Tuesday, October 30, 2012
My First Slipcovers
I toyed with the idea of trying to reupholster them myself and then stumbled onto Miss Mustard Seed's slipcover video tutorial. I am a big Miss Mustard Seed fan. I made her no sew ruffle Christmas tree skirt last year which was a huge hit. I still get emails from people asking me if I'll be making them again this year (I'm not. Sorry!).
Back to the chairs. I was feeling pretty optimistic after watching her videos. She encourages you to just keep going even though as you're pinning it all it looks like absolute crap and you're convinced that there is no way this will turn into a slipcover.
The first slipcover took about 3 (very long) nights to complete. I took a bit of a break before starting on the second. I was certain that being the now seasoned-slipcover-veteran that I was, the second slipcover would be a breeze and actually turn out so much better than the first. Wrong. I don't know if I was rushing to just be done with it or if I wasn't as careful because I was a little more "comfortable" but the second one has all kinds of wonky spots. I mean it's a slipcover...it's not supposed to be perfect, right? :-/
The backs have little grosgrain ties. You can see down at the bottom of this one on the right where I didn't finish the seam. Why? I don't know. But after taking it off and putting it back on 400 times I wasn't taking it back off to finish a 3" seam!
If you've ever wanted to sew a slipcover, I cannot recommend Miss Mustard Seed's tutorial enough!