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JillRN1995
Posted 2012-08-26 10:17 AM (#83149)
Subject: Slipcovers



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I haven't been on the forums much at all lately because I've been really busy.

My kids are 4 1/2 years apart, but both of them moved out within 2 months of each other.

My son joined the Navy and is in Basic Training now. (He is recovering from bilateral mid-tibial stress fractures. This pushed him back another 4 - 6 weeks. Please say a little prayer for him.)

My daughter bought a townhouse. She has kept me very busy with a lot of different projects. She needed to furnish her new place on a tight budget, so we turned to Craig's List for furniture. I quickly became hooked! You can find some amazing deals there. Anyway, she bought two chairs and asked me to make slipcovers for them. I've never made slipcovers before, so I did a little research and came across a video tutorial at www.missmustardseed.com. I figured that if Miss Mustard Seed could do it, then I could do it too! They really weren't difficult to make. You just have to figure out the correct shapes and sequence of assembly. Incidentally, I did not follow her instructions for the welting. I cut it on the bias instead.

I used Pattern Editor to create the basic shapes in order to determine yardage. I made the skirts entirely with PE. The actual pattern is achieved by pin fitting the fabric to the chair. I bought a twin size flat sheet from Walmart and created the pattern with it. Then I transferred that to the back side of some Christmas wrapping paper (The kind with the grid printed on it) and added the seam allowances

I found out that the chairs she bought are not considered a good candidate for slipcovers because they have open arms. While I was making the slipcovers, I was formulating a plan in the back of my mind on how I should cover them. I'm really happy with the way that they turned out. Thinking outside the box on the arms worked out.

Unfortunately, the fabric was not printed on grain. I did the best that I could with that!

Also, even though they look alike, I had to make a separate pattern for each of them because of subtle differences.

If you can use Wild Ginger software and create garments, then you can certainly make slipcovers!

The pictures below show the original blue chair, a few shots of the slipcovered chair, and close ups underneath the arms.

Jill





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SueC56
Posted 2012-08-26 10:37 AM (#83150 - in reply to #83149)
Subject: Re: Slipcovers


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Wow, excellent job. The crocheting is a clever idea.

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JillRN1995
Posted 2012-08-26 11:18 AM (#83151 - in reply to #83149)
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Thanks.

That isn't crochet. It's cluny (sp?) lace trim that I attached to the bias seam allowances. I then used cotton crochet thread and a big plastic needle to lace up the arm covers tightly. I forgot to mention that I sewed 1" twill tape to the ends of each arm cover and then I attached a D ring buckle to it. That way I could connect the arms to each other at the back and get them snugly set in place. This is hidden beneath the fabric on the back.

Jill

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StMike
Posted 2012-08-26 12:06 PM (#83152 - in reply to #83149)
Subject: Re: Slipcovers



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This is very impressive! A creative way to use PE. You are exceptionally clever and talented. Great job!

Edited by StMike 2012-08-26 12:07 PM
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margie2
Posted 2012-08-26 12:19 PM (#83153 - in reply to #83149)
Subject: RE: Slipcovers


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Good job, Jill. I have never done slipcovers. The furniture that I have needed to redo always needed the insides refreshed. Your slipcovers look very professional.

Oh, and about the empty nest...mine moved out within two weeks of each other. Neither told me, but they were both worried that I would have a negative reaction to so much time on my hands. Silly girls!
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magenta
Posted 2012-08-28 6:40 AM (#83170 - in reply to #83149)
Subject: RE: Slipcovers



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That is totally amazing! I need to make somr slipcovers for a couple of our chairs and haven't got round to it yet, but you have inspired me.
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Grandma C
Posted 2012-08-28 8:11 AM (#83172 - in reply to #83149)
Subject: Re: Slipcovers


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Jill, I had the opportunity to spend time with my grand daughter/Chloe last weekend and showed her your chairs before and after and told her You had used PMB to help with the pattern . She is 11 yrs old and She is learning to sew. She and I are impressed at PMB versatility and at your creativity. I think she was inspired.
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JillRN1995
Posted 2012-08-28 12:21 PM (#83176 - in reply to #83149)
Subject: Re: Slipcovers



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Thanks everyone!

I'm in south Louisiana waiting for Isaac to hit. We are prepared for it. Hopefully we won't have a tree fall on the house or lose power for too long!

Jill
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Kuby McCarty
Posted 2012-08-28 1:43 PM (#83180 - in reply to #83149)
Subject: Re: Slipcovers



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Jill,

What a wonderful job you've done!! This is great!
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SueC56
Posted 2012-08-28 7:26 PM (#83184 - in reply to #83149)
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Jill,

We all are hoping for the best for all of you in the line of the hurricane.

Sue C
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Trish
Posted 2012-09-08 4:29 PM (#83265 - in reply to #83149)
Subject: RE: Slipcovers



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Jill, that arm is hilarious and genius!  The chairs look great...well done!

Don't you enjoy Miss Mustardseed's blog?

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JillRN1995
Posted 2012-09-08 5:43 PM (#83268 - in reply to #83149)
Subject: Re: Slipcovers



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Thanks Trish! I'm really happy with how the arm covers fit tightly just like upholstery.

Miss Mustard Seeds video gave me the courage to tackle this project. Otherwise, I would have been too intimidated by it.

She certainly has a knack for creating pretty things on a budget.

Jill
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lbledsoe
Posted 2012-10-16 2:48 PM (#83684 - in reply to #83149)
Subject: RE: Slipcovers


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these are beautiful
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