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How to Make Slipcovers – a Six Part Video Series


A little over a year ago I made a six part video tutorial series on making slipcovers.  I used a wing chair as an example, but you can take these skills and make a slipcover for any piece of furniture.  I’ve received so many wonderful e-mails and comments from people with all level of sewing ability who used this series to make their first slipcover.  I thought it was time to put them in one post, so it’s easy to find, easy to share and easy to use as a resource.

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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 – Pin Fitting Arms, Seat and Apron
Part Six – Skirt, Cushion, Tips & Inspiration

You don’t have to be intimidated by the thought of making a slipcover any longer!  If you found this helpful, you can check out my other sewing-related posts HERE.

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  1. I just wanted to say THANK YOU!!! I watched this series several times through and then tackled my sofa. It’s my first and only slipcover and I LOVE IT. Turned out great – under $100 spent. Granted…it did take me a year to complete, but that’s my problem with every project I begin. 😉

    Pictures here:

  2. Can barely hear your voice on the videos as background MUSIC is much much too loud. Is there a way to turn it off?

  3. karen wheeler says:

    Whoa! I just did two chairs on swivels in stretchy uncut corduroy… wish I’s seen your bottom pleated ruffle before I finished!

    LOVE your website!

  4. I hardly write responses, however i did some searching and wound up here How to Make
    Slipcovers – a Six Part Video Series. And
    I do have a couple of questions for you if it’s allright. Could it be simply me or does it look as if like some of the comments come across like they are left by brain dead people? 😛 And, if you are posting on additional social sites, I would like to follow everything new you have to post. Would you list of all of all your social sites like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

  5. robin says:

    PLEASE HELP!!!! Any suggestions, tips or resources for making a wing recliner slipcover?
    Any advice would be so greatly appreciated!

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    He was totally right. This post actually made my
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    Do you have a spam problem on this site; I also am a blogger, and I was curious about your situation; we have created some nice practices and we are looking to swap methods with other folks, be sure to shoot me an e-mail if interested.

  9. Always excellent to learn a new blog this good! I will be back for specific.

  10. I love this and really want to try this on the camel back sofa in my pretty parlor, but I am so nervous about tackling such a big sewing project! After I watch the videos a few hundred times, maybe I will gain the courage! Love your blog!!!

  11. Diane says:

    I love these tutorials. Do you have a video of how to do a box pleat instead of a continuous one for the skirt?

  12. Amparo Porter says:

    Many thanks for sharing this and many other tutorials. You have given me inspiration to tackle a few chores that needed to be done, but didn’t know where to begin. Thanks again! :)

  13. Doreen says:

    Thanks for such a great tutorial on making drop cloth slip covers. After viewing your videos, I completed two recliner slip covers and a couch cover. They turned out really nice, except the fraying. I have already washed them numerous times and the fraying is getting worse each time. After washing them, I have to cut so many threads. I plan on making another set, but besides using a serger, what can I do to stop the fraying? Have you ever heard of using modge podge on the edges or should I use the zig zag stitch. After the piping is done the sewing gets pretty thick. I am using an old Singer sewing machine. Any help on stopping the fraying would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

  14. Sharon says:

    There are a lot of different kinds of canvas drop cloths and different prices. What did some of you use? Also, did you use upholstery thread?

  15. Hi laste week I watched your videos and today I’m nearly finished with a slipcover for my wingback chair, it looks terrific! Thanks so much for your inspiring and informational videos.

  16. Thank you for your wonderful videos. I sew clothes but not covers for wing back chairs! But I kept your calm, reassuring voice in my head throughout the process and am thrilled with the results. Anyone working on this, however, needs to know that it takes time and patience— you can’t do this project in an evening! But stay rested and confidence (listen again to Miss Mustard Seed’s voice) and you’ll succeed. I have a photo but not sure I can attach it! Will send separately.


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