BBB (Back before blogging) I had these two couches, which my husband and I purchase when we were first married. They actually don't look to bad in this picture. But in person they were a mess. With spots and stains (from my beautiful children) and faded yellow spots from sun damage, they needed lots of help. My husband just wanted to replace them. But aside from the cosmetic damage and the dark green color they are in really great condition, just needing a face lift. My goal? To slipcover them.
I started with Miss Mustard Seed's slipcover tutorials, then moved on to free Youtube videos, and figured out how to make them piece by piece. There are also slipcover tutorials that you can purchase, that I am sure save you a lot of time, and I was wishing I had bought one...but it is possible to do it without. I will warn you that making your own slipcovers takes HOURS and HOURS!! One night (because I have 4 kids to take care of) I stayed up the entire night just to get ahead and to work on them without interruption. But now they are finished and as imperfect as they are I still love them!
The best part is that I can throw them in the washer and they look like new again!
The worst part? They were so close fitting, they can be difficult to take on and off!
I really struggled with the zippers--being an intermediate to beginning sewer this was the most difficult part for me! Also the skirt was challenging. But that is because I had to guess how to sew and fit them myself.
I used close to 30 yards of fabric at $5.99/yard for both the sofa and loveseat.
And here is my loveseat again all finished. The damask pillows I printed and made myself, you can read that tutorial here.
Thanks for the visit! This project was time consuming but SO worth it! And yes, I would do it again, just not right away. ;)