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Topic: Slipcover encouragement! (and questions, of course)  (Read 904 times)
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« on: June 18, 2008 07:05:18 PM »

Hey folks,

so I told a friend I would make her a slipcover for her sofa. I believe she wants a "relaxed" shabby chic kind of thing, and she said I can use the old ripped one as a pattern for the new one....

I am a little nervous b/c I've never made one before, and I don't know what I've gotten myself into! So I'm wondering exactly how scared I should be, and also, if there are some pitfalls to avoid, mistakes you all have made and learned from, etc.  Huh

Also, she insists on paying me fairly at whatever I deem the going rate....any ideas what a fair price is? She's providing the materials.....

Thanks in advance for your help!

« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2008 05:15:49 AM »

actually I am just refurnishing my sofa. It is not this hard to do. I use my old slipcover as pattern and it works! The armchair is done already.
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But get a fabric of strong quality.  Ikea-fabric or any other normal cotton is just not doing the trick. It will rip very soon again. Don't think about corduroy either.

Take of the old slipcover, unseam it and take measures. With a little counting and the good old  "rule of three" I knew exactly how much new material I needed. It really worked.
Get a very strong thread for sewing. I used the kind o thread one needs to sew jeans with. It works with a sewing maschine. Any thicker thread will cause problems my sewing-machine-shop told me. I am not to sure about that. Just bought a thicker thread and will try next week.

I also bought nonwoven one could iron on the material. I did cut it in long strips (about 1 inch wide) and ironed it on the inside seam of my fabric, just to make it more durable. Then I sewed two pieces of fabric together with the thick thread and with a thinner thread I criss-cross-stitched also. Hope that will hold for a long time.
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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2008 06:59:52 PM »

Stay away from stripes or any definite pattern, it's so hard to match up, plus as a slipcover it will always be shifting.
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2008 07:25:00 AM »

I thought I'd help you out with the price... the most expensive slipcovers I have seen are around $40, well, the kind you and I would actually buy. Some places have customs for insane amounts. Your friend is probably expecting to pay you around $40. Keep your material reimbursement separate from your hourly cost so you don't get burned and you'll be fine Smiley


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