Sewing a Slipcover

10 Oct

A while ago I tried to make a slipcover for my Pier 1 Parsons chair (from scratch)…it didn’t work (if you would like to read about that mess, click here).  I really had my heart set on something in yellow and gray to go with the other chairs that I recovered (take a tour of the dining room and see the before pics of the chairs here, here, here, or here…eek that’s a lot of dining room talk)

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Pier 1 sells covers, but nothing in yellow and gray.  This one is really cute (now that I am looking at it, maybe I should have just bought two of these….it definitely would have been easier!):

Dana Floral Slipcover

Well, they weren’t selling that one when I originally bought the chairs, so I set out to find my own fabric months ago.  I loved this yellow and gray bird print from Hancock Fabrics:

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After my failed attempt to make the cover without a pattern, I bought this McCall’s one (even though the measurements weren’t the exact size of the Pier 1 chairs):

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I decided to go with pattern ‘B’

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After hours and hours of work, some pricked fingers, and maybe a couple expletives, I ended up with this:

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I love the way it turned out, but wow, this was definitely the most complicated thing I have ever made.  There was a lot of tweaking the pattern to get it to fit the chair better.  The pleats on the corners turned out pretty great (I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’).  I thought for sure I would end up making them crooked…

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Same goes for the hem and the woven boarder…

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I love how the two chair fabrics compliment each other.  It will look soooo much better once we paint and put wainscoting and chair rail up.

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Hopefully we will finish this room sooner than later….but first I suppose I have to make the second slipcover Sad smile  Anyone want to do that for me?

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6 Responses to “Sewing a Slipcover”

  1. mb October 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    Very custom looking. Love the trim you added near the hem.

  2. Brandi @ His Shabby Her Chic October 12, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    Looks great!! Good luck on the 2nd one. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  3. Paula October 15, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    You did a fabulous job and I love your fabric choice!

  4. Krystle @ Color Transformed Family October 15, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    Way to go! I don’t think I am that advanced in the sewing department yet. I do think the two fabrics work well together though.
    Thanks for stopping by yesterday!

  5. pine tree home October 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    HI, thanks for popping by earlier. You have some great stuff here. I laughed because I sewed pillows out of the same fabric. I have a love hate relationship with them. I do adore the fabric, but sometimes the birds just annoy me. Wasn’t their placement weird when you were sewing?

    • cornerofmain October 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

      lol, the birds were randomly placed! I had the 5 yards of fabric all over my sunroom as I tried to cut the best piece 😉 Thanks for visiting!

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