I passed by bargain fabrics at Walmart and ended up with 10 yards of a green knit material. The goal was to make a cover for my comfortable, but pink-floral couch. And I did it! I’m very pleased with how it turned out. Especially because it didn’t take me near as much time as I thought it would. (Probably because I made lots of shortcuts. And I love knits because you don’t have to hem.)
Here’s how I did it:
- I measured from the bottom of the couch clear across underneath the cushions, along the back, and back down the other side to the bottom. Cut a piece of fabric a little longer. Luckily my fabric was pretty wide, so I didn’t worry about width.
- Cut two pieced of fabric the width of the arms. Started tucking it all together and holding edges to make sure it would all work.
- Then I cut fabric to go around the cushions. I folded it around, pinned it to fit, and sewed the two side leaving the back open.
- Then I pinned the other three pieces together while the fabric was inside out on the couch. I only did four seams: one at each bottom corner of the couch. I was going to do more but discovered I could simply tuck the fabric and used a staple gun to secure other portions.
That is all (with lots of adjustments along the way). I’m really glad I had the fabric I did: the stretch made it easier to adjust and pull where I needed. And I love not hemming. I have about 3 yards of extra fabric. The total cost of the slipcover was $7. Very, very cheap due to bargain fabric. I want to make a skirt and pillows out of the extra fabric. Then I will match my couch when I wear my skirt.
Here’s the lovely couch before the cover:
Note the pillows that don’t match as well. I redid those last March. Here is the couch now with matching pillows:
It’s not perfect, but I’m happy with it. Got to be better than pink floral. And it cost $7. Can’t complain.
4 thoughts on “The Couch”
And the couch cover looks good. I want to see it in person.
That looks really good! I still have not finished my reupholstering project. I like the color of your fabric too.
That looks great. Glad I’m coming over so I can see in person. I think sewing talent must skip a generation.
I don’t have talent. I just do it anyway. Maybe the desire skipped a generation.