Sunday, July 26, 2009

pottery barn couch slipcover my way

I just finished a new couch slip cover for our couch. It took about two weeks because some days I wasn't able to work on it. This is the second slipcover I have sewn for a couch of ours. I never thought I would make another one after the first. But I figured spending $100 or so on fabric was more in our budget than spending over $1000 for the couch I really want. So until I buy that nice leather couch I really want this slipcover will have to do.

In the mean time I will be happy with my Pottery Barn inspired couch.

photo credits: http://www.potterybarn.com


Our family room couch was sit-able and the wooden frame was solid but the couch was made of plastic, almost, a fake leather. It had some tears in the cushions on the top and my Baby E would use them as hand grips to climb so they tore bigger. It also made the plastic sound when you sat on it or adjusted, funny.
My dad would even made fun of the couch when he came to visit, even offering to buy us another one. The couch was a free hand-me-down to us in the first place.

I didn't take a decent before picture, but I did find this one taken about 6 months ago, before all the major tears in the cushions. (notice some tears in the bottom corners of the cushions)

couch before


And here's the after. I really do love it now!
It was a pain to sew, mostly because it is so much fabric. So much heavy fabric. But very doable. And I'm pretty sure I will make another cover for another couch someday...

This one is made from a natural color soft denim. I love sitting on it,the cushions are remade and now soft fabric and no noisy plastic sound (or coldness in the winter) under my bottom.

couch slip cover


couch cover


couch cover


couch cover

Added to the "Make your Monday" on twice remembered.

and to
Metamorphosis MondayHere's my most recent DIY project to go along with a Soft Place to Land.


Edited to add: Because I have gotten so many inquiries about the process of making a couch slip cover, I added a post with a few secrets and helpful information, check it out HERE.


edited to add 3/2011:
I shared here on CSI blog slipcover challenge and it was chosen as #1!


48 comments:

  1. OK, THAT is amazing!!! WOW! Good work.

    P.S. I "belong" too! ;)

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  2. I am so impressed. I have been thinking about buying a slipcover for our quickly wearing leather couch with a rapidly growing hole our little one likes to tug on. I don't think I'm brave enough to make one, but yours looks amazing.

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  3. You have an amazing talent. I sew quilts but I have never done a slipcover. Good job!

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  4. It looks great! Did you use a pattern or did just of wing it from the picture? It looks amazing!!

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  5. WOW!!! You did an AMAZING job!! I have a couple of couches that could use a good slipcover and if I thought I could do half as good of a job as you, I would do it in a heartbeat!! LOVELY!!

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  6. Heather, no pattern, just laid the fabric on, pinned, measured, sew, mess up, unpick, and then wing it some more.

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  7. You are so talented. That looks amazing. Great job!

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  8. That makes a really great after!!
    I wish I was good enough to do that!

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  9. Unbelievable. Really, your sewing is impressive and the after is perfect!

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  10. Incredible - Your sewing skills are amazing! It looks like it's straight from a Pottery Barn magazine! Thanks for sharing on MYM!

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  11. Wow that is great! I have been wanting to do this very same pottery barnesque slipcover but I knew it would be a pain. Still if you can do it I can do it! It might take me a whole month but now you've inspired me!

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  12. Your transformation is amazing! Every bit as good as PB, too! I want slipcovers made for a pair of wing chairs and can't find anyone who makes them anymore.

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  13. Your slipcover turned out amazing! I'm sure you are enjoying the fruits of your labor! I am needing to slipcover a chair, but lacking the motivation. Maybe someday...
    Blessings,
    Traci

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  14. your slipcover looks amazing. i need to do the same to my couches but i am afraid it might be too big of an undertaking! yikes

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  15. That is absolutely amazing. I did a slipcover this week too, and posted it on the DIY. I know exactly what you mean about lots of heavy fabric. Yours turned out just amazing. I love it. I would love to slip cover my entire couch in the living room. It is a tropical/floral pattern from our screened porch in our last house. Hmmmm. Maybe ???

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  16. YOU ARE GOOD!!!!!! That is beautiful! I found you through A Soft Place to Land. You have a great blog and I love your header by the way! Cant wait to check out more of your blog! Take care...
    Tiffany

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  17. Wow, wow, wow!! Amazing!! It fits beautifully and the details are perfect! Congratulations on what was surely a huge undertaking!

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  18. Holy moly! Piping and everything! (bowing down) I'm not worthy!!!

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  19. It looks amazing! Great job!

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  20. Unbelievable transformation! WOW! You really made that couch something to be proud of.....beautiful work. Really.

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  21. Wow you are sooooooo talented. I wish I was that daring. I guess it is ok though because I probably would never be able to talk my husband into white and my dog is black!
    Great job. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. wow it looks great - i never would have guessed it was DIY, it looks so professional. kudos.

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  23. That's fantastic. I mean, really - huge improvement over that sofa! I have seen some very poorly done DIY slipcovers and this is not one of them. I have a sofa I want to do - It is the same lines as the pottery barn sofa you show. You have inspired me that I should do it. I have the skill...just need to do it!

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  24. That slipcover is absolutely incredible. Really. I have couches that everyone loves to sit on because they are SO comfortable and SO cozy and SO sleepable, but they look pretty awful at this point. I mean, I have people fighting over them if I give them away!

    Seeing your slipcover makes me want to try to recover them, even if I fail. Yours are beautiful and so tailored and so lovely. Way to go!

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  25. Fabulous job! It looks like a professionally made slipcover and I'm very impressed with your sewing abilities. I sew all the time and I've been afraid to even attempt this particular project for my own sofa. Still afraid, even after seeing what an amazing result you have with yours because yours looks like a custom made to fit cover. Which I guess it is, only you did the custom making *smiles* Again, fabulous job!

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  26. What an amazing job you did. And such a wonderful change. Love it.

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  27. That is so beautiful! You did a fantastic job!

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  28. That looks incredible ... and it will look even better with a couple of serafina pillows. :)

    Just wanted to let you know you are my giveaway winner! Congrats. :)
    homemadebyjill.blogspot.com

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  29. I am so absolutely impressed. That couch looks so beautiful now, I can't believe it is the same one. And I am doubly impressed that you just winged it. If I had half your talent I would be a very happy woman! Good for you!

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  30. I'm impressed!

    I wouldn't know where to start... fab job.

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  31. wow your slip cover is amazing. I am trying to do the same thing and came online to search for any patterns or advice. Do you mind sharing with me any tips? How much fabric did you purchase to start with?

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  32. JEN, I would love to share some tips, I can't reply to your email through blogger but if you email me directly, (my email is listed on my blog sidebar,)then I can answer your questions in more detail!!
    ~Edee

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  33. Ooh this is fabulous! Cool collection of Sofa Couch .

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  34. That is UNBELIEVABLY beautiful! I wish I had your skills - I just bought another PB slipcover tonight. Please post your tips and advice (if you haven't already - I haven't looked yet!)

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  35. You did such a beautiful job! I would love to know how you made this, as I'm hoping to make one for our old couch too....it desperately needs a facelift. We got it free from our first landlords after we got married; they had gotten it off the street; we have since tried to recover it, but now it sits halfway finished because we ran out of fabric. LOL So, slipcover it is, I'm thinking, and I love this one from Pottery Barn but def don't want to pay the moolah for it....would love to know how you made it?:)

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  36. WOW! i was looking for a slip cover and thats the exact one i want and you made it! for only 100 you should sell them youd make great money. all the slip covers i see dont have indivual seat covers like that. AMAZING!

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  37. Wow! Now that's a stunner! Fantastic job and a great fit. You should be so proud!!!

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  38. I've been wanting to do this for my family room for quite some time...I have some questions about the fabric: I assume it's washable. Where did you buy it? Online or at a retail store? And the denim...is it like a pre-washed denim? Thanks!

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  39. Great job! And Congrats on winning!! I'm featuring this project in my Slipcover Week blog event! Here's the post: http://www.honeybearlane.com/2011/03/day-1-of-slipcover-week-beautiful-white.html

    Thanks!
    Heidi

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  40. Wow this is the best slipcover!! I wish I could make something like this!!

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  41. Great job on the slipcover! I'm wanting to slipcover a reclining sofa-do you think it can be done?? I'd so appreciate any suggestions!

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  42. It’s amazing what a simple slipcover can do to a sofa.

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  43. Couch slipcover is really a great help to make our sofas stay in good condition.

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  44. Excellent work, total transformation of your sofa. I'm going to make a slip cover for my old sofa and I hope the result will be half as good!

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  45. I did one for my fugly floral chair http://robinsnestful.blogspot.com/2010/07/slipcover-virgin.html and the matching couch, and now I need to do the loveseat. I've had them for a few years now and they hold up great!

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  46. I can't quite tell -- is it one big huge slipcover that goes over TOP of the seat cushions, or goes under it and you also made separate covers for each of the 3 seat cushions?

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