How To Make a Sofa Slipcover

A sofa cover can give a piece of furniture a new lease on life.While it is possible to buy slipcovers, making your own is more cost-effective and offers the benefit of using fabric that is exactly the color and texture you want.It is possible to make a sofa slipcover using just a few basic resources and a couple hours of your time.

Step 1: Determine the amount of material you need.

The following are general guidelines for fabrics in solid colors; patterns may need more in order to match the different pieces up.The measurement of fabric is by the yard.You will need to verify the width of the bolts of fabric at the craft store.The typical width is between 32 to 60 inches, with 45 and 60 being the most common.The width of the fabric is 54 inches (137 cm).For a three-cushion sofa, use 18 yards and for a six- cushion sofa use 22 yards.

Step 2: You can buy the material.

You can buy it at a fabric store.There is a fabric in a solid color.If you’re not ready to put in the extra effort, look for a cover material that’s a single tone.This will be easier to work with if you use a fabric with a lot of drape.

Step 3: The material needs to be washed and dried.

This accounts for any shrinkage that may occur.The beauty of a slipcover is that it can be easily removed and washed, but you need to make sure it won’t shrink after you’ve made it.Follow care instructions for the fabric you’re working with.

Step 4: The material needs to be iron before the work can begin.

This ensures a smooth and accurate fit because Wrinkles could cause puckering in the finished product.

Step 5: Tuck in the cheap butcher paper when you drape the sofa.

The sofa’s general shape should be reflected in this mock cover.Since you’re creating the pattern at this point, you can decide if you want a close-fitting slipcover or a more loose one.It is okay to use two or three large, separate pieces.You may need to secure the sofa with safety pins.The arm fronts don’t need to be covered at this point.If you feel confident, you can skip the mock-up and drape the sofa with the material you’re going to use, wrong-side up.You can trace the pattern onto the fabric with chalk.

Step 6: The pattern sections should be marked with chalk.

You can use chalk to identify where to cut out the pattern with the exception of the arm fronts.The back of the sofa should have different sections, including the seating area, which should be on the outside, as well as the front section that drops to the floor.

Step 7: The arm fronts should be measured.

The front of the sofa has two vertical sections.It’s easy to make a pattern for them.You can use one pattern to create both pieces.Cut out a piece of paper about the same size as the arm front.Pin it to one of the arm fronts.There is a chalk outline of the arm front.You can use this piece for both armrests.

Step 8: The pattern sections should be cut out.

To cut along the chalk outlines, use the scissors.

Step 9: There are sections for the sofa.

Place large sections of the fabric on top of a flat surface.The seam allowance for hemming is 1 inch ( 2.5 cm) if you mark the dimensions on the fabric with the chalk.Seam allowance is extra fabric you leave so that you can sew the pieces together.If your arm fronts are asymmetrical, you need to flip the pattern over before tracing the second one.

Step 10: The sections should be pinned together.

The pieces of fabric should be on the wrong side of the sofa.To affix the pins just on the inside of the chalk lines, use straight pins.The general shape will be created by this.

Step 11: The arm fronts should be sewed to the armrest sections.

Don’t touch the pins connecting the arm fronts if you want to remove these sections from the sofa.The “road” for the stitching is the chalk line, and you can use a sewing machine to do it.If you place the fabric wrong-side up, your seams will be smooth on the right side.Once you’ve sewn the pieces together, remove the pins.

Step 12: You need to sew the body of the cover.

Taking care not to lose the pins, remove the back and seating area from the sofa.You can join these two pieces with a sewing machine.Once you’re done, remove the pins.

Step 13: Return the body and sides to the sofa.

Make sure the cover is snug.Place pins on the sides and body again.

Step 14: The sides should be sewed to the body.

You can use the pins and chalk lines.As you go, remove the pins from the seams.

Step 15: Check the fit of the cover.

Place the cover on the wrong side of the sofa.The cover should fit smoothly across the surfaces if the seams are straight.If there are any spots that need to be fixed, now is the time.Remove problem seams and make them straight with a seam ripper.

Step 16: The bottom of the cover is marked with a trace.

Remove the sofa cover and put it on a large work surface.You can trace the bottom with chalk, which is 1/2-1 inch from the edge.Make sure your line is straight by using a tape measure.

Step 17: The hem needs to be pinned.

Place the fabric with pins on the wrong side of the hemline.

Step 18: The hem should be iron.

This step helps make sewing easier.

Step 19: The ends are used for a finished look.

The sewing machine can be used to make the hem.Make sure the stitches are holding properly when you pause from time to time.

Step 20: Try it on for yourself.

Carefully tuck the cover into the sofa as you turn the slipcover so the right side is facing out.