Lovely comments

  1. I just wanted to let you know that I think you did a FANTASTIC JOB!! It looks amazing. How proud was your husband??!! Kudos to you on a job well done!

  2. I think it turned out amazing! My mom paid A LOT of money to have slipcovers made for her wingback chairs…so you should be counting all the money that you were able to keep in your pockets!

  3. wow it looks amazing. I have a three seater and a two seater and dream of making slipcover. you inspired me i might give it a try!!!

  4. This is incredible. I am so impressed! You really thought it all out right down to where to put the velcro and why. I am having major skills envy right now!

  5. You are making me want to make one for my couch who's fabric is slowly ripping apart. Thanks!

  6. I really like it! We have a similar chair in our living room that is kinda ugly…maybe one day I'll get brave and do something like this. The zippers intimidate me… :o)

  7. Great job, Heidi! Your slipcover looks fantastic. I've been thinking of making one for my rocking lounge/nursing chair but the curves of the arms frighten me. I think I might actually take it on now. I can't wait to see how your couch turns out.

  8. Wow! This really does look amazing! I love the little pleats around the bottom! So pretty! Great job Heidi!

  9. you're a genius! detachable pleated skirt, seriously, a genius. I wish you'd come teach me how to sew.

  10. Awesome job! Your chair looks fabulous. Great job on your first slipcover. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  11. This is fantastic! I have a $20 couch with some aesthetic damage that I've been meaning to recover; you've definitely inspired me!

  12. omygosh! it's absolutely fabulous! i can't believe this is your first slipcover! i'll be featuring you tomorrow! lovely!

  13. I admire your braveness. I have been wanting to do my wing chair, also, but I still don't feel confident. Your encouraging words are helpful. Thanks for sharing.

  14. You did an AWESOME job on your slipcover! I saw we were featured together on Pink and Polka Dot's Friday's Featured Slipcovers how fun! Love what you did! You got skills Girl!

  15. popped over from Pinkandpolkadot.
    You did a great job with your slipcover and you totally rocked the zipper on the cushion!
    Loved your idea with detachable velcro for the pleats. Very clever.

  16. I have been checking out a few of your article stories and I must say pretty clever stuff. I will definitely bookmark your blog. Thank you very much.

  17. oh my gosh! soo amazing! i have 2 wingback chairs i am getting ready to inherit from my grandpa’s house, and i was contemplating making them. this makes me think i may be able to handle it! a lot of work, but oh so worth it!

    • Ya-I’m not gonna lie it was easy at first but then since I had too much bravado I started messing up, making it a lot harder! Anyway just go for it but don’t just wing it! No pun intended. 🙂

  18. I think you did a fabulous job!!!! I tried to make a slip cover several years ago and I had the worst problem trying to figure out how the back of the chair front, and the inside arms and seat were sewn together in the back seat corners and the sides allowing the extra inches for tuck in. I pulled it off and never figured it out!!!! I wanted to jump on it as that usually allows me to get my sillies out, but I didn’t this time; too many pins!! It is funny, that you breezed right through my most difficult part and I had no trouble with the parts you found difficult. If you or any one wishes to write and give me a hint on how to do it, I’d really appreciate it as I have two chairs to do and not much more hair available to pull out. Now mind you, I have only been sewing for 60 years.

    • Thanks Kate! Believe me, it was not as easy as maybe I made it seem. At first everything was going great and did seem pretty manageable. But I was a little over zealous with joining the wings with the arms and ended up having to piece it a bit. The other very hard part was the arms. I think I could do a better job if I were more careful! However, the best tip I can offer is to mark where you want your seams to be with a fabric pen. You have to pin it, of course, but marking the exact line really helps to figure out where EXACTLY to sew. Good luck!

  19. What a great job!!!! I have a chair exactly like that and have been afraid to tackle it. Are you at all near PA? I’d hire you to do mine. 🙂 Keep up the good work. Just happened onto this site a few minutes ago so am going to check it out more. Anxious to see pictures of the couch when done.

    • Thanks so much! I’m not near PA, I live in the west. But really, this project is manageable…I wish I’d posted a better tutorial!

  20. You have inspired me to slipcover my couch AND wingback chairs. I absolutely LOVE your step-by-step instructions. Thanks a million!

  21. This was very helpful in that you are encouraging and make mistakes. i have been reading step by step plans involving paper patterns and muslin mock ups. Too much! I’m going to get started….NOW!~

  22. Hi ! My name is Ellisann and I am new at blogging, and may I say that I am Lovin it!
    I stumbled upon your blog, while looking for instructions on making a slipcover for my couch.
    This information has been very helpful ! Your chair looks awesome, I love the ruffle!!!

    You have got it going on!!!

    Thanks soo much,


    • Thanks Ellisann! Good luck with your slipcover. I have a tutorial for slipcovering a couch on my blog as well in case you’d like to reference it.

  23. I think you did a wonderful job on the chair slip cover. It looks so bright and clean. You did outstanding work for your 1st time doing one. I have 2 couches that I want to cover the cushions only to keep them from getting so dirty from my grand-children. I have been thinking about trying to make them our of painter’s backdrop material that is cream color. I just don’t know if I could figure it out or not. Right now I am working on trying to make custom curtains for my kitchen windows. If they turn out good, maybe I will try a cushion. You inspired me.

    God Bless,

  24. Ms. Heidi I do declare between this and the couch post you have some fabulous slip cover tutorials. Can you post or email some more detailed pictures of how you used velcro on the arms of the wing chair to make everything fit tight around the wider part of the arm?? I have a couch chair set that have seen better days (bright red coincidentally) and I can’t seem to fashion an arm piece that keeps the shape but still slides over the wider top of the arm. So frustrating!

  25. Love the slipcover! Think you just inspired me. But what I want to know is how you made the crate side table in the picture on your sidebar??

    • Thanks! Are you referring to the ottoman to side table transformation? If so, just click on the picture and you can find out how I made it!

  26. The chair looks great. It was the drop cloth slip cover on here that my daughter saw and insisted that I could also do to her couch and chair. I put her off for several months but she finally won out and as it turned out I felt good about the way they turned out. I wonder if it would be a bit easier with a sheet than the drop cloth?

  27. Your chairs look amazing. I have been wanting to slipcover some wingbacks with tufted backs, but I was worried it would look weird and lumpy. Yours look great!

  28. Heidi,
    Wow! You did an amazing job! I do love the original red.
    Now I have to attempt to make one for my chair.

    P.S. I also live in Utah (West Jordan)…yay!

  29. Heidi,
    Wow! You did an amazing job! I do love the original red.
    Now I have to attempt to make one for my chair.

    P.S. I also live in Utah (West Jordan)…yay! 😀

  30. You did an AWESOME job! Impressed with how you lined up the stripes and attempted a zipper and piping too!

  31. I recently decided I would make a wing chair slipcover after finding out it would cost $325 for a slipcover and $475 to have it reupholstered. The chair is old but in good condition. Picked out my fabric, not totally sure of how much to get since it is plaid, anywhere from 6-8 yards I have been told. I was delighted to find your tips as I googled how to make a wing chair slipcover. Thanks for the idea of using a sheet as a pattern. Hoping I can match up the plaid without too much waste. I am now anxious to get started. You have given me inspirations! Thank YOU ! Jan

  32. You did an awesome job! I have dived into a chair slipcover project, myself, after putting it off for years!! My problem now is how to insert the cushion into the slipcover? It has the tee at the front like yours and I can’t slid each tee thingy into the cover! How did you get the cover on your cushion! Thanks for any tips!


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