5.30.2012

slipcover progress

whoa. whoa. whoa.   this is all i can think of at the moment.  when i decided to slipcover owen's rocking chair for his room, i knew i was up for a challenge, but whoa.  i took my chair and 7 yards of duck cloth fabric over to a friend's house, who has slipcovered several chairs now.  she helped me with the inside of the chair and the arms, which is supposedly the hardest part of slipcovering.  i hope she's right.  my friend and i spent over 6 hours making the back, insides, and arms!  after 6+ hours of work, i felt kind of bad that it was taking so long, so i decided i would take the chair home with me and finish it there.  i know slipcovers are not perfect, and i am okay with that.  but holy numb nuts.  this is hard work, and for such an okay outcome???  i can't wait to see the final product though (but honestly, i think i will be more happy just to be done with it).  my friend was SO awesome in helping me with this project.  there is no way i could have done any of this without her help.  she has shown me the basics, which i will use to finish up the chair.

so i ask this one question, which may not be a fair question because i am not done with my chair.

how do people make their slipcovers look so good?

case in point

Pink and Polka Dot

Biddibi BoddibI Beautiful

Ana White
Houzz
and now that your eyes have seen such a wonderful sight, i will now show you my least appealing photos of my chair.  ha!

*my room is freshly painted (woo-hoo!), but i haven't put anything back up on the walls.  :(


i can't wait to see the final product.  this chair will not have ruffles or pleats since that is a little too feminine for a boys room.  my ideal chair would look like the one in the last photo.  i can't wait to get this baby done!

if you have slipcovered before, do you know how to get rid of those gathers at the arm?????  i pin it straight, but it comes out of my machine bunched up.  yikes.


and lastly, how 'bout i let you drool over the dinner i cooked last night. 




peaceout

15 comments:

  1. Your dinner looks yummy, also your slip cover looks like it is making good progress! I dont think i could ever do white, i would be afraid it would get dirty :0

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    1. HA! Thanks Goldie! Slipcovers are awesome, especially if they are white, because you can bleach them in them wash. I figured with a little boy, it would be bound to get dirty, and fast, so bleach is my new best friend. :)

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  2. I slipcovered a sofa bed once! So slipcovering for me is like childbirth, it seems like a good idea until you have to finish it. I'll never decide to slipcover again, and just be happy with my 4 kids. :)

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  3. Awesome! I'm excited to see how it turns out. I have a chair I want to try and slipcover, but I feel like making a slipcover will be harder than actually upholstering it.

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  4. Soooo gooood, we ate it two nights in a row!

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  5. i'm coming to your house for dinner! yum! just keep at it. practice makes perfect...i've been through a lot of trial and error. thanks for the props!

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  6. that last dining room inspiration picture from houzz is gorgeous! Love it. Mmmm that burger looks delicious!

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  7. Here is my two cents. take the seams OUT! pin the fabric to the chair then line up the edges with the other fabric edges, it looks the pieces of fabric are the wrong size.

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  8. Yum and I have no idea! Ive thought about and even bought a pattern before to make on for my comfy chair, but never attempted. Now slipcover a rectangular ottoman-I got it!

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  9. Also the tighter you make it the better! Put a zipper or velcro up the middle of the back or along one of the back side seams! It is daunting but worth it in the end. I have slip covered every piece of upholstered furniture in my house. Just a side note: you are always adjusting them, it is the nature of the beast!

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    1. Thank you SO much! You helped out tremendously. It's no longer bunched as much on the arms. You're my new hero.

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    2. I forgot to mention that you are a no-reply commenter.

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  10. Wow, kudos to you for tackling such a big job! I am terrified of doing slipcovers! I know you can do it and can't wait to see the finished product.

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  11. What does a no-reply
    commenter mean????

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  12. I think I fixed the issue, I didn't know... good luck!

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