I am very, very THRIFTY! I do not like to spend money on anything I think I could do on my own. So….when I decided I wanted a new look for the chairs in my family room, I wasn’t willing to pay $300.00 a chair to have a slip cover made.
When we bought our new home I wanted to go more modern, streamline. HA what was I thinking? My inner Junker called me back and I have been completely “junkin” up the place for a couple of years now.
So back to my thriftiness. I know how expensive upholstery fabric can be. I didn’t want to spend a ton on fabric that I really didn’t know how to sew into a slip cover. I thought about canvas drop clothes as an alternative. I found two HUGE gray toned canvas drop clothes at Big Lots. They were only $15.00 each. I came home and put the drop clothes in a closet for about 6 months. I was SO afraid to try to make my own slip cover. One night I was complaining to my girlfriends that I needed to just go ahead and pay someone to make them. My wonderful friend Clarissa “volunteered” to help me make them. She has far better sewing skills than I do. One afternoon she came over and we began the process, that we had NO IDEA what we were doing. Well I didn’t, maybe Clarissa knew more than me. 🙂
We started by chalking out the shape of the arms onto a piece of newspaper. We used that as a templete on the fabric and cut them out. We then just wrapped the fabric over the arms, marked it and cut those out.
Okay I know this is not an exact plan on how to make a slip cover, but hey It worked for me.
After we pinned them together we did a quick sew job. Well not that quick. The fabric was a little thick and kept catching. In the end we made it work.
Once Clarrissa and I got the “fitted” arms made I slipped them on. Then I looked and looked and looked at the chairs. I had no desire or skills to finish I job like this. I did what I always do. I came up with an easy fix. I found the seem in the drop cloth and I made that match up with the seam on the seat cushion. I cut out a long piece of fabric that would over lap the back of the chair down over the seat cushion and tuck underneath.
I then STAPLED it! That’s right I said it STAPLED! I am a big believer in hot glue and a staple gun. Now let me say this. NO ONE sits in these chairs. They look good in the coroners of the room, that’s it! If I had crazy kids who jumped on these things, or even sat in them I would never had done it this way. I just wanted to cover that fabric and I went for a quick fix.
I have more projects to share from my family room, STAY TUNED…….