Hey there awesome Friends!! Today is a fun day because on the fourth Thursday of each month, not only do I share a furniture makeover, so do my Furniture Fixer Upper Friends! Be sure to look for the links to their makeovers at the bottom.
My project for today is this yellow sofa my Mother-in-law passed on to my husband before we were married:
It is not really my style, but my MIL does not buy cheap furniture and let me tell you, this sofa is the most comfortable spot to sit in our in entire house! Plus it is the perfect size for our master bedroom, so I knew I wanted to be able to keep it somehow AND make it go with my style.
Slipcover to the rescue!
I love the look of this sweet sofa now!
It pairs perfectly with my striped ticking chairs I upholstered not too long ago…
This still qualifies as a furniture makeover, right?
I use the term “simple slipcover” loosely as I know not everyone would consider this a simple project. However, it has no piping and comparing it to the sectional slipcover I tackled a couple of years ago (NOT simple), it was much easier!
I put together a quick rundown to show how this slipcover came together.
I started by washing my fabric on the same settings I would be washing my new slipcover in the future. I used 10 yards of White Bull Denim I purchased from JoAnn Fabrics.
- First I draped my fabric right-side-down across the back and down the front.
- Making that first cut is super daunting, but just be sure to give yourself a couple of inches extra all along the area you want to cover. You can trim the excess later. I followed the existing seam lines.
- The next cuts I made were the inside panels of the sides.
- Then I pinned the inside seams.
- I also pinned the edges of the arms where the fabric gathers.
- Then I sewed the seams I had pinned.
- I put the slipcover back on inside out and did a test-fit. It’s easy enough at this point to pick out any seams that aren’t quite right and fix them. I then pinned a piece across the bottom of the front.
- Then I added one long piece across the sides and back.
- I sewed the seams I had pinned. Then I trimmed across the front where I wanted to add a pleated ruffle trim. (I used a pencil and a ruler to mark where I wanted to cut the fabric first.)
- All cut and awkward looking.
- Next I made my pleated trim. For more detailed instructions on how I made it, visit this tutorial. After I had my pleats pinned, I sewed a quick stitch across the top to hold the pleats in place so I could remove the pins.
- Then I pinned the pleated trim detail in place (with the cover was right-side-out), and sewed it.
The last part of the base slipcover was to hem the sides and back, which I pinned in place while it was on the sofa.
The final piece of the puzzle was the cushion cover. Since this was an odd shaped cushion, it wasn’t as easy as just measuring. I could have made a pattern from paper, but I decided to attach my fabric with pins to the cushion all the way around right where the original seam was. Then I cut 1/4″ larger all the way around. My fabric was doubled so I cut the top and bottom out at the same time.
I measured for the pieces for the sides, cutting a separate piece for across the back where the zipper would go. That required two pieces so the zipper could be sandwiched in between.
See my slipcover tutorial for more on covering cushions and adding piping and zippers HERE.
After your slipcover has been test fit and is good to go, trim all the excess fabric and run a zig-zag stitch along all the cut edges to prevent fraying in the wash. I also went back and sewed the seams flat along all of the edges, creating a double seam:
This makes all the seams lay nice and flat when you aren’t adding piping.
The pillows all came from HomeGoods.
Here’s a close up of how those gathered arms look:
If you have a more traditional styled rolled-arm, see my sectional slipcover tutorial for how to tackle those HERE.
The back is against a wall so I just let the fabric hang straight.
…probably should have ironed it. 😉
I just love how cute this little sofa is now!
See my detailed Sectional Slipcover Tutorial HERE.
Check out my Armless Accent Chair slipcover HERE.
My friends are sharing furniture makeovers too…check out the afters at the links below the image. (I think Marie and I missed the memo that there was a desk theme! 😉 )
Want more furniture makeover inspiration? Visit all my Furniture Fixer Upper makeovers HERE.
I’ll be back on Tuesday with an old favorite:
UPDATE: See how this dated dresser turned out HERE!
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