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January 15, 2008



Sandi, the shots at Hancock's are GORGEOUS! That's the closet I've seen your fabric, I think. I can't wait until I can make something with those pretty, pretty prints! You are so talented! Wow!


I tried to make a slip cover once and it turned out awful. I don't mean to discourage though. What I learned from that experience is that with slip covers you need to be accurate and take your time. I did neither and it turned out awful. That was years ago when I was a beginner sewer so I'm sure if I tried again it would be with better results.

The other thing I've been meaning to poke you about is your camera. What kind do you use?? I need a major upgrade! Maybe for a future blog post you could give tips... I know I'd be interested!


I am currently recovering a couch and ottoman. I'm going to cover the cusions individually, and then slipcover the basic form of the couch underneath. I have no clue how to make it look "professional", and I've made a slipcover for a loveseat before.

I look forward to seeing your progress! What fabric are you going to use? Is the Ginger Blossom cotton thick enough?

ooooh..... because if it is, I think I might want some! :)

Sandi Henderson

No, I'm not using Ginger Blossom for this project. If I wanted to I could fuse it on to something else to make it thick enough, but I have some really cool decorator weight fabric that I got several months ago on clearance for .50 cents! I have about 30 yards to use up so..LOL. I think I'll make a couple pillows out of Ginger Blossom though..



I haven't attempted a slipcover except to recover loose cushions. I once saw a show with a segment by Todd Oldham where he used hot glue to hold the fabric in place and then covered the raw edges with gimp! LOL It's not something I've tried but I thought it might be a quick way to make an old piece look nicer without having to worry about fitting a slipcover.

I bought a book on recovering furniture and they showed creating a pattern with muslin. It looked fairly straightforward - pin in place along existing seamlines, mark and cut with seam allowance added. I look forward to seeing how it comes out!


I'll just watch in suspense to see how you do it and then after that don't be surprised when other "well loved" chairs start being delivered to your doorstep by your friendly neighborhood UPS man.... those will be from me, waiting for their turn to be beautiful LOL... Personally I wouldn't even know where to start!!!!!


Love the chair - the lines are wonderful...I actually have a good friend who does lots of upholstering...if you run into any snags, email me and I'll send you her email so you can ask her questions.


That chair is darling, I can't wait to see the finished product. I have done a few slip covers and my best advice is to park your chair right next to your sewing machine and just keep fitting and re-fitting as you go.
And I'm practically chewing my nails waiting for your fabric release! C'mon Michael Miller!


Can't wait to see it all finished up!

BTW, LOOOVE the flannel. It'll make perfect baby GIRL stuff. :) (LOL-- we still don't know what we're having, but I'm placing my money on lots of pink.)


I love the chair.... Do you have the Cath Kidston Vintage Style book? She somehow had covered armchairs with old checked wool travel blankets and they looked great.... I would be tempted to find a "man who can" personally!!


How is it that you always come across the coolest vintage furniture? Such great lines! (I'm still in love w/ that green ottoman you got! Where did you end up putting it?)
My mom always used to recover couches and chairs when I was growing up, but she never made slip covers. She's in town for a bit, maybe she could help ya out if you go the other route.


YES! I have done a few slipcovers. The hardest part IMO is just cutting into the fabric at first.

The best ones I made, I did a muslin first. Make the "real fabric" pieces a little big, just pin them right on the chair, be patient and take them off one at a time, sew them, pin them back and see how it fits, do the next one....

I can't wait to see how it turns out, you are so talented, it will be fab!


I have never recovered a chair, but one of the blogs that I read had instructions on how she recently did a chair. Look back to November 30 for the beginning of the project.


Good luck! I can't wait to see how it turns out!


Good luck with the chair. I would love to know how you did it once it is done. One of the many things I would love to learn!


I love old chairs like that. I'm currently trying to redo a glider. Its needs new cushions.

I trying to figure out how to make fabric roses and failing miserably. I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. :)


you are an ambitious girl! My mom recovered an entire couch once - it looks fabulous, but sadly she passed none of her knowledge onto me. And she made the one slipcover that I ever had on a couch of mine. Maybe I should invite her up to do a project for you...she always does mine when she comes for a visit.

Amanda K

Are you covering it?? I have no idea how you'd even go about it. BUT I want one of those chairs - just like that tho ;) All beaten up and used looking. Ahhhh in a field out in the middle of nowhere in a photo it would be so perfect.... I'm sure whatever you do, it will look beautiful.

Kim McBirnie

Oh, I absolutely love the chair - I'd be inclined to leave it is it is, it's gorgeous! What time period is it, it has a look of Art Deco (my house is full of deco courtesy of ebay!) Were they an expensive treat or a bargain?

Sandi Henderson

Oh I was so tempted to leave it as it is! The picture makes it look a little better than it is though-for a living room at least. I can totally see it out in a field, what a great burst of color!



I saw Ginger Blossom today in my Hancock's catalog and it looked great! I have done slipcovers and reupholstered and the easiest way I have found to do it is to make a pattern (on pellon or something along those lines)cut out your fabric a little big and then pin the pieces in place on the chair with right sides down. You have to remember that you are working sort of oppositely where the arms are concerned(if that makes sense?) but you can then pin them, put them right side out and try on for fit. I just go slowly that is the way that gave me the best results. Can't wait to see it all finished. Oh- and don't forget to prewash - I won't make that mistake twice!

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