Making Your Own Slip Covers

I've redecorated our family room several times - all with the same pieces of furniture - by making slip covers!
Here is how our room looks today...
And here is how it used to look...
The couch is the same couch - but simply covered in a slip cover that I made with less than $200 of fabric!
This is our original couch. We love this couch - deep, down filled cushions, solid construction.
I used a heavy, cotton canvasy fabric but you can use whatever fabric you choose. Make sure that it's upholstery or slip cover weight. Most fabric stores can tell you if the fabric you like is appropriate.
And here it is today. This style of couch is very easy to cover with this straight back and loose cushions. Looks just like a brand new couch from Pottery Barn!
Both of the white chairs in this room have also been slip covered.
If you can sew a straight line, you can make a slip cover!
There's not room here on HomeTalk to give you all the detailed instructions that are on my blog.
Making a slip cover part one
Making a slip cover part two
If you can sew a straight line, you can sew a slip cover!
love and blessings~
Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

Lynda @ Gates Of Crystal
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  • Anne Dykstra Anne Dykstra on Aug 14, 2017
    I love the idea of using drop clothes. My question to all of you that have dyed it is what vessel did you use to dye that amount of fabric? I don't want to use my bathtub because its been reglazed and I'm hesitant on ruining it, especially while I'm trying to clean up the dye. I want to use a medium gray.

  • Judith Judith on Dec 03, 2018

    How do you testify an old sofa? How do you know what type of stuffing to use?

  • Olive Olive on Oct 06, 2019

    Fabulous love what you have created! I have two lovely chairs!

    Ralph Lauren. High back high arms! All fabric tried to clean no luckz! Wear for 15 yrs! Love they are a stripe would love to go w/

    beachy look! Solid to go w/ pale yellow sofa that came w/ the set!

    i do not have sewing machine!! What should I Do ?.


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  • Rosemary Rosemary on Aug 15, 2017
    Your ideas are great! The one different thing I would do would be to eliminate what I call "pig ears" on the throw pillows and have a more "square" look without the points. Easy to do by trimming the corners about 1/2 inch, from the corner to 1/4 of the way across the connecting edge. I like this "neater" look.

  • Patricia Phlipot Patricia Phlipot on Jan 18, 2020

    I’m looking for the directions to make a slip cover and I don’t see them. I need to cover an outdated couch that is in perfect condition. Please advise.

    thank you!