I could sew!

Christy said...

Wow that looks great! I've always wanted to learn how to make slip covers but it's so intimidating (at least to me).

Deserae said...

Ohhhh.....that turned out totally fabulous! Love it! The uses for drop cloths is never ending! LOL
~Des

Jessica - {LivingBetterTogether} said...

What an awesome turnout!!! Love it!

Jo said...

It looks great! I wish I was as talented. I have a chair that I want to slip cover but I'm going to have to find someone to do it for me since I wouldn't even know where to begin.

Jo

Kimm at Reinvented said...

I love it. I'm sure the canvas will make for a very durable slipcover, handling whatever those boys can dish out!

LuLu said...

You know I love slipcover! It turned out so cute!! I love it!! and the pillow looks too cute!
LuLu

Meg @ Therapy By Decorating said...

I'm in the middle of making a drop cloth slipcover for my badly stained sofa. I thought I might be a little crazy using a drop cloth but I'm so glad someone else thinks like me and sees it as perfectly normal. I'll post pics as soon as it's finished! Thanks for the encouragement!

~Meg

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

Turned out so cute! I just thought this same idea a couple of weeks ago for my family room sofa and chair. I have a micro fiber red fabric I love, but I thought to add change in seasons I would make slipcovers for them and then I can change the look when I want. Using dropcloths would be inexpensive and a good fabric for my family...since I will be washing them a lot! lol. I love how is turned out!

Hugs to you,
~Victoria~

funky bag freak said...

Holy cannoli's it's beautiful!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Cute!! :) Wish I knew how to do a slip cover. :)

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Meg! Can't wait to see your finished product!

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Yippeeee for you~! I just love this. I love slipcovers and yours turned out soooo good. YOu must be so happy. I'm enjoying watching all the stuff you are doing! Great ideas, great pictures and just great eye candy! Big smile.
Blessings,
Debbie

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

wendy - AB FAB!

I think there must be a how-to somewhere!!!

xoxo

Teresa said...

I love to use drop cloths- your little chair is to die for- perfect.
Thanks for the idea.

Restyled Home said...

I love it! I just took one of my comfy living room chairs to my seamstress last night. I have a few fun things in mind (trims and detialing and the like) so I can't wait to see how it turns out!

Yours is lovely, and you must be so proud that you are talented enought to do it (almost) by yourself!

Love that number pillow!!

Leen said...

It's perfect!

Shannon said...

It looks great! I am also loving your drop cloth curtains!

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

It looks adorable! Perfect for curling up in with a book.

~ Sarah

Sara said...

Looks great! I've been a chicken when it comes to slipcovers even though I am a fairly decent seamstress...maybe it's the patience factor.

Jen Kershner said...

Your chair is perfection! I wish I wasn't so intimidated by the thought of making a slipcover!

About Me said...

Hi Wendy, Just found your blog. Love your creativity!! What fun is it to create, redo, inspire all on the cheap. You go Girl!!!
I am a fan. Claire, thehogshed.com

its so very cheri said...

You did a great job and I love the fabric choice. and the number on the pillow-I love numbers and letters.

Cheri

Morning T said...

Great job, I love it! Thanks for the inspiration, I've been considering making my own slipcovers as well and after seeing how cute yours turned out I think I'll give it a go.

Kammy said...

Hello !
First time I think I have been here...love your slipcover ! I am so addicted to doing projects and posting them !
Hugs ~ Kammy