I finished it right before this past Thanksgiving, because we hosted this year and I wanted my house to look great. I had but one problem:
|Exhibit A: The "What Were We Thinking?" chair|
1. Humongous roses.
2. Sad, sad cushion, beaten down by life. And my Cadbury-Mini-Eggs-loving tookus.
3. Torn seams and exposed foam at the corners of the cushion (not pictured) as a result of reckless abuse by my children.
4. Lumpy, misshapen cushion on the back of the chair.
5. I mentioned the roses, right?
(I wish I'd known back then that I was going to put this out there for all to see. I would have taken more pics of the process!)
Anyway, I searched high and low for suitable slipcover fabric. It would have taken me about an hour to find, if not for my ever-present budget. What a buzzkill. I wanted to spend no more than $60 on the whole project. I know that's ambitious, considering that, according to my calculations, I'd need about 12 yards of fabric. Not to mention the cording! I forget how many yards I needed of that, but I do remember not wanting to make bias tape and/or cording for quite a long time afterward.
I checked every online option, frequented Jo-Ann Fabrics, even made a special trip to some warehouse in a neighboring town. Nothing. FINALLY, I found the perfect fabric, on clearance, at Jo-Ann's. The problem? 8 yards and no more.
But time was a-wastin'. I snatched up those 8 yards for a mere $30....a clothesline for my cording (clever, right?) and went to work. With some very carefully planned-out cutting, plus a little "frankensteining", I made those 8 yards cover the whole thing.
I love making slipcovers because it's like doing a huge puzzle. And I love puzzles. :)
My strategy for reviving the cushions was to make their covers just a little too small. Stuffing them in was no fun, but well worth it.
At the end, I hand-sewed the chair into the slipcover - the parts that I was afraid would tear in the process of putting in over the chair. Just like on Project Runway! Sort of.