Saturday, March 19, 2011

The SlipCover that almost wasn't!

 Some of you may know that recently I started sewing real things.
*standing ovation please for Polly at Make Mine Beautiful*

Pillows were pretty much the ONLY thing I sewed for years.  And they came out ONLY when I managed to sew a straight line OR glue the fourth side properly.  I kid you NOT.

I do not follow patterns.  EVER.  They are scary.  Truly.

But I do like to get started.  Quickly.  I don't do things very efficiently at first.  If ever.  You know, like most of you here.  I'm ONLY repeating what I've read.

So without further ado...

here's the wing back slipcover



I could have saved so much time, energy, tears, gnashing of teeth...quits and restarts.

However, this is the way things turn out.

I am saving Marian's tutorial forever.

You should, too.

You know if you EVER want to know how to make a slipcover.  EVER.
It's so straight forward and easy to follow that I almost started crying when I saw all the needless EFFORT that I put into this 9 month project.
(ok I did not work on this daily, but IT worked on my brain daily.  Just about.)

On the upside:
I have learned so much by just diving into this project.  Not only sewing and seam ripping experience, but things about MYSELF that are priceless and will remain anonymous - only EC knows what 'trouble I've seen'.

Here's the before:
I got this from CL because I wanted to try my hand at slipcovering a wingback without spending a lot of money.

 Here's what the chair looks like as of today.
(the slipcover fresh out of the drier)
I will be painting the legs white at some point.

No welting this time around.  I just wanted to see if I could do the cover with all the wings and arms and t-cushion and ruffles!
This is a complete slipcover without any zippers or ties, just slip on and slip off!

(If you recall my first EVER slip - this fabric is the same - just the underside.
I like both the grey and the white)

Let me know what you think!

Have a great weekend!


  1. Kolein your wing back looks fab! You did a great job.

  2. Wow girl!! You did a GREAT job!! I love it!! I think I would be overwhelmed with a chair slipcover project... so with that being said... could you come do mine????????????????????????? I love it...

  3. Your slipcover looks fantastic!! Excellent job!! You totally transformed that chair!! :)

  4. *blink* "gawk" (turning green with envy!) Major jaw drop...


    (oh my GOSH are you KIDDING ME? She doesn't even sew!!!)


  5. oh Wow! Kolein!.... that looks so great! I'm so proud of you; you did an absolute fantastic job.

    I must give this a shot.

  6. Girlie! That is fabulous! The cushion would have kicked my butt. How do you slip it on without any ties or zippers? I must know. It looks sooooo good. I'm very impressed.

  7. Well! SHUT. MY. MOUTH!!
    You go girl! Just look at you!
    That turned out fantastic. I am so proud of you.
    And, I am curious also - how did you do that T-cushion cover without a zipper? Did you velcro it?

    You are moving along fantasticly. Before we know it you'll be selling those couture creations for top dollar. If you can slipcover a chair, you can slipcover a body!

    Squealing proud here in the cheering section!!

  8. It looks fantastic. How did you get it so nice and tight without a zipper or ties and does it come off? Great job, I have seen the videos and I think I am ready to tackle my pair of wingbacks. Wish me luck.

  9. Yay!!!! Happy dance for you! That came out beautiful, girl. What kind of fabric did you use? I too want to know how you did it without any ties or zippers. Does the fabric stretch?
    LOVE the ruffle on the bottom, and your cushion is so tight!

  10. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO... Girl, you are so talented! If I buy a wing chair on Craigslist, will you make one of these for me :) I love it Kolein! Especially, the skirted bottom! How did you make this without zippers? Did you do some type of envelope style for the cushion?
    I'm inspired to try this. Wish you were here to help me. Awesome!

    Big hugs!!! Michelle

  11. CLAP CLAP CLAP!!!! Standing ovation from me Kolein!!! I love that chair(and I do love it with the dark legs too), and your first try is still very charming! I am proud of you!!

  12. WOW. Double wow. Amazing, Kolein! Love the ruffle. Love it period. I'm super impressed. You should be so proud of yourself!

  13. Awesome job girl, I am envious...but happy for you, too! Lezlee

  14. Yoohhoo you did it. It looks as if Marian herself came to your house and slipcover that thing. Wow, I sincerely love it.

  15. I think you are the ROCKSTAR of slipcovers. : ) Yay you. Terrific job.


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