Sunday, March 21, 2010

Turning a Twin Sheet Set into a Couch Slipcover...

Lately I've been getting quite fed up with the crappy Army issued furniture in my home. 
If you've ever lived in housing and borrowed their couches you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about-- PURPLE DINOSAUR SKIN COUCHES! lol... They go with just about nothing in my living room!.. It was about time for a change. Unfortunately, slipcovers can get pretty expensive. That's when I grabbed my purse and started off to the PX. What could I use to improved the awful look of these dreadful couches without blowing a ton of money?
BINGO! I bought a gorgeous chocolate cover for my sofa for just over 80.00... But I still had the chair to spruce up. Hmmmm... A twin size sheet set will do! ;0) 
I found a nice chocolate one for around 9 bux! Perrrrfect! Now off to my workshop, I mean, house!
I took the sheets out of the bag and placed them around to get an idea of how I would piece the cover together.
First, I cut the fitted sheet so that the corners fit in the elastic corners. Basically, I cut the fitted sheet in half.
I liked the way it looked and moved on to the next step... I used a seam ripper to pull the elastic out of the sheet corners.
Now take the flat sheet and place it so that the long side is running from the back of the chair to the front of the chair. Fiddle around with it and trim it where it's needed. Once it's in place, pin the three sheet pieces together.
Sew allllll the way around and hem the bottoms.
It should start looking like it's taking the shape of a chair cover.
After the sewing is mostly complete, place it back in the couch and make any necessary adjustments.
Notice how perfectly the fitted sheet corners hug the chair's arms?
Finish tucking and pin anything extra up in place with some pretty little upholstery nails.
Add a pillow or throw and VOILA! No more ugly patterned chairs!
Now, if I wouldn't have told you which cover I bought... could you tell the difference?
My pocket could! ;0) I saved so much $$ making my own chair cover! Hope you enjoy and please feel free to leave your comments or questions.
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***I Just wanted to mention the blog I got my inspiration from! Another Carolina girl! :) Pink and Polka Dot Her blog posts helped me get an idea of what the heck I was doing and gave me the confidence to give it a go!


Pink and Polka Dot said...

Absolutely genius! Great job!

Mrs. Snugglebunny said...

I am always amazed by you!

Steena said...

Thanks so much :0)

Steena said...

Wow!! Pink and Polka Dot! I actually got inspiration from you and you commented my blog! I am soooo thrilled :0D You have made my day!

Pink and Polka Dot said...

Steena, just wanted you to know that I featured your slipcover today. have a great weekend!

Couch Slipcover said...

This is totally amazing. I never had an idea about this. I have to try this also. :)