Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Slipcovered the Green Giant!

Did you guys hear angels singing yesterday?

I finished my slipcover!  WOOHOO - applause, applause!

After sticking myself about a million times, blowing up a sewing machine, ordering a new one, then knocking the belt off that one, fixing it @ 2am, having my house smell like a swimming pool for a week from all the bleach, dropcloth scraps everywhere and becoming one with my seam ripper, I finally finished the slipcover for my living room sofa and I-LOVE-IT! It was worth every drop of blood and every minute of sleep lost. I've been doing the happy dance all day.  Am I being too dramatic? Maybe..but this was an ordeal and I'm doing it all over again with this couch.  I'm a glutton for punishment.

This is what it did look like...

A Hickory Chair sofa that I had made 12 years ago.  It has a hardwood frame and still solid as a rock (even after being dropped off the back of a moving truck a few years ago). It's a great piece but I was sick of the green fabric & it was showing some wear.

Inspiration photo:

 One more of mine...

  Here's the view from the kitchen. The strapping on the pillows ties into the framed coffee bag hanging over  the other sofa (I'm going to sand and restain that sofa in the spring.)

I have my fingers crossed that this next slipcover is easier and goes a little faster.  I think I'm going to dedicate a post to dropcloths because I learned a few things the hard way and (queue talk show tears), if I can save just ONE person from making the same mistakes I made...

I'm off to make swiss cheese out of my hands again..it's so unnerving to get jabbed with a pin..something to look forward to *sigh*.

I'm going to be linking to these parties.

Take it easy,


  1. Oh, wow!! Jennifer, the sofa looks amazing! Really, I know you went through a lot but it was worth it-maybe I did hear angels singing yesterday...

  2. That's quite a project you took on. Came out great.

  3. Oh how I appreciate your sofa slipcover! It's beautiful! You did an amazing job! I feel your pain on a smaller level. I made one for a chair, recently. I don't think my little Singer could take on a sofa cover! Sorry about your machine...ugh!

    Beautiful new sofa!


  4. gorgeous, i wish i could sew like that! some day. lol thanks for linking to my party!

  5. Awesome job.....it looks terrific! I sew, but the idea of a slipcover totally freaks me out. You go girl....

  6. Great job on the slipcovers...been going thur your blog and love the things you have redid. I'm your newest follower:)


  7. looks fabulous! i started a slipcover once...and gave up about 5 minutes in...so my hat's off to you...visiting from 'anything goes.'


    stuff and nonsense

  8. Beautiful job. Wish I had the patients to make a slip cover for mine. You are very talented!!! ~~Sherry~~

  9. Bring on the tutorial girlie! I am planning on tackling a slipcover myself. However, until last week I had never even threaded a needle,much less sew something that I planned to keep! My mom gave me her old sewing machine and what can I say... I got brave and attempted a small project! I slipcovered our dog's crate! Ha! I even put a little ruffle around the bottom, so I feel your pain with the pin cushion finger feeling!! Anyway, I'm gonna be hanging around here waiting for your tips & tricks cause you did a fantastic job!!! XOXO

  10. I'm always so impressed with people who make slipcovers, because I started one once, but I still haven't finished it. Yours looks incredibly professional! Excellent work!


  11. I am so impressed. It looks like it was so much work but well worth it. It came out better than your inspiration photo. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

  12. That's determinaition! I can't wait to see how you did it! It looks so good!!!

  13. A to the AMAZING!!!!

    Well done

    Janet xox

  14. A job well done! My hat's off to you!

  15. Having just made a slipcover myself I totally relate to your post. Mine was for a recliner. You did a fabulous job! This is my first time at your blog, I'm off to look around.

  16. This looks incredible! Can't wait to see what you do next. I'll follow you on FB -- I am on there too.

  17. It really looks great and I admire you for sticking with it. That is probably why I have put off making slips for so long. I know what you mean about the swimming pool smell from bleaching drop cloths :)


  18. Beautiful job on the slipcover. Can't believe this is your first one. I look forward to reading your tips because I have a sofa that I'd like to cover.


  19. Fabulous! Did you read any one else's tutorials for hints or wing it? I would love to do this myself.

  20. I love it! Looks great! I also slipcovered my sofas in cream/white and they were green!

  21. Wow, so awesome! I stumbled this post. I have been severely tempted to make my own slipcover but just can't bring myself to do it. But good work, it looks great!


  22. Yours looks better than the inspiration photo!! Awesome job, and funny blog��


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