One thing I did during Thanksgiving break is slipcover my hubby’s new chair. We bought this chair 9 years ago (actually, just before we moved to California), and the fun citrus print set the color scheme of the family room. Fast forward 9 years, the chair structure has held up really well, but the fabric, well see for yourself: Yup, it’s time had come! So, I dyed some heavy canvas a lovely gold color I’m calling persimmon, from the Autumn Splendor palette I’ve been working on. I dyed this full immersion in the washing machine, there is still some visual texture, but much much less than what I get when I dye LWI: After making piping, I set to work. I first cut out blocks of fabric and pin it to the chair. Then I pin these pieces together along the seamlines and trim.
Once it’s all trimmed, I unpin one side, this is where the zipper will be inserted. Then I lugged the whole thing over to the sewing machine and started stitching, pulling out the pins when I get to them. Whenever I wanted a seam to have piping, I would just unpin a couple of pins at a time, insert the piping in and keep going.
I will say it was great that the chair fit in my sewing room, that makes it a lot easier to be able to go back and form between the chair and the sewing machine. And having the bed risers meant I didn’t have to bend down quite so far, which was awesome.
Eventually, it was done!
Here it is back in it’s rightful place, complete with a perfect pillow:
Sorry for the color shifts, I was not in the mood to keep re-setting white balance, I wanted to get this slipcover OVER! This last picture is the closest to what it really looks like.
Anyway, it’s done! hooray! And honestly, if you choose the right fabric (non-directional, small or no print) so you don’t have to worry about getting things to line up, it’s not THAT hard, and most definitely less expensive than either paying somebody else or buying a new piece of furniture! 😉
I love my new pillow, I’ll tell you more about them soon!