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  1. I am so inspired!! I think I can make a slipcover for my chair and couch now. Thanks so much for all of the great ideas. Did you make your piping by sewing a piece of thread into a strip of your fabric? I saw that idea somewhere in “blogland” and it worked perfectly for a bottom hem on a dress I made for my daughter. You are so talented!


  2. That extra fabric will definitely come in handy. Having made natural duck slipcovers for a couple of chairs, between my two grown boys, hordes of their friends and two black dogs, the covers got to the point where even bleach didn’t help get rid of stains and dirt. Next time I make slipcovers I will make 2 sets of cushion covers because they get the most wear.

  3. I have reuhpolsered lots of furniture but just don’t have the nerve to make a slip cover. It is crazy. I did not know there was a pattern. Maybe it is just because my sofa and love seat have a ruffle around the bottom and attached pillows on each end. Makes me very afraid to start.

  4. How heavy were the 22 yds of fabric? I was wondering because I have to walk to the post office and back with my two boys. (I live overseas on a base).

  5. Hi!

    I am going to feature you on my Totally Inspired Tuesday segment this week! I just bought a couch for $35 since I just moved from AZ to New York and I’m on a tight budget! I have been dying for a white couch and I’m so excited/nervous to get to work on it!

    Thanks for sharing and you did an AMAZING job!

  6. Wow, this is gonna be a huge help! I have a forest green love seat that’s also really limiting my decor choices. It’ll be nice to have something more neutral!

  7. This is SOOOOO inspiring. I think I’m going to put my brave pants on and give it a try. Our couch wasn’t cheap, is very comfy but I hate the color!!!! Thanks you so much!

  8. I love the way you just ripped out the cushions- way to go!! Fear has NO place in the worls up upholstery, hahaha.I so agree you just have to go for it!! The only way to learn! Now I am popping over for the reveal- I am verrrry curious !! Found you through Bromelaid by the way .

  9. I don’t even own a sewing machine but will borrow one to do this amazing and inspiring . I just have one question, how many seperate pieces did you end up with? My concern is my couch has very big round arms and wondering how to make it look tapered from looking at the couch from a sideview.

    • I don’t have big round arms on my couch so I didn’t have to do that separate piece, but if you look at my wingchair slipcover I did cut a separate little piece to go under the arm so that it would be more tapered. Good luck!

  10. I just wanted to thank you so very much. The last and only time I made a slipcover I was 8 months pregnant with my first daughter and had my mother standing right by my side, saying “It’s ok, just cut, it’s ok”…I would still be standing there not daring to cut. My daughter is now 26 1/2 and my mother has been gone for 10 years (still hurts).
    Anyway, I had 20 yards of fabric that I got for another project that I decided against and a red couch that is very comfy but red! After searching online for tutorials for making slipcovers that were either vague or way too involved with making patterns and mock-ups with muslin, I stumbled upon your tutorial…jackpot!…clear, not fussy directions…gave me the “yeah, I can do that!” that I needed. I am not finished with it, but I just had to tell you how grateful I am you took the time to share this tutorial.

  11. I was going to reupholster, but this will be much easier. I found a tiny couch on the curb next to our daycare. The cushions are in great shape, but the fabric has been shreaded! =)

  12. How did you like working with the 10 oz. weight? Someone suggested to me that it might be to heavy/stiff for me to use for my sofa when I get around to making mine.

  13. Hi Heidi! I just wanted to thank you for this! I finished my couch slipcover over the weekend- it only took me ten months! LOL. Anyway, your tutorial was very helpful to me and I credited you on my blog post.

  14. I just found this tutorial. I have almost the same red couch…so sick of the red. I just wondered with your kids, has this fabric held up? does it wash well? are you still happy you did it in white? I love white furniture, but the reality of what the white looks like in my tiny house with 4 rowdy kids sometimes disappoints me. Just thought I would ask for an update on the fabric and how much you love the slipcover now.

    • I should definitely post about this! Look for it soon. But I’ll just say this for now: I do NOT regret it for one second. I still love my white couch.

  15. I just came across this and I want you to know that I think you are amazing. lol Seriously. I can’t put a hem in a skirt so this blows my mind. I saw the end result and WOW. Really wonderful.

  16. Just wanted to say thank you for posting this tutorial. I have almost completed my slipcover and it has been a breeze to do with your instructions. I did not use duckcloth or even white fabric but a dark brown (4 kids) and used white chalk to mark my lines where it needs sewing. I hope you don’t mind but I pinned your instructions on Pinterest.

  17. I wish I had the sewing skills to even begin attempting this. But I can’t sew to save myself. Great post though. I’ve just picked myself up a Couch Cover and have been drooling over the options there are available here. I can’t believe I could have a couch cover for every week of the year. I love changing the look of my living room with just a simple couch cover to cover my shabby old couch.

    Love your blog, keep up the great content.


  18. Just discovered this and love it!! I’m in the process of purchasing the fabric and realized I have no idea how many yards I would need for the piping. I decided to go with drop clothe from home depot for the whole slip cover and a more fancy fabric for the pillows and piping. This is for a couch similar in size to the one you have displayed and a love seat. How many yards would you suggest to purchase for the pipping and pillow fabric?
    Thanks you!

  19. Hi! I know you made your slipcover pretty much forever ago (it’s fantastic, by the way!), but I was wondering if you ended up reattaching the back cushions to the couch somehow, or if you just left them loose? Does that make sense? I want to use your tutorial to cover my sectional. Thanks! 🙂

    • No, I didn’t reattach them since I made slipcovers for each cushion. They sit up just fine on the couch though.

  20. For all of you experienced slip cover makers out there – how long would a project like this take to complete?!?! I have limited time and need to cover a sofa, a love seat and a terrible chair from the 50s that is round! THe sofa and the loveseat I am comfortable with but I am just curious – retangualr, no frills…. what sort of time frame would be a good estimate from start to finish?

    • That’s a lot of ambitious projects–if you are not experienced I would allow yourself several months to complete.

  21. What a great job. Hard to believe it’s your first one. It’s gorgeous! Was looking around to find some DIY slipcover ideas and came across yours. I’m so impressed. I just have to do it myself. Yours is the best tutorial I’ve seen yet. Thanks for being so precise.

  22. ohh my gosh thank you so much this tutorial maybe I can do this as actually pretty nervous my boyfriend really wants a white couches from Pottery Barn but since we both travel so much and got a new puppy I don’t think it’s worth investing 4000 dollars right now…butmaking this I really don’t understand the piping part do you sew it on while the fabric is inside out??? Any help would be great.. Thank u….

    • There is a tutorial on piping I believe…you sew right sides together and line up the raw edges.

  23. Great tutorial! I tried it with a really cheap material to practice and it came out pretty well. I’m going to buy a better quality fabric and try it again. Thanks!

  24. THANK YOU thank you…i never knew you could slipcover sofa with attached cushions. I admire your BRAVERY. THanks so much for sharing the tut.

  25. I’m wondering what kind of fabric you used? I’m looking for a low cot way of doing this, but that much fabric would be so expensive that I may as well buy covers.

    • Custom covers cost upwards of $300 and anything less, IMO, will be a pain to keep looking nice (with all the constant tucking). But if you want to go really cheap, I used old bedsheets to make a slipcover for my wingchair! But you could probably buy some nice duck fabric for a couch cover for less than $100.

  26. Hey Heidi! I absolutely love this and am so thankful to find this website of yours 🙂 As a college student, this saves us lots of money seeing as we can just buy a used couch and make this ourselves. I was wondering if it was possible to do all this with fabric glue instead of a sewing machine? Please let me know!!

    • I’m going to have to say no if it’s a couch that gets used a lot. The fabric glue will not hold up to multiple washings and people sitting down all the time. But you might be able to get away with it if it’s on a couch that is more ‘decorative’ or used less. And yes, you can use bed sheets! I used bed sheets to slipcover my wing chair which was maroon and the color doesn’t show through.

  27. okay… i haave a red sofa. it was a spur of the moment buy when what I WANTED was the white slip covered sofa from ikea… never settle. never ever settle. *sigh*

    So i too am plagued by a red sofa that i despise and as it is less than a year old my sweet husband is not so sweet as to let me buy a new one. *sigh* Soooo..

    Slipcovers it is.

    does the red show thru the 10oz canvas??? that’s my question. I don’t want to see the red thru it. (I’m also leaning toward making a second set and dying the canvas a nice mid tone grey, much like the ikea grey, but i also want a set of white so that i have a summer set and a winter set of slip covers…. )

  28. I have a fabric stapler that I use in making drapery. It would work great to use instead of pins! There is no pain or blood shed. This will enable you to get a great fit. There is a staple puller that is excellent for pulling out the staples when finished or as needed. A paper stapler will not work as well as most paper stapler pullers. The staples are made for the fabric and not blunt cut like the ones for paper. Buying one of these will change your life. By the way…. you CAN use this stapler on paper too! You can order from Rowley Happy Sewing!

  29. Omg I was so excited to find this tutorial! Ive always wanted a white couch but with a 1 year old running around I never dreamed it would be possible. Is there anyway to make this cover without ripping off the back cushions?

  30. Thank you for this! My husband and I are young-ish newly weds living on his budget while I’m in school. We bought our 1962 home along with the old furniture! (The previous owner was put in a nursing home). I am trying to put together ideas on creating our “dream home” with what we have rather than buying new. I’ve had my eye on the Ikea Ektorp sofa for a while since it’s at such a great price until taking a good look at my couch and love seat thinking, “The shape on this is good! I could just make a slipcover!” That lead to a Google search and Google lead me here. You have no idea how much you have blessed me with this tutorial! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    • You can do it for sure! I actually own the IKEA ektorp also and I love it. I will probably only buy the ikea slipcovered couches from now on because they are comfortable, inexpensive, hold up well, and the slipcovers are readily available and affordable.

  31. We just bought leather couch and loveseat, with recliners on ends of both, bought several diff. kinds of covers, none work. We have 2 dogs, they stay locked in the washroom when we have to leave, I don’t know how to make covers that will stay on so my dogs can come back inside.

    • Recliners are very difficult to make a slipcover for…so I don’t have a lot of advice. Sorry!

  32. Thank you so kuch for showing this. I am going to cover a chair designed like your sofa and I have the courage and instruction now to do it! Thanks!

  33. I just bought a couch for $10 at a garage sale and I’m super excited to make a slipcover for it now! Thank you so much for clear and easy directions! This single mom of five needs all the help I can get. 🙂

  34. I would love to know, how much slipping your slip cover does. Do you have to straighten it daily? Weekly?

  35. I too have a red sofa and I absolutely love it, except its red!! the cushions on the back are simply overstuffed pillows and I bought dropcloths instead of spending all that money on fabric. I’ve probably read this post 100 times and after a few months of just thinking I finally preshunk the canvas this morning and will begin at least cutting and pinning tomorrow. I’m terrified! I’ve only made a few outfits for my daughter from patterns and have never done anything on this scale and def never anything without a pattern! Wanted to let you know that you have the BEST tutorial by far online! The only reason I bought the sofa is bc I had see your tutorial beforehand, and it instilled some confidence in myself! Still not sure about the zipper though. I think I would be more comfortable doing an envelope cover, but I doubt that would even work for the bottom cushions, because. they are “box” shaped. Thanks again for this!

    • The zipper is really not hard–go for it! If you’re nervous, just practice on scraps first. Good luck!

  36. Your chair slipcover look really great. I think I am going to do that to my couch in stead of getting rid of it thanks for this idea.

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  38. I am a fabricator who owns a business making slipcovers.for years I removed semi attached cushions
    The way you did. May I suggest you use scissors and cut them off through the back side of the cushion.
    This way, the sofa back remains intact. Damage to the cushion cover bottom doesn’t matter because you are covering it anew. Saves time and labor!!

    Gretchen Decorator Slipcovers. Or Gretchen custom slipcovers


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