Thursday, August 5, 2010

My First Slipcover!

There are so many talented ladies out there in blogland who seem to be able to slipcover anything that will sit still. I'm always inspired by Kristi at Pink and Polka Dot. She's the slipcover queen. The best part is she does it the "lazy girl" way. That basically means she's figured out how to save time and keep it simple. Love that!

I knew I wanted to give this slipcover-thing a try, but I honestly didn't have furniture that was suited for...slipping. My couch with reclining capabilities is (I think, literally) on its last leg, and I don't want to purchase fabric for that when I know the end is near.

Enter my amazing friend, Jill.

She called one day to tell me she was getting rid of a much loved princess chair that's held both of her sweet girls over the years. She thought Tootsie might like it. (Tootsie...who squeals with delight when her favorite little Blue's Clues chair at the library is unoccupied...)

I was so excited! Tootsie's birthday is coming up, and I thought this would make a perfect present. And...it's the perfect size to try my hand at slipcovering!

Kristi has a great post about the basics of slipcovering, so that's what I followed. I didn't take step-by-step pictures, because I really had no idea what I was doing. A tutorial was not happening with this project. Anyway, it's not perfect, but it turned out really cute! If you want more tricks and answers, Kristi even has an e-book, The Lazy Girl's Guide to Custom Slipcovers. I'm sure it's packed with little secrets she's learned along the way, and I may need it when I tackle a larger project.

But for now...
 {BEFORE}

{AFTER}

 {Knife pleats along the bottom}


14 comments:

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

That's adorable! Those pleats look pretty much perfect~and I LOVE the fabric.

jill said...

That turned out great Marie! Let's find something else to slipcover!

Driftwood Girl @ Beauty and Inspiration said...

That is beautiful! Wow, I'm thoroughly impressed.

Terry said...

You did a fantastic job! I'm now following you to see what else you create. How much fabric did you use? I came very close yesterday to buying fabric and trying to recover 2 sad looking chairs I have in our office but chickened out. You've inspired me to go for it! Have a great day!

cindy said...

There's some awesomeness right there.

heather said...

LOVE it- you did a great job!

That Slipcover Girl said...

you have a.maz.ing. skillz girl! this is so adorably cute! and those knife pleats are fabulous!

Trish said...

That is adorable! Love the knife pleats!

Marie @ Chocolate-Covered Chaos said...

Thanks so much, ladies!:)

Lisa said...

LUV the fabric, and you did a fabulous job! I'm jealous! I'm scared to try. My sewing ability is almost none, but I may get brave and try it with a sheet first. Good job!

Robin said...

A-Dorable!! Love the fabric!!

Anne-Marie (10 Rooms) said...

that fabric is beautiful, and you did a lovely job- it will last her for years to come!

Rene said...

Your slip cover is adorable!! I can't believe it is your first. Now maybe I can try it.

-Rene

Kiley said...

Oh My! It looks fabulous! I'd never guess it was your first slipcover!!! Love the knife pleats!

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