Sunday, April 3, 2011

Simple Slipcovers

Last summer--under the influence of pregnancy-induced nesting syndrome--I made my first slipcover. 
I used a painter's dropcloth, my mom's trusty sewing machine, 
and my nearly non-existent sewing skills. 

Not bad for my first try--I just stuffed the extra fabric between the cushions, turned the back to the wall, and called my mom to come repair the machine and sew the hard parts. 

A few months ago I decided to try again, but this time I bought real cotton duck canvas (, 
a real pair of sewing scissors, and I settled down to learn how to use my new sewing machine.

The subject was a faded brownish-rusty colored dining chair 
rescued from our neighbor's curb on trash day.
The goal was a fresh and sunny seating area for our front door entryway.

(Any tips on getting rid of stubborn, gigantic wrinkles?)

Thanks to a few well-timed sewing lessons from my other mothers (in-law), 

and some tedious labor (pin-sew-fit, repeat),
that rusty brown trash pick became this white lovely!

Come on in and sit awhile!

Linking to Funky Junk's SNS#76


  1. Oh, Laura, I'm so proud of you! I would never feel brave enough to tackle something like this (and I like to sew!) Love it!

  2. Beautiful!! It looks like a pottery barn catalog picture =)

  3. It looked pretty with the first slip, but very professional now. Great photo too.

  4. Hi Laura, What a beautiful job! I love the chair and your lantern.


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