Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Ten Month Slipcover

Whew!  I got to check off a big project today!  It only took me 10 months to complete, but I finally did it!  Let me explain.  When we moved into this apartment last April, I went to Salvation Army and bought a "new" sofa.  I had a number of requirements- well made, narrow profile (not too deep), tight rolled arms and removable cushions.  The color wasn't important, because the plan from the beginning has been to slipcover it.  I found all of that in this sofa:
 By the way, how do you like my brown accent wall?  In a dark apartment, it really sucked the light out of the room.  So, I painted the wall and made plans to try my hand at a dropcloth slipcover.  
The picture below shows how far I got.
And it stayed this way for a long time!  (Cute boy and kitty, right?)
I had slipcovered a couch before (2004)- and it was a lot of work!   Which probably explains why it took me so long to get back to it.  Today, I decided to bite the bullet and GET IT DONE!


I am so happy with it!  It looks beautiful.


When I made my last slipcover I did not have nearly as many web references to go to for help.  This time I relied on Miss Mustard Seed's tutorials and the sofa tutorial at Honeybear Lane.  I just can't understand now why I waited so long!  ; )

Made two of those cute chevron pillows today too.  I'm not kidding- I will bring color into the house!  The yo-yo pillow I made back in 2008- still love it.

So, between the kitchen and the couch, I am on a roll!  I still have a lot of projects I'm working on as I'm trying to get to the point where I can do a whole house tour.  Something I have yet to do on the blog.

Stay Tuned!


I'm linking up over at Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch:

6 friends said....:

  1. Great work! I'm not a sewer,so admire you all the more for your skills.

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  2. Fabulous job! I followed Marian's slipcover tutorial, too, and made some slips for some wicker outdoor chairs. Since I'm not a sewer by any means, they didn't turn out as pretty as yours, but the tut sure helped me wrap my brain around the whole project! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  3. Great job Bettsi! I have a question - when people talk about using dropcloths for stuff they always mention that it is cheap. I have found dropcloths to be expensive - do you guys know a secret that I don't know?

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  4. wow...I am really impressed! Your slipcover turned out so great!
    Rene'

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  5. Wow your slipcover turned out so great! Your sofa looks wonderful!

    The Mustard Seed videos are so helpful. I need to see someone doing something when it's complicated like making a slipcover. I could never just follow the written tutorials I found.

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