Tuesday, June 22, 2010

making a slipcover from old linen tablecloths

lifeinredshoes asked about my linen tablecloth slipcover way back when,
so I thought I would show you
what I did.
For each part of the loveseat
I roughly cut out a piece of linen
that was a couple inches larger all around.
Extra needs to be left wherever you will
be tucking in the slipcover ~ in this case,
all around the back and sides of the seat.
I lay the pieces in place right side down
and pin them somewhat snuggly along all the
seam lines.
Relief cuts are needed along curves,
and some spots get a bit tricky.
Once all is pinned, I trim away the excess
fabric, leaving about a 1 inch seam
Then, it is gathered up and taken to the sewing
machine.  I sew my seams along the pinned
lines, periodly placing the cover back
on the furniture to recheck it.
There is often a bit of seam ripping
involved in this process!
I used to do piping on many of my slipcovers,
but lately I have been taking the simpler route
{gotten lazy} and have left it out.
This is a very simple explanation--if you
would like more details, I have


  1. Thank you for the tutorial! The place I'm moving into in September has a loveseat that I'd love to slipcover, and this is giving me lots of simple ideas.

  2. Just beautiful! I want to slip cover my sofas. I have two. It took me a long time to get up the courage to tackle a chair. A small chair. I can't imagine when I'll get to the sofas. You make it look like a piece of cake and your finished results are wonderful!

  3. Anonymous5:48 PM

    That is lovely, Deb, I like the idea of using old linen tablecloths - they have a lovely, soft lived-in feel and look about them.
    I'm currently working on three slipcovers for a client, but in new linen, unfortunately.
    To see another one I did for a client last year look here http://prettygoods.blogspot.com

  4. Hi Deb, that is so clever! And I love that you used old tablecloths. I don't have the skills for this just yet but maybe one day.

  5. WOW!!! It looks absolutely wonderful!!! Beautiful job! :)

  6. Absolutely gorgeous. And a tutorial too. Maybe someday I will actually be this ambitious! Definitely inspiring : )!!

  7. Oh, you are just so smart, Deb! I have to say that this makes it look so easy. I will try a lot of things, but covering my big 80's country blue sofa has been so daunting to me. I thought I might get brave since seeing yours, and try it this fall in muslin to see how it works. (I'm off my feet these days due to surgery, or I'd try it now. ;oD) Thanks for the visual.

  8. My stars, Madam, you can do anything! Quite beautiful!

  9. Hello there, I love your blog, and wanted to let you know that I put a link to your waffle knit dishcloth on my blog!


  10. Remaining in my mind as a "true inspiration". You are amazing!!!

  11. Deb,
    after doing the slipcover and using the book you have, did you find it easy? I am just curious as I have been putting off doing one on my wing chairs for quite sometime now.
    Your pics and the final result make it looks easy....you did say that you did use the seam ripper though....so, I guess all in all it wasn't too bad.

  12. Oh man, I feel like I just won the lottery! YOU REMEMBERED!
    I am considering using an old but well loved matelasse, but I just can't bring myself to use the scissors. Where did you find your fabric, is it old, and does it require more than you think it would?

    Thank you!!!!

  13. Your talents never cease to amaze me!

  14. Hi Deb, love the covered chair you have done a lovely job. Hope you are having a good summer, weather here is perfect June weather for a change.
    I am having ,ore computer problems at present so I cannot e-mail you until you e-mail me, sorry, this is the only way I seem to be able to communicate just now.
    best wishes


  15. Hello Deb. I love what you've done here. I have an old leather chair in my kitchen that I have wanted to cover but I thought a good looking slip cover was beyond me. You've just simplified the entire process for me. I understand it now. Thanks. I'll look for some suitable fabric.

  16. I have never seen a slip cover tutorial make it look so easy and for such a difficult shape. It inspires me to think of creating a slip cover of my own for a sectional sofa I have!

  17. ruth adams5:52 AM

    love your easy to follow slipcover instructions and your love seat, of course!
    Lovely Blog, very inspirational! 
    Thanks :)

  18. Thank you Ruth! So glad you stopped by.



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