I did it!!! I finally finished a slipcover for my couch. The whole process took about a week to complete and it was not as hard as I thought it was going to be. My new cover is a blue canvas, we wanted a gray but we fell in love with this blue piece. Want to learn how to make a sofa slipcover? Let me share with you the process.
And if you can not remember my old couch, here is a little reminder. Look at those nasty cushions, I do not miss them.
To make a slipcover for a leather couch was a little tricky because the fabric would move around more as I was trying to pin things together. I followed this great tutorial by Honeybear Lane on how to make a couch slipcover. But I wanted to show you how I completed my slipcover. To start here are the supplies I used.
How to make a sofa slipcover
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I purchased 16 yards of canvas fabric. The upholstery chart stated that I would need 14 yards of fabric but I wanted to wash the fabric before making the slipcover, so I added an extra 2 yards for shrinkage. I have about 2 yards left over after completing the slipcover.
I decided to move my sewing station to the living room to make the process a little easier.
I decided to add piping to the top cushions of my couch. I really wish I could have removed the cushions, like this tutorial, but my cushion was really attached to the couch and this would have taken a lot of work. This piece is what gave me the biggest trouble in sewing everything together, 4 cushions would have been a lot easier.
Make sure when you are coming to corners on the fabric that you sew 1/2″ away from the edges.
Make sure you place the RIGHT side of fabric against the couch, you will be pinning everything inside out.
To sew the panels together, pin the fabric together and trace with the fabric marker.
One thing I wish I would have done was to add piping to the arms, this would have made the slipcover look more professional. But I pinned the fabric together and traced along the arm line.
Here is what my slipcover looks like inside out after sewing all the pieces together.
Before added a hem to the slipcover, I needed to sew the back of the cover together. But you will need to add Velcro to be able to fit the slipcover over the couch. To do this, stitch from the top of the slipcover to 13-14″ away from the bottom (where your hem will be). For the last 13-14″ baste stitch (just a wider stitch) until you reach the bottom.
I cut 2 strips at 4″ x 13″ and cut 2 strips of Velcro at 11 1/2″.
Fold the fabric pieces in half and sew 1/2″ away from the top and bottom edges. Then trim corner by the folded edge, this will give the fabric a point after it is turned.
Turn fabric right side out.
Pin velcro 1/4″ away from the folded edge.
Sew velcro in place.
Place velcro fabric piece 1/2″ down from where you started your baste stitch and pin into place (make sure you are not pinning to the back of the piece of fabric but the side piece).
Then pin the other side of the velcro strip directly across (back panel of slipcover).
Then sew all pieces into place and unpick the basting stitch.
To hem the edges of the slipcover, measure from the floor up and pin into place. Finish by topstitching.
And you will have a complete slipcover. Do not mind the wrinkling fabric because I did not see the point of ironing.
We have really been enjoying our newish couch. I still wish I would have added piping to the arms. And I have found that because my couch is leather under, the cover does slide slightly. But overall a big improvement from before. I now need to add some pillows to give this room some more color because we have a lot of blue going on.
Anyone else making a sofa slipcover or want to?