Thursday, September 29, 2011

Slip Cover Joy

Last year my friend Yanet from 3 Sunkissed Boys offered up a challenge to me to make a slip cover for my ugly ugly rocker when I posted about how much I didn't like it.
(can't find that post right now, ugh!)

I have to say that that frightened me because I can't sew very well. I can make a pillow and that is about the extent of my abilities.
Through the months I have come across many beautiful slipcovers in blogland that were just toying with me.
A couple months ago we replaced ugly, ugly recliner with just another ugly recliner but better made. (thank mom and dad)
Here is "new" recliner.

(sorry about the photos)

I did my research online and found Miss Mustard Seeds video tutorials the best help for me. So I watched them and then started in using a large drop cloth that I have had for a while that had been washed and bleached several times.

I started piecing, cutting and pinning the sections together,

I used the hems that were already there for the back. I still have to make ties or use velcro to keep the back together.
This made it for easy off an on.

I tucked in some areas as well because I had to have some extra so when we lean back the seams don't rip.
This whole section is one piece.

After that was all done, I worked on the cushion doing the same thing. I cut around the cushion, then made a strip, well actually two because I didn't have enough drop cloth left, for the sides and pinned then and sewed. I made a flap for the back and attached velcro so I can take it off and wash it if need be.

I had to think about the foot rest for a while but I decided that the easiest thing would be to unscrew the pieces, wrap them with the cloth and staple on. I figured drop cloth is inexpensive so if it gets dirty I will just replace it. :)

I am SO not that great at this but it works.
There are holes and unfinished seams and hopefully it doesn't fall apart when I wash it.
I like it, it does the job and it will just have to do. :)

Wanna know my next big project?
sure, why not! :)

I am revisiting this mess...

I have already done some painting and I lost the battle with the cat pee so up came the carpet.
I will post pictures soon of what I have done and what I am thinking about doing!

Oh and my logs came in!!!!

I love them!

Cozy huh?!
I am still thinking about what to do with the hearth, I have a few ideas in mind.

The glow is really nice, the crackle, eh!
It does not sound that real or at least it would, but there is this large click that goes off that kind of ruins it, but all in all I am really happy with it.

Have a great weekend!!!



tinajo said...

You did good! I´d be so lost if I ever tried to do that, I actually don´t think I´d succeed at all..! :-D

beachcomber said...

very clever! using a drop cloth is a great idea. love the fireplace at night.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love the slipcover! it softens the look and makes it so much more michelle. and i can't wait to see what you make of that mess! :)

Hartwood Roses said...

How wonderful that you jumped right in and slip covered the recliner!! I use drop cloths for all sorts of things! Slip covering will be one of my next projects.

We will all be following along as you work on your next project. I sympathize with the cat pee ... we have our own battle going on right now, and we are losing.

Comeca Jones said...

Great job on the slipcover and as for the logs you have me thinking they would be great for my chiminea.

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

You did so good on your slipcover. I would never attempt something like that. Way to go! Logs look great!

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Oh my - anybody that can do a slipcover has my utmost admiration! Where do you get your energy Michelle. Give me some o dat!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

The slipcover turned out great! You're very good at picturing something in your head and then making it work.

Gwendolyn said...

You did a fab job with your slip cover! So chic now!

once in a blue moon said...

Great job on your chair, I have your whale :)

Anonymous said...

Good job!! I think it looks great.


High Street Cottage said...

Is there any end to your talent? I'm still trying to master threading my machine hehe
It looks awesome and such a nice change, perfect for your Coastal home, Michelle. Have a lovely weekened, we're going to see temps lower to the 70's finally! Fall is upon us. xxx

Beach House Living said...

Feel free to visit and re-cover items here. The chair looks great.

Red Gate Farm said...

Great job on the slip cover! I've been thinking of making my own for a chair and sofa... they are already slip-covered since they came that way but it is a darkish green and is velvet.... I'd like to be able to change it for the spring/summer months. I looked into buying another premade set and it would be over $1,000 so I think I could afford a few drop clothes for the cause.

The "logs" are great! Hope you will feel warm and cozy in the upcoming winter months,

Tanya said...

Love the chair! I would never have the guts to try and take on recovering a whole chair. You did it wonderfully. Have a great weekend :)

Anonymous said...

You did such a great job. I feel like you blazed the trail for those of us who have wanted to slipcover but like you don't feel like we are great at sewing. Love the look of your new chair. Blessings, Wanda

michele said...

i watched mms's tutorial and felt so empowered and have still not attempted to do what you did brilliantly! it looks fabulous...and if it's imperfect, all the better so no one will forget the slipcover is HANDMADE.

love to you.


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I keep walking through my house thinking of all the cute things I can say on this post! Please know that I am having fun with you! looks great! But then....let me LOOK AGAIN! EEEE! You've stolen MY recliner and recovered it! We are not at the condo right now so I guess I will be in for a nice surprise when I get back! heeheehee! Here's a link to give you an idea of what in the world I'm talking about....

Enjoy your day! And thanks for the great job you did on my recliner! I will enjoy it! ♥♥♥ I am still laughing, too...this is so funny! We always have fun in blogland and surprises along the way! ♥♥♥

Passionate for White said...

You aced the challenge!

Deborah said...

Oh hunny, you did a wonderful job on that recliner!!
Love it!!!
I cant even imagine how finicky that would be to make :)
It looks great with your dreamy seaside home.
And those crackling logs are darling!!
They make it look so warm and cozy hunny!

I love that upstairs loft..cant wait to see what you do..I know it'll be breath-taking!
Love you peanut!!!

Deborah xoxoxoxooxoxoxox

At The Picket Fence said...

Well done on that slipcover my friend!!! I am so impressed at you tackling that project and it turned out just fantastic. :-) And I love your fireplace logs!

NanaDiana said...

Michelle-You did a really good job-especially considering it is your first ever project like that and that you don't sew much! I think it looks great.

Looks like a big job that you are taking on there in that room. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

And, as for the fireplace, why don't you just lay some loose tiles down on the floor and set the fireplace on it until you decide what you want to do? Or...cut a piece of black foamboard and put it inside to set the logs on...that will give it a "base". I love that you were able to find some logs though! xo Diana

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


This is amazing. YOU ARE BRAVE! I would have NEVER EVER KNOWN HOW TO DO THIS, and my father was a professional upholsterer!!! THIS IS WONDERFUL! And your logs are fabulous. Isn't it cozy?????


Karena said...

Michelle I am really amazed; no way could I do a slipcover like that. Bravo!!

There are always more projects right?


Art by Karena

Sizzle and Zoom said...

I really like what you did with the chair. The logs make the room look so warm and cozy.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Good for you to jump right in and tackle this looks great...job well done!!!!


Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

I am so, or should I say, sew impressed with your slipcover!! A friend of mine is making one, too, and I can't get over how great the dropcloth looks! Love it!

Tricia @ A Rosy Note said...

Oh, Michelle, you did great! The thought of making a slipcover seems like such a big job. I have a few things that could use one, but it seems so overwhelming. I can't wait to see what you're going to do in the cat pee room ;)

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Kudos to you for try to create your own slip cover! I got as far as "watching" the Miss Mustard Seed's video series. You did a great job on the slip cover!

Patti's Artful Design said...

Hi Michelle....the slipcover looks wonderful! Isn't it amazing how a neutral color just makes a room more serene?! I love that space you are working on...what is it going to be....a dedicated work space for you? I know you will make it lovely...whatever it is to become:)! Thanks for stopping by:)

A Cottage Muse said...

Great job looks fantastic!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

you never cease to amaze me, Michelle, with your endless list of talents. You are so lovely the way you are always willing to try new things...and I'd say you've coped magnificently. Go you!


Tybee Dreaming said...

Wow great job on the slip cover. I wish I had half of ur talent AND energy. The logs look great. if that doesn't get one in the mood for fall nothing will.

koralee said...

Loving your slip cover....I need to get cracking and cover a few things as made it look easy...thanks for the inspiration my friend. Happy Friday to you.

Love of the Sea said...

You did an amazing job. I am so impressed. That looks great. Slipcovers are the best thing ever. Most of my house is is so practical. I love it. Hope all is well. Have an amazing weekend!!!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I admire you for tackling it and doing such a great job with it! Wanna come visit and tackling a reupholstery job?! :)

Martina said...

Michelle, i wonder how you still manage to find places in your house that need a makeover. YOu're the craftiest and most energetic person i know, when it comes to making dreams into reality! Love all the things you show here - and hope you relax over the weekend! xx

Cozy Little House said...

You did a great job! You have more nerve than I do!

Kindra-At Home With K said...

Way to go covering your chair! You would never know this was your first time.:-) Love your fireplace and touches of fall!

Heaven's Walk said...

You go, Martha!!!! Do you hire out....?? lol! You did a great job and it looks absolutely fabulous! I can just imagine how cozy that sweet fire feels in your room, too. LUV it! :)


xoxo laurie

Tonya said...

You did a great job on the slipcover! The recliner looks great!! Don't you just love dropcloths? Who knew?!

blessedmom's simple home said...

I am so impressed with your slip cover!! You did a wonderful job. You're going to start having your neighbors ask you to make slip covers for them :)

ANNE said...

Bravo, Michelle! I wouldn't try to tackle a chair that complicated, yours looks great! I am really looking forward to see what you do with that nice room, love the architecture of it.

Claudia said...


Love the slip cover on your chair and your Fall decor on your mantel....we love decorating for Halloween! I was having trouble commenting before but now it's all fixed. I look forward to your posts.
Thank you for sharing.


Melissah from Coastal Style said...

Michelle, what a fantastic job suddenly it looks all beachy & shabby chic - very stylish. Well done!

Low Tide High Style said...

Love our chair, you did such a great job! And your logs are so cozy, perfect for the chilly fall and winter months!

Kat :)

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Great job! I've been wanting to replace my chair and ottoman with a recliner, but they are just usually so yucky. Thanks for the inspiration that a recliner can be slipcovered beautifully. I'll be on Craigslist looking for a chair to will also be my first attempt at slipcovering.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I am so proud of you for taking on a slip cover! You are so brave. I would never attempt to slipcover a recliner. Wow girl! It looks so pretty!! You did a great job!
Love your beautiful new header!

beachside cottage Linda said...

Great transformation - lots of patience, too! Looks fab!

Happy about your "hearth" - I love fireplaces - faux or otherwise!

Best Wishes,

beachside cottage

(like the new blog header!)

Robin said...

Your slipcover turned out Great! Fabulous job my friend. It's amazing what a little fabric can do.

Oh and you've started a new obession for me. I now can't stop thinking about adding a faux fireplace to my living room. The glowing logs just finish the whole thing off so nicely. I love it.


OK...that looked like quite the challenge, but you managed to pull it off! Looks so much better....


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