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Video Slipcover Tutorial Series – Part Five


First of all, thanks to Steph from Somewhat Simple for featuring an “oldie” of mine, my sheet music side table.  Steph writes an awesome craft/DIY blog and I am honored to have my work featured there.

Second, for those of you waiting for the mystery paint to be revealed, it will happen tomorrow.  Yay!  I can’t wait to share it with you.  Also, a lot of readers have asked me about waxes and I will definitely share a tutorial about some different brands and how to use it.

After three tries yesterday afternoon and into the wee hours, I was finally able to get the next video in the slipcover series uploaded.  If you’re just joining us, check out the previous installments –

Part One – Sewing Custom Piping
Part Two – Cutting the Fabric
Part Three – Positioning Fabric and Pin Fitting Back
Part Four – Pin Fitting Back, Wings and Arms
Part Five (this post) – Pin Fitting Arms, Seat and Apron
Part Six – Skirt and Cushion

Without further delay, here is Part Five – Pin fitting the arms, seat and apron of the chair.

A full transcript of this video is available HERE.  

The skirt and cushion installments will follow soon!


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  1. Great tutorial! I can't wait for the next installment. And I can't wait for the paint info. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you for this installment. Very clear directions.
    – Joy

  3. Marian, I love the tutorial series. I am ready to tackle a cover of my own. Currently I have two other chairs that need some sort of covering, but they have wood arms or a wood trim that goes around the back of the chair. Do you recommend reapolstering them or would slip covers work? Terry

  4. You know, you can look at diagrams in books all day long and still not really get it and still be SO apprehensive to try making a slip cover for a WHOLE chair. Watching you and listening to your directions as you go through the steps makes me think I may be able to actually do this. I've recovered chair seats, made piping for pillows and for seat cushions I've made and have for a long time wanted to make a slipcover for my sofa. I'm feeling much more brave. Looking forward to the last installment to put it all together in my head. Let's see, now I just have to make the time to do it. That's a whole challenge in itself as you know. Thanks for arranging for and hiring babysitters to do this! It's so generous that you share so much of your knowledge and talent with us. You must hide your halo in pictures…

  5. Hi Marian….I have been following you for a while and this is the first time I have left a comment but I have to tell you thank you for the slipcover tutorials you have made! This last one with the upclose view helps so much. I have bought my cording and some dropclothes and you have given me the courage to try to slipcover my ottoman first. Thanks again!~Hugs, Patti

  6. Oh Miss Mustard Seed slow down! Just kidding I'm watching these in detail, but will actually be starting with the cushion covers for the kitchen table. Thank you so much for including the tutorial in the magazine. I feel like I personally know a celebrity.

  7. loved this installment.
    Loved seeing the pinning and cutting up close. I do have a question. You pin, and then you cut really close to the pin. When you sew, do you sew where the pin is, to the right of the pin or to the left of the pin? LOL, sorry if it sounds dumb, I am just curious.
    Thanks so much for this installment. That little area on the inside of the wing and the little piece where in front of the arm seem the most tricky. You again made it look easy.

  8. Becky says:

    Isn’t it tomorrow somewhere? I’m quite sure it’s after midnight somewhere also! Tell us the paint already PLEASE! LOL

  9. Cheryl,

    Great question! I sew along the pin line, using that as my guide. I remove the pins as I go.

  10. can't wait to hear about the mystery paint! your furniture makeovers are so inspiring!

  11. I finished my slipcover. It's not perfect, but it's the first I've done on a wing chair. When I blogged about it I sent my peeps over to your site to learn all about how to do it. You're such a peach for making a great tutorial! Thanks for all the help.
    If you have time mine is here:

  12. Marian,
    Thanks so much for answering my question. I am looking forward to your cushion installment. Will you be using a zipper to keep it closed or velcro.??? Because I fear the zipper.

  13. Morning Marian,
    Thanks for this installment!
    janet xox

  14. No zippers here! Just an envelope enclosure. Super simple.

  15. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this video tutorial series. I just watched 1-5 all in a row. I can't wait to see the final installment and to maybe try this. I do sew but have always been afraid to try slipcovers. You make it seem within reach for me to do. I feel like I know you so much better after watching this series. Thanks again…you're awesome.

  16. I'm gaining more confidence to actually try this on my own…gasp! Ok, so not totally there yet but you're helping.

    Thanks for the great tutorial and inspiration to try something new.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I just wanted to take a min. and say how much I enjoy your blog. I found it a few months ago and have been reading and learning since. I literally laughed out loud reading the post about you being pregnant and hoping around working on your floors! I'll be decorating a nursery soon and I've been brainstorming ideas from your blog. I determined to use drop cloths in my house. Bought a sample of Aria Ivory yesterday and it's such a soothing color that really seems to work well with both warm and cool tones! I just wanted to drop a line and tell you to keep up the wonderful work!

  18. Thank you Marian for this latest installment – I especially appreciate the close up on the tricky part. Were you holding the camera with your right hand on the first part?? Not only are you generous, creative, kind and energetic –you are Coordinated!!

  19. I know there is more to come but I just can't wait to tell you how much I appreciate this video series. Most folks would have sold these videos instead of sharing them with everyone!! Not only do you share but you hire a sitter so that you are able to do so !! You will be rewarded for being so generous but in the meantime I wish there was something I could do to help you as much as you have helped me!! I would come and babysit but I live in southeast Alabama and it's just a bit too far for me to drive and you don't even want me to send cookies!! If you'd ever tasted my cookies you'd know what I mean. Feeling at a loss I will just say that you have my heartfelt thanks for the generous sharing of your time and talent with your readers.

  20. I can only reiterate what the lovely women before me have said. I have wanted to learn to make slipcover FOREVER. I have a collection of slipcover books but have yet attempted to make one. I have even searched for classes, but to no avail. It is so hard to decipher diagrams in a book, and they never seem to cover the really tricky parts. You are a very generous person and a wonderful teacher. I can hardly wait to start my first slipcover. Bless you!

  21. Im new to Blogland and am so happy I found your site. Where have you been all my life? I've never made a slipcover before but you've convinced me I can do it! Thanks alot!

  22. Hello!

    I'm so excited to have found your video tutorials. I've been in love with the idea of slipcovers for quite awhile, but never thought I could tackle it… now with your videos, I think I can! Just wondering, should I use my serger instead of my sewing machine, or would you use the serger after you've sewed all the seams just to finish the edges nicely?

    Also, do the slipcovers wash up nice once they are done? My chairs will be used a lot and the slipcovers will need to be washed.

    I feel like I won the lottery… I got 4 wingback chairs and an ottoman on Craigslist for $50! All the other ones I could find were at least $95, but this lady just wanted them gone. Woohoo!

  23. Hello! Can anyone tell me (or give me the link, pretty please!) exactly what drop cloth to get? I've searched Home Depot, Wal Mart, Rona, Liquidation World in person and also the Lowes website and so far can't find any drop cloths that are made out of canvas. I couldn't find cording either. I don't mind ordering online… just need to know what to order. Thanks so much!! I am dying to get started on my 4 wing chairs… even though you said not to do a wing chair as your first slipcover project. :)


  24. Vicki says:

    This was a great series and I have a lot more confidence than I did a few minutes ago. However, I bought 8 used dining room Parson’s chairs. They are well built and very comfortable, but are in desperate need of slipcovers to hide their peach/green 80’s fabric. Would you suggest doing the eight chairs the same way by pin fitting them or doing one and creating a pattern from it for all of them. I’m new to slipcovers but a have sewn for years.

  25. Lookin’ good! I was going to comment on the last one about your comment on if you can sew clothes you can make a slip cover. I totally agree! But I will also say I’d much prefer to make a very involved detailed brides dress than a slip cover! I don’t necessarily mind making a slip cover but i LOVE to make a wedding dress :)

  26. Denise says:

    I was just wondering if you have a date that the video for the cushion and skirt will be available. I have finished my skipcover up to that point and now I’m stuck. Thanks

  27. Sharon says:

    See what you’ve started? Your own little army of slipcover makers. I say army because a slipcover for a wing chair is nothing short of battle. Any way my wing chair is. It is an unusual one, in that it has semi loose back pillows. One for your upper back and one lumbar. They are both attached by a hidden single seam to the inside back piece. Any way I am down to the final pieces and have threatened to load it all up and drive from Utah to your home for advice….no kidding.. And this is from a lady that has been sewing for 50 years! Anyway I am going to email you some final pictures and hope you will critique my project? Your inspiration is amazing.


  1. […] Part One – Sewing Custom PipingPart Two – Cutting the FabricPart Three – Positioning Fabric and Pin Fitting BackPart Four – Pin Fitting Back, Wings and ArmsPart Five – Pin Fitting Arms, Seat and Apron […]

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