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Easy Quick Fix for a Battered Couch

Trying to fend off the inevitable purchase, an old couch with good bones gets a little help.
The Victim. Years of allowing the dogs on the couch resulted in this...
The upholstery fabric we were able to find at a 60% discount - whee! The total for 1 3/4 yard was $38.
I used a closet rod that I purchased at a local DIY store for $2.77. They even custom cut it for us.
I made the pocket loose. Make sure to mark your allowance with chalk or pencil.
The closet rod fits in the pocket just like curtain would.
This is so easy. I am not a seamstress; in fact, I barely know how to thread a sewing machine, but when this thought occurred to me, I knew I had to do it. I'm not a big fan of the overall couch slip, and the top part is fair to passable, so this was right up my alley.
All we did was measure the depth of the cushions, and the length of the sitting area we wanted covered. In order to avoid the annoying slippage of your average couch slip, we needed to have a decent anchor; hence, the curtain rod. Do not get anything less because your couch takes a daily beating, or at least mine does, and a little skimpy rod won't hold up to the abuse.
As far as seam allowances, I tried to make them approximately 1". You will need to buy a special needle and thread if you use upholstery fabric. I don't know the particulars, I just got what was recommended by the store help!
Other than that, you're on your own. Have fun!

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  • Deborah G.
    Deborah G. Mansfield, TX
    on Nov 21, 2014

    LOVE the fabric! Kuddos for trying something new. When I read the title and saw the pic, the first thing I thought of was recover the seat cushions with some suede. But I LOVE the fabric you chose. Great job!!

    • Glenda Purvis
      Glenda Purvis Colfax, CA
      on Nov 21, 2014

      @Deborah G. Thank you! I think I may be changing this out two, three times a year because it was sooo easy and I wouldn't get bored with the same cover! (there goes the savings!)

  • Lisa
    Lisa New Hartford, CT
    on Nov 21, 2014

    I think it's a great idea! Plus changing it out would be easy and perfect for holiday related decorating! Win Win!

  • Darla
    Darla Montgomery Village, MD
    on Nov 21, 2014

    This is such a great idea!

  • Carol Conway
    Carol Conway Philadelphia, PA
    on Nov 21, 2014

    thank you thank you,, my couch started peeling like this all of a sudden,omg, i love this especially the curtain rod part good idea, thank you for the info....

    • Glenda Purvis
      Glenda Purvis Colfax, CA
      on Nov 21, 2014

      Hey, Carol. The same thing happened to me. What started as a little snag turned into that gaping hole real fast! So far it's holding up to the rough treatment from our 100+ pound dogs.

  • Kat T
    Kat T Canterbury, CT
    on Nov 22, 2014

    thanks, what an ingenious idea! Washable woo whoo, changeable & durable definitely Do-able!

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