Homestretch, dudes and dudettes!
Now that you have all your muslin pattern pieces traced and cut out of your Real Live Slipcover fabric, sew it together! Match up the guide lines you’ve marked and Do It To It.
Now slap that baby on the couch for a test fit.
Here’s the back and sides of mine getting a test fit on the ol’ coucheroo.
If you’re adding piping to yours, I find it’s easiest to sew the piping to the most awkwardly shaped piece first. So for my arm piece, I sewed the piping to the front arm piece, then I sewed the piece that wraps aroooound the arm to the piped front-arm-piece. Get it?
Admire your handiwork from all angles.
ARG! aka Step 3
Find the wonky part that isn’t fitting right and stick your tongue out at it.
If you’re lucky, you have no wonky parts. YAY!
If you have a wonky part, pull the slipcover off, turn it inside out, and put it back on the couch.
If there are loose bits, pin them tight.
If there are parts that are too tight/pulling oddly, bust out the seam ripper and repin as necessary. This is where leaving yourself a generous seam allowance will come in handy.
Remove the slipcover, and stitch along your new pin lines.
Fit it back on your couch and now everything should be perfect. Yes?
Or, have a meltdown because it still isn’t perfect.
Rip seams and repin. Now it’s perfect right?
Curse the slipcover gods and sewing demons and swear you’ll never sew another slipcover again as long as you live.
Okay… seam rip again. Seam rip and tear a hole in your nice new slipcover.
Remove the scissors from the vicinity to avoid going stabby stabby when you go smashy smashy.
Start pondering the wisdom of a slipcover versus reupholstering. Do you really need to be able to wash the entire thing? Isn’t being able to wash the cushions, and perhaps even having a pair of backup cushion covers good enough?
Decide on reupholstering instead of slipcovering and fantasize about hot glue and a staple gun.
That’s how I did it, anyway.
Seriously though, if you are set on a slipcover, don’t let me scare you away. The truth is that my slipcover, after my second round of fine tuning, was more than adequate. No one but me would have noticed the imperfections. I probably would have kept tinkering until it was perfect until I put the hole in it.
And if I had just taken a break from the demon slipcover, I probably would have been more patient, and thus wouldn’t have ripped a hole in it in the first place!
The truth is: I’m a perfectionist until the shit hits the fan, and then I’m like, “Eff it, let’s Macguyver this and be done with it.” I’m sick of looking at the couch in it’s current state, so bring on the hot glue gun!
So I’ll finish the tutorial, minus photos, since we know I didn’t get that far.
Sew the under-cushion lining piece to the back/side portion that’s already assembled. Remember where your tucks are!
If your piece of furniture doesn’t have a skirt, you just need to trim your seam allowances (use pinking shears to protect against fraying) and hem! If you do need a skirt, press onward.
I planned on hemming the skirt before attaching to the rest of the slip cover. The end of my skirt would overlap around the front arm and fasten to itself with some buttons or snaps to keep the whole thing together and make for easy removal.
Put the slipcover on the couch again, and start pinning the skirt from one end.
Sew the skirt to the cover, add your closure, and you’re done! If you need instructions for making the pillow and cushion covers, you can google it, or wait until I do the reupholstering tutorial.
Stay tuned for adventures in amateur reupholstering!