I know, your jaws are just dropping, right?!! How awesome does that look?!Okay here’s the truth. I do think it looks amazing. Really. I find myself admiring my work several times a day. But this wing chair slipcover is NOT without mistakes and flaws!! I spent much longer working on it than I thought. Let me take you through my journey…
Remember how I pinned on some sheets for a temporary slipcover? I was planning on buying some real canvas fabric to make a slipcover, which I would get to AFTER I got through my many multiple other projects. But like I said, the chair was just taunting me over and over to just make a slipcover already! And I thought, “Hmm…maybe I should just use that sheet!” I liked the look of the satin stripes on it and I had a matching fitted sheet. They were sheets we’d had for a long time.
Could I do it with the two sheets?
(I’m from Utah so I can say that.)
Here’s the original chair, to refresh your memory. (A great Goodwill find for $20!)
I didn’t take step by step photos because I’ve never done this before and let’s be honest…it was a very unprofessional journey! But basically how I started was by cutting out pieces to the approximate shape and pinning the pieces together, rights sides inward. I left extra room in the places where I knew I would be tucking so the slipcover would look more fitted. I wrote on it with erasable fabric pen to label the pieces. And for the curvy pieces, I traced around it with the pen and cut two (one for each side.) I sewed a couple of pleats in the top of the ‘wing’ so that it would fit nicely around the curve.
For the cushion, I traced around the cushion shape with the fabric pen and cut out two. I measured the height and cut two long strips (one to go around and one for the zipper piece.) The zipper was freaking easy to put it…do NOT be intimidated by zippers! Conquer your fear!!! And clearly it’s not smooth and pretty but I didn’t care because it would be hidden.
I loved the pleated skirt but I knew I wouldn’t want to iron those every time I washed the slipcover, so I made it detachable with velcro going all the way around.
I made the back fit snugly by putting velcro on both sides. Works great because I can undo the velcro and easily take the slipcover off, but then it looks tight and secure when it’s fastened. And with the pleated skirt you can’t even see them!
The wings were actually not that tricky. I opted to not do piping down the wing, mostly because I had just run out and didn’t want to get more.
If you look closely in this picture, you can see my biggest mistake. The biggest and most troublesome area was the ‘armpit’ of the chair…where the arm meets the wing. I had clipped the fabric after sewing it but realized I had made the seam too small. So I had to go back and add in more fabric. It’s not really noticeable and it fit much better after. The other hard part was the front of the arms, mostly because of the curves. And I could have sworn I cut them with straight stripes!! But apparently not.
Overall, I think it was a very successful first slipcover. And it was a wing chair slipcover!
And I learned SO much while doing it. You HAVE to take on big projects from time to time in order to expand your skills!
After I finished with this slipcover, I have decided that YES, I AM going to make my couch slipcover! I actually think it will be easier than the chair, simple because my couch has way fewer curves. I have a precise plan of attack, and I will definitely be sure to take a ton of step-by-step pictures.
What do you think?
Did I do a good job? 🙂
UPDATE: Since this post I have completed my Couch Slipcover! There are much more detailed instructions in the Slipcover Post Series I wrote. If you want to see how I did this, please come visit these links and pin them for future reference!