I finally finished sewing my slipcover for my yard sale find and I have decided that I will never, ever, ever, ever, EVER sew a slipcover ever again. It was a challenge! But, look how it turned out…
My $20 yard sale wing back chair finally has the dress she deserves. I knew she could be gorgeous!! In case you’ve forgotten, this is her before:
This is my inspiration photo.
I’m embarrassed to admit the number of hours I dedicated to sewing the slipcover but once I got started, I just had to finish. I don’t have a designated sewing or craft room so once I got out the sewing machine, the ironing board, the iron and a zillion sewing supplies, I felt driven to just get it over with. I also have a puppy, Boo, who chews everything so I couldn’t leave my supplies out for too long. I set up shop in my dining room after Easter lunch and dove in. (My dining room table is used more for crafting than eating. Anyone else relate??)
I found a great tutorial from Remodelaholic that really helped me. If you would like to sew your own slipcover, this is a great place to start. I don’t feel confident in my sewing abilities to give you my own tutorial especially since several of my steps would include to pray and/or cross your fingers that it works out. Because that’s what I did. A LOT! If you look real close at my slipcover, you can probably see those moments.
I used 2 dropcloths to make the slipcover. I have some fabric leftover but I definitely needed both packs. I bought my dropcloths at Wal Mart ($9.97 each) and they looked like this:
After I first wrote about this project, I had some questions about how the dropcloth feels – was it too heavy, was it scratchy, etc. But I think it feels like a nubby linen, if that makes any sense. It did have a tendency to get really stringy when I cut it, but I tried to be super careful. Ya’ know. In between all that praying.
The trickiest part for me wasn’t the cutting of each piece (like a puzzle) but sewing it all together. I had the most difficulty on the front of each of the curvy arms. If my chair had square arms, this would have been much easier, but those curves killed me. I remember an especially low time…I started singing “Hakuna Matata” to keep my spirits up but it creeped out my kiddos. I must be a horrible singer.
Finally, at around 10pm on the Monday after Easter, I finished. I danced. I high fived myself. And I sat in my chair! Ahhh…
Now, my blank space isn’t so empty anymore. I still need a lamp because I am really excited to curl up with a good book and read right here. I also need to decorate the walls behind it, but for now, I am happy to be done.
So, I started off this blog post by saying that I will never, ever, ever sew a slipcover again! Buuuttttt ….this might be like childbirth. I may forget the pain after looking at this beautiful chair for long enough and get lulled by another yard sale find looking for love. I just hope it doesn’t happen again soon!
Thanks for reading! If you need me, I’ll be in chair.
That box pleat makes my heart sing.