Monday, October 26, 2009

couch slipcover secrets

I can't count the many questions and comments I have received about
My Pottery Barn Couch inspired Slipcover.
I'm thrilled that so many of you liked it.
Be sure to check out the original post with more before and after photos.



I thought I would give a little info here to answer the general question.
I have made a couple covers in the past that fit odd shaped couches.
There is really no pattern for each individual couch so that is where the tricky part comes in. You have to make your own pattern and eye ball it.
You don't necessarily have to eye ball it exactly, this is the good news! This pattern helps with that.

This is what I got to "teach" me what to do and help me eye ball it. It helps you make your own pattern for your own odd shaped couch or your normal shaped couch (If you are so lucky...I'm jealous if you are so lucky). It also helps you estimate the amount of fabric you will need for you own couch, chair, ottoman, or whatever it is you want to cover.
Because who wants to run out of fabric half way through?

The pattern is McCalls M3278
Not even sure if it's still in print.
I love answering questions so feel free to keep asking!

6 comments:

  1. I would like to purchase one of these slip-covers if they are for sell, can you email me and tell me. My email is Cclodfelter@ivytech.edu

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  2. That looks great- I too have an odd shaped couch and found you when googling make couch slip cover. My back pillows on my La-Z boy couch are attached so its going to be interesting. But I did find 3278 McCalls in my pattern stash so I am heading to the second hand store to get sheets to make a pattern with. I hope mine looks half as good as yours does!
    Thanks!

    Christine/Colorado

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  3. Your sofa is wonderful. I was wondering how you kept the slipcover from sliding around on the leather and how did you create the smooth back when you covered over the attached back cushions.

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  4. Do you know if this also fits the Ikea Ektorp sofa line?

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  5. I have a double chair from Consignment Shop -- Fabric is deteriorating. My idea is to take self-stick shelf paper and put it on the chair without the deterioratig cover, dividing the sections up as will be necessary for the rolled arms I have a good quality upholstery fabric to attach he shelf paper to. Before I cut however, I want to double check the current fabric sections to make sure I have gotten adequate fabric for the tucks and seams. I also have a wing chair of very high quality I have almost given up on. I did buy a mail order cover and just not good. I think I have to take off the upholstery carefully and use it as a pattern and fit sections separately onto the chair. Not sure it will work. However, a one-piece cover looks bad even with stretch. I would rather tackle the love seat first. since the cover I currently have is not stretch and is in two sections. Covers are fine. Zippers on one side make it fit well. Someone told to use foil as a pattern but I see no advantage in that.

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  6. I have a double chair from Consignment Shop -- Fabric is deteriorating. My idea is to take self-stick shelf paper and put it on the chair without the deterioratig cover, dividing the sections up as will be necessary for the rolled arms I have a good quality upholstery fabric to attach he shelf paper to. Before I cut however, I want to double check the current fabric sections to make sure I have gotten adequate fabric for the tucks and seams. I also have a wing chair of very high quality I have almost given up on. I did buy a mail order cover and just not good. I think I have to take off the upholstery carefully and use it as a pattern and fit sections separately onto the chair. Not sure it will work. However, a one-piece cover looks bad even with stretch. I would rather tackle the love seat first. since the cover I currently have is not stretch and is in two sections. Covers are fine. Zippers on one side make it fit well. Someone told to use foil as a pattern but I see no advantage in that.

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