Previous Slipcover Work - Part II

From the previous point in the project it took me a year to come back to it. I resumed work on the slipcover in April of this year. :-)

I dug out my muslim pattern pieces and tried to remember what the different pieces were. Fortunately I did do a good job of marking them so I was able to figure out what everything was. I started planning my cutting by placing the pattern pieces on the fabric.
I sewed the pieces together as I cut them and pretty soon I had the back cushions and one armrest completely sewn up. I had purchased a few bundles of a coral pink trim at the same discount store that I bought the fabric at. I had no idea how much I would need so I just bought all I could find in the same color. It was also super discounted so I stocked up.
I put trim down the center back seam and used it to edge the front of the armrests. Ultimately the only other places that I put the trim on was on the two side gusset pieces and on the top of the skirt piece which goes all around the sofa. I had bunches of the trim left.
I think the trimming added a great touch. Here is a closer look at the armrest. At the top right, if you look close, you can see the trimming on the gusset piece.
Here I am measuring out a strip of fabric right on the couch to make the piece that covers the front board. If this had been a regular sofa as opposed to a sleeper, this piece would have covered the whole seat area.
I did a lot of pin fitting as I sewed the parts together. I’m sold on this technique. I think it saves a lot of time in the long run, though it is a bit tedious.
I had fun finally seeing the slipcover starting to take shape.

Comments (2) to “Previous Slipcover Work - Part II”

  1. I have been sitting on the fence wanting to make slip covers. Your excellent photos have inspired me to use the bolts of fabric that have been waiting! I need a new not too expensive sewing machine$250 range. Did you wash the fabric first? Did you finish raw edges so they don’t fray when washed?

  2. Hi Sharon!

    I did use my serger to finish all the raw edges, mostly just because I think it looks neater. I didn’t really plan to ever wash the slipcover myself, just send it to the cleaners when necessary.
    Like most decorator fabrics I didn’t think this one would stand up very well to washing.

    I love the idea of making wash and wear slipcovers, most likely in some kind of heavy off white material, like duck or denim. In this case I would certainly prewash the material and finish edges.

    Good luck with your project and thanks for stopping by!


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