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« on: January 07, 2006 09:36:50 AM »

since i have a pretty good idea how to make the pattern (thanks to the amazing Fembot  Cheesy ), now all i need to know is what type of fabric should i buy to make a couch cover cover.


i have this Ikea couch with the Ransta natural (ie natural off white cotton color, showed the grey because its easier to see) cover, but i hate that it gets so dirty so often, and i have to bring it to a laundromat to wash it b/c i have a mini 1 person machine.

I could just buy a new cover, but the color opions are limited/boring, or dye it (but as we all know you can't guarantee a good dye job), so i thought a good solution might be to sew a cover for it... but HOW? i doubt i could get a large enough piece to of fabric to cover the entire couch, so my guess is i'd have to make a quilt or "stripes" of fabric... i have an idea of how to make the top/front of the couch, but am not sure how to make the sides. Also, how would i sew the "angle" into the fabric.

Last but not least, what do you think the best material to use would be? Its going to go over the couch's original cover so it doesn't have to be too thick but it shouldn't be sheer and it should have some weight to it.
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2006 10:12:20 AM »

let me get this straight...
you are sewing a cover for a cover?
if this is true somewhere on here..sorry I don't have the time this morning...there is a blurb on using tape to make a pattern from finished clothing.
It was an article in Threads magazine or in SewNews I'm not sure which.
It basically tells you to use low tack masking tape and cover the item from seam to seam and then carefully peel it off and place it on some kind of paper. Voila - instant pattern, just add seam allowances and go.

hope this helps

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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2006 10:31:17 AM »

basically yes, i'm making a cover for the cover (because it would be really hard to make a stand alone cover... fabric would need to be thick and padded)
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2006 04:15:34 AM »

That's your basic pattern for this cover.
Basically, you'll want to take the measurements of the existing cover, be sure to add a bit of length to measurement A (or D, both the same length) and C, because you want to make sure the old cover doesn't poke out of the bottom of the new cover. A (and D) is the measurement from the seat of the sofa to the bottom of the cover. B is the length of the sofa, C is the measurement from the back of the seat over the top of the sofa to the bottom of the cover at the back. There are two pieces, the bottom one is the seat part, which is just a square, if you want it fitting snugly you can taper it like the dotted line. Just sew the two D lines together, and make sure you have a seam allowance at the A/B end when you're done, because you'll need it later. The other bit is the rounded top end of the sofa, you'll have to draft a pattern for the two rounded parts from the existing cover, then start sewing at the * end, sewing the two C lines together (again you can taper it if you want it tighter at the bottom. The C seam will not reach the end of the rounded bit of fabric, it will stop halfway there, leaving you just enough to attach the A part of the other section. When you have these two pieces done, you sew them together along the lines A, B and A again, and you have a full cover. E are the seams that will end up at the bottom of the cover. I'd suggest hemming them last when the whole thing is done, or maybe hemming in a channel for a drawstring or some loose elastic. The Ikea cover itself isn't exactly the best fitting thing ever made, so be creative, or you'll end up with a very loose fitting sack.

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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2006 04:27:38 AM »

Here's where the various seams line up on the finished cover:

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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2006 06:11:27 AM »

wow fembot that was fantastic! TY so mcuh.

i started to think of how id make the pattern, and came to the conclusion that teh sides would be rounded L shapes, but your solution makes more sense (and will be much easier!).

Now i just have to find the right fabric thats also big enough for the each single piece... any suggestions?

« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2006 07:18:11 AM »

You're welcome. Even the ikea cover itself doesn't use the l-shape, it seems to have the seam marked A as well. I would use the fabric lengthways, instead of straight up, if you catch my drift. I can't imagine the bottom piece would be more than about 3 feet wide (from the B to the E seam) Then you'd probably need two lengths for the top piece, I'd cut it like this from three lengths of fabric:

Cutting it the other way up would leave a seam running down the centre, which wouldn't be ideal, and would be really hard to line up when you're sewing the B seam. Ergo, you'll be needing something with no pattern whatsoever, otherwise the pattern would run really weirdly, especially up the short sides of the square piece. Bonus of cutting it this way, if the sofa is standing against a wall, is that you could, if you're using expensive fabric, choose to use a scrap of something else for the yellow bit, which would be the bottom of the back panel, and therefore not visible.

Other than that, I have no real advice, the only thing I'd say is that if you are using something with a pattern, or even a texture, I'd cut the two short ends of the bottom piece seperately and join them on, creating a seam from the point where A joins B to the top of the D seam, just because I think that would look neater.

Good luck.

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