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« on: September 21, 2008 07:01:56 AM »

Hi all!

So I'm a fairly new homeowner, trying to do everything at once (of course) but at least I know how to do all of my projects, right?

Wrong. I don't sew. I have a nice little sewing machine, it works...

Here's the thing- I've made curtains, pillows, etc- nice and easy little projects. I desperately want to make a slipcover, but this is going to be pretty tough. Our couch is a super wierd shape.

I'm a newbie (no pic posts for me yet!) but I think this is how to give you a link to an image of it...
http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=26527086&albumID=1574420&imageID=42703206


Hopefully that works... So any advice? Or (even better) anyone live in Metro Detroit who wants a job?! LOL- I'm frightened of this project, and if you just let me watch I'll hire you!!! hahaha

~Help, please!!~


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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2008 08:56:00 AM »

Very cool couch!  I'd make a cover for the cushion separately.  Then, I'd trace the shape of the rest of the couch, in sections, adding an inch all around, to make pattern pieces (back, arm, other arm, arm fronts, etc.) - maybe on muslin or old sheets (you could always use them on the inside of your upholstery fabric later as a liner) - and cut the upholstery fabric using your traced pattern with an added inch for the seam.  Sew the edges together, slip over, and you're done!

If you use a fabric you like to trace the pattern, it could be reversable if you sew the lining to the upholstery with a finished seam on both sides.

You could do the sections separately, finish the edges, and tie together with ties where the sections meet (sew the pattern fabric to the upholstery right sides in, leaving an opening to turn, and edges are automatically finished).  If the ties are close enough, there shouldn't be too much gapping. 

But - I'm no expert - so - Go to the local bookstore or library and look at the Sewing books - usually the thicker ones have instructions for all kinds of home decorating projects.

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2008 07:59:12 PM »

Very cool couch!  I'd make a cover for the cushion separately.  Then, I'd trace the shape of the rest of the couch, in sections, adding an inch all around, to make pattern pieces (back, arm, other arm, arm fronts, etc.)

I've been so scared of this project that I didn't even THINK of that!! Psh, it's practically DONE now!

Wait... ha, no it's not, still scared of this, but way pumped now! Thank you so much!!
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2008 06:03:21 AM »

I agree, just make a pattern for it by pinning fabric directly to the couch, there are MANY books that you could get that show you how to go about this step by step.
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