Decorating · Slipcovers

Pretty Parsons

We all have it (or had it)…the gold and maroon furniture. Though these colors still can have a place in our homes, the trend tends to be towards colors and textures that are more natural looking, in subtle tones such as the muted tans, creams and blues. If you find yourself painting your rooms with the endless variations of beige and grays, you might find that these gold and maroon furniture pieces don’t marry well with them. But you don’t have to run out and get new furniture as long as the pieces are structurally sound and comfortable.

Consider the parson chair (those armless side chairs). For a small understated piece of furniture, they are a great way to anchor the end of a table, finish off a corner of a dining room or bedroom, or just sit in an entry way with a small table and lamp ready to catch your belonging when you come home.

My client brought these very loved parson chairs that were the purr-fect height for her table. Unfortunately, the cats loved them too, using the skirts as their purr-sonal scratching post (OK, enough with the puns). I really couldn’t wait to see the complete transformation new fabric would make on these chairs.

She found her fabric at HomeGoods, of all places. I can tell you, I roam HomeGoods a couple times a month and have never found fabric, but at this particular time and place, she happened upon fabric. Luckily she found enough as there would be some major pattern matching to do to do this fabric and chairs justice.

Knowing that my client wanted to be able to wash the final slipcovers as her cats would likely continue to sleep on the chairs, I pretested a sample piece of the fabric to see how it would wash. I shrank a bit but washed beautifully. After washing all of the fabric and cutting off the existing skirt, I proceeded to make the very tailored, perfectly matched, skirted slipcovers. Crisp, fresh and in a beautiful color pallet that will serve her well for today’s color schemes.

Remember, just because you bought a piece of furniture for a specific space a year or even years ago, it doesn’t have to live there forever or have the same look. Maybe it is time to re-imagine a new space for it with some new clothes.

Denise

family · Intentional Living

FOCUS

It’s 2020! I woke up to this beautiful sunrise at the lake on New Year’s Day and couldn’t help but marvel at this beautiful life and what the past decade has brought us…graduations, weddings, grandchildren, career and location changes, challenges and opportunities, love and loss.

This new year and decade has such a nice ring to it. You can’t help but be drawn to focus and clarity. It’s a constant reminder just by saying it. I think having a focus and vision for the new year is always a good thing, whether you call it a resolution or not, and it is also good to take your time to think about it. Personally, I like to ease into the new year. It usually takes me a few days to catch up on sleep, clean up the holiday remnants, slowly put decorations away, write out to-do lists, fill in a new calendar, work on the budget, clean out the frig, etc. etc. Once those distractions are out of the way, it is easier to focus on what needs to be done and what I want to accomplish over the next twelve months. It’s actually through the holiday season and this process that I settle on my “word” that I want to focus on for the new year.

This year, my word is BALANCE. I kind of “stumbled” on it just after Christmas when visiting my son and his family in Maryland. Have you ever tripped on your own feet? You know, where the rubber meets the road (literally) and just stops? Well, this happens to me quite a bit. I actually have a reputation for tripping and falling, just ask my husband. Once I even ended up in the ER from a stumble while on a hike in Sonoma, CA.

Nothing physically wrong with me so don’t worry. But I do tend to have wobbly ankles, sluff as oppose to picking up my feet and seem to find the tiniest of pebbles that will trip me up. So my goal is to work on my physical balance and get more into yoga to strengthen my core. Hopefully this will take care of that.

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One of my “words” for the year.

Then there’s the elusive work/life balance. At first I thought I had this mastered as I was able to make all of my client deadlines and manage to go the the lake house every weekend and extended stays, make trips to visit my kids and grand kids and even take a few weeks vacation throughout the year. However, what I discovered when revisiting my resolution list from last year, is that the things that I wanted to focus on kept getting pushed off to the side for when I had extra time, if ever, or the end of the day when I was tired (from getting up at 5:00 am probably). On that list were to journal, pray, and exercise. I also wanted to read more, which I found I actually did quite a bit of, probably because I could just sit there and not move while I did it (even then I would often fall asleep). Somehow I managed to read about ten books.

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Of course it is easy to state a resolution or goal and make lists, but not so easy to actually implement them. You need to set up an action plan that will work for you and your personality. Only you know you. For me, I discovered I am definitely a morning person. Would I like to sleep in until seven or eight? You bet, but as soon as my brain gets word that it’s morning (thank you doggies for your morning wake-ups), getting up at 5:00 am allows me the quiet alone time to journal, pray, read and write out my intentions and lists for the day with that first fresh cup of coffee. I find when I do this I am more centered, energized and ready for the day. FOCUSED.

This is where I want to be. I am hoping by implementing this little step I will get that balance I have been seeking year after year and I am sure will set me up to reach my other work and personal goals that I set. Time will tell. (I may want to schedule in a fifteen minute nap in the middle of the day too).

I recently subscribed to Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper. If you want to start your week out with a positive spin and inspirational stories, check it out. It hits my inbox on my way to church and I read it for that forty minute drive each Sunday. There’s a lot of content there that you can dig through as the week goes on to counter all the heavy negative news we hear and see on TV. Check it out.

When all is said and done, only 8% of the 60%-70% of people who actually make resolutions,keep them and the rest give up after only twelve days. With those statistics, I think it might be wise to wait and be ready to make the changes. Take your time, think about it, prepare your environment for it. Set yourself up for success. Or don’t. Just try to live your best life each day. It really as simple as that. As long as we are still willing to grow and change I think that is all we can really ask for.

So cheers to you and living your best life in focus with a clear vision for your future. Happy New Year, Happy New Decade!!

Denise

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window treatments

Cornice Classics

I met Leslie by referral. She had heard I sewed from her neighbor and wanted to know if I could make her a couple of cornices for a guest bedroom. Actually, you don’t have to know how to sew in order to make a simple cornice. If you have a saw and a good stapler, you can do it too. Having never actually made a professional cornice I offered to make her first cornice for free for the experience and practice.

I wanted to make sure I made them professionally and knew what I was doing. So after watching a video from Kim’s Upholstery, I constructed my first cornice for a window at our lake house. It turned out pretty good! I was ready!

What is a Cornice?

 Cornices are hard window top treatments, meaning the fabric is often created by upholstering a board ( like plywood) and unlike a valance there is no loose fabric hanging at the bottom. Used to hide window treatment hardware or just to add a pop of color to the room, cornices are a great addition to your interior design. When kept simple, they can be a great way to add “art” to your windows, coordinating with your window panels or just by themselves.

There are many ways to design a cornice. You can go completely straight and simple, as this client did with the “Virginian” focusing mainly on the fabric selection, opting for the texture to be the focus. Or, you can choose from a variety of shaped cornices that compliment the window or space and work along with curtain panels underneath. Trim, cording, banding, fringe and nailheads are all options to add extra interest to your cornice to really make a statement.

With one cornice behind me, I started working on Leslie’s project. She wanted to repurpose some old curtains to make a couple of simple cornices for a guest bedroom. I removed the seams and lining, pressed the fabric and made all the cuts. She planned to install panels under the cornice so we opted for the 1×6″ leg and 15″ depth of the cornice face to account for that. The buttery soft color of the panels accents the blue cornices perfectly and instantly softens the room with the pop of color that it needed. Simple and elegant.

Happy with the results, Leslie decided to have cornices made for several more windows. She picked a gorgeous embroidered fabric for a bedroom with twin windows as well as the adjoining bedroom with an extra long window. I made a few flanged pillow shams with the extra fabric.

This window took extra consideration to construct and transport. I learned of a new technique at the Custom Workroom Conference this fall which involved making the long cornice in two pieces and hinging it. It was the perfect solution and my handy dandy carpenter, installer ( aka husband) made it. It worked like a charm and even when folded in half, barely fit in my SUV. It was long!

Leslie decided on a monochromatic look for her formal dining room. She chose a textured lattice solid creamy white fabric with a printed purchased curtain panels for underneath to soften the look. Elegant.

The master bedroom had three separate windows. Though there were a few options on how to approach this, we decided to make three separate cornices butted up against each other and each with a curtain rod installed underneath to install curtains for a softer finished look that frames the bed and creates a focal piece when entering the room. A creamy embroidered fabric from Hobby Lobby was chosen to coordinate with her bedding.

One more window would complete this cornice project. This bedroom would also feature an extra long cornice with a solid suede like fabric. The texture and simplicity of the fabric is perfect for a mature looking room when her grown son’s come home to visit.

If you are looking for a little something to finish off a window without a lot of fuss, you might want to consider a cornice. There is plenty of room for personal style and interpretation from the shape to fabric to trim. It’s all up to your imagination.

Denise

cushions · Slipcovers

Bull Denim Slipcovers

Carolyn drove a long way to bring me her Ethan Allan couch, chair and ottoman. Though in perfect condition structurally, the fabric was showing signs of wear and needed some attention. She wanted a new casual look and definitely liked the idea of washing the covers to keep them fresh and clean.

Bull Denim is a classic favorite go-to fabric for slipcovers. But you don’t have to settle on just white or off white. It comes in an array of colors like Vermilion (red), Rattan (light gold), Creamy Ivory, Lizard (green), Harbor Mist (light blue gray), Golden Curry, Fossil (taupe/light brown), Fern, Dusk blue, Chestnut, Black Bean, Brown, White, Light Gray, Charcoal Gray. My client chose Vanilla from Big Duck Fabrics. It’s a buttery cream color in a hefty weight. At 12 ounces, this twill fabric is especially perfect for a slipcover if you need to cover a print underneath.

Most bull denims are 100% cotton and though they may say “preshrunk”, you will still need to prewash it before sewing to remove any remaining shrinkage. Just be sure to do this in 3-4 yard segments as this fabric is very heavy.

Her new slipcovers would feature cording on the back following the curves and current cording on the back of the couch, a new line of cording following the curve of the arm construction to keep it simple and avoid lots of pleating and shifting. A placket zipper back with corded Velcro bottom finishes off this transformation.

This creamy Vanilla color is a perfect base for any season. Just add your favorite seasonal colors and textures through different pillows and throws for a whole new look.

Decorating · Lakehouse

Into the light…a master bath makeover

When we bought our lake house three years ago, the master bathroom was definitely a room that I was anxious to make some changes to. What initially seemed like a sophisticated master bath soon felt like walking into a dark heavy space with the dark wood shades, brown curtain panels, brown tiled shower, dark wood vanity with gold granite and tile. Though the effort was to make it look elegant with the crystal lights around the vanity and in the closet and the decorative mirrors, it was just a bit too much for me and didn’t fit my style.

Your bathroom should be an extension of your master bedroom retreat space and thus should also be a very personal decision on how you approach decorating it. What worked for the previous owners just didn’t work for me. But it doesn’t have to be a complete demolition to bring it in line with your own taste. Here’s how I approached our master bath.

Pros and Cons Assessment

Start by assessing what you have. What do you like about the bathroom and what is an absolute “redo”, keeping in mind your budget. Making over a bathroom doesn’t have to break the bank if you approach it the right way. I loved the shower, especially the river stone floor. Though the tile was dark brown, the light blue/green glass tile insert helped to break up the darkness and I could definitely work with that color. I also loved the seamless glass outside walls of the shower. No changes there. I also liked the light gold large tiled floor just fine, certainly didn’t want to waste money changing it.

The con list was a bit longer. The lights were too fancy and created too many light prisms and reflections on the walls, the mirrors were too ornate, the vanity was very busy looking with the gold vessels and a dark brown finish. The tub seemed liked a big blob on the floor, though having a tub was a must. The corner dark cabinet was obtrusive. The window coverings covered all of the natural light coming into the bathroom. The paint color seemed a little dark to me. Basically this bathroom needed a total lightening up.

The Process

Start with a honest and reasonable objective of what you want to accomplish and feel with your bathroom. For me I wanted to lighten it up, bring the outdoors in and capitalize on the natural light as much as I could. I was going for a cleaner simpler look that would make an easier transition into the master bedroom. After reviewing my pros and cons list, I made a list of things that needed to be done to address the cons that would bring it in line with my dream bathroom that would also be cost effective. My plan would include quite a bit of painting and a few switch-outs of some key elements in the closet and bathroom, some of which I could do myself and some I would have to enlist help.

Paint

I normally would paint myself, but there were several places in the bathroom where the sheet rock tape had split and I wanted to have it professionally repaired so it wouldn’t be a problem in the future. Also, the thought of going around all the shelves in the closet did not appeal to me, so I definitely would be hiring out the painting. That was the easy part, finding the paint color was the hard part. In keeping with my overall objective to lighten things up and bringing the outdoor in, I decided to steer away from the blue green tones of paint. I opted for a creamy white and would use the color for accents to tie it in with the master bedroom. Let me just tell you, picking a white color is the most difficult thing to do.

After painting several swatches on several different walls and looking at it at different times of the day I finally made a decision. I wasn’t there when they painted or I probably would have stopped them soon after they started and changed colors. When I got back to the lakehouse and saw the completed room, I instantly thought it looked a little too yellow creamy, almost green at times. WHAT? Do not underestimate how the surrounding elements will affect the paint color because of reflection. The green leaves from outside and the gold colored floor had a huge impact on my completed paint color. I decided to live with it and hoping that once I put on window treatments, painted the vanity and added other blue/green accents into the room, it might just blend in and I won’t notice it.

Lighting

Lighting is so important. Just the color of the light bulbs can make a big difference. It wasn’t long after we moved in that I instantly removed the chandelier side sconces from the vanity. We also changed out the closet light to something bigger and bright and white with a bit of brushed bronze accent to tie in with the wood shelving. We changed all the bulbs from a yellow tint to a white tint. What a big difference this alone made in the color of the paint.

Cabinets & Storage

When first dreaming about this bathroom I envisioned a sleek stand alone soaker tub. However, before ripping it out and dropping a grand, I decided to paint the bottom to see if it made a difference. I found some leftover paint from another room and after proper prepping, painted the bottom of the tub. Within a few hours, it totally changed the room and convinced my husband that I could also paint the vanity the same color. WOW! I loved it and so did my husband. Big win and it didn’t cost me anything except for a can of bonding primer and a little time. I could live with that.

After cleaning out and purging unnecessary stuff from the tall corner cabinet, we removed it and re-purposed it in the basement storage room for another day and clean out project. I picked up a little white cabinet with the perfect drawers from IKEA (which I put together myself) and put it in the corner instead. What a big difference this little changes made in the overall look and lightening up of this room. We also changed out the gold vessels for white vessels.

Flooring

The only thing I did differently on the flooring was replace the shag taupe 5×7 rug in the closet with one that had the teal/blue colors in a more geometric design. This put back some of the color that I took out and ties in nicely with the master bedroom.

Accents

New botanical prints on both sides of the windows, a lamp, new vanity and wall mirrors from Kirklands, removing some of the stuff on our sink, an added side bench and a clean closet finished it off.

Window Treatments

Initially these windows had wicker shades however they were inset in the window frames. I wanted to be able to see out and allow as much light into the room as possible so I bought new blinds and had them cut to just outside the window frame. These Levolor blinds just pull up and down….no cords! I found the perfect fabric that was light enough but had some of the color and texture I wanted to pull in from a package of curtain panels in Lowes. I remade the panels, lining them and cutting them down to make the same style of ring pleated café curtains that hung halfway down the window, providing the privacy we need in a bathroom but letting in the maximum amount of light. We are down a long driveway and it is already quite private, unless our neighbors are walking down their long stretch to the lake.

Before and After

Well, what do you think? The paint color settled in for me and I don’t even notice it anymore with all the pieces put together. It’s lighter, brighter, feels bigger, brings in the light and outside view. I think I hit all of my “wants” and it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. My husband even said he likes the coziness of this bathroom now. I think it’s a win.

Slipcovers

Connections

This week I had the opportunity to attend the Custom Workroom Conference in Concord, NC. One of the biggest challenges you can face as a new workroom in this field is training and support. There was a time when workrooms did not necessarily want to share tips and tricks in fear that they would be giving away trade secrets and eventually business. However, this is changing. There are more opportunities than ever to share, learn, mentor and network. I’m sure we can thank social media and technology for this. This conference covered all the bases.

Workrooms come in all shapes and sizes. Some are a one person operation which supports retail while others have several people working for a workroom that supports designers or “to the trade”. Some work out of a designated space in their homes, like me, while others have a rented space. Whatever the scenario, when the workforce of some of these one-person workrooms age out and retire, who is replacing them? Why people like me, empty nesters, stay-at-home moms and those of us who have a passion to be creative, love to sew and still want to learn and do something that provides a value to someone else. At the Custom Workroom Conference that I attended this week, however, I also met a couple of really awesome young adults in their twentys that had decided to follow their passion right off the bat, starting with the education and networking. The future is looking bright!

But even with this passion, there is always something new to learn, new techniques, industry standards, new trends and new products. I started out by buying books on the subjects I was interested in, watched You Tubes videos on specific techniques and processes, and purchased online classes offered by experts in the field. The Workroom Tech in Tryon, NC as well as other workshops around the country offer in-person, hands-on classes on a wide variety of topics. There are opportunities out there, you just have to dig, search, ask and dive in!

The Custom Workroom Conference, an annual three-day event is filled with classes that cover anything from productivity, work/life balance, upholstery topics, slipcovers, social media, window treatments, machine and workroom set-up topics. They offered an Exhibitor Marketplace to meet vendors that provide products we need for our business , demonstrations of techniques, inspirational speakers and lots of opportunities to meet and collaborate with other people doing the same thing.

When I first started out three years ago, I wasn’t sure where my business would go but I decided pretty quickly to treat it as a business and not a hobby. I researched and sought out other slipcover makers online and connected to a Facebook Slipcover group. Working as a one-person workroom can be isolating but professional conferences such as these, and these Facebook group connections can be so helpful for support, advise, education and encouragement.

Slipcovers

Wild Update

When I picked up this rocker chair from my client’s house to begin work on it, a sweet little girl was curiously laying on it in the hallway where it waited for me to pick up. She told it me it used to be hers when she was a baby (I think she is about seven now). She thought I was going to draw on it to make new fabric and thought that it should be a dog print. Hmmm. Well, I can’t draw but I can make a slipcover and it’s not quite a dog print, but it is a wild one!

Fabric

My client is drawn to a neutral pallet of whites and creams, so when she decided to stretch a bit and went with an animal inspired print that had a little bit of wild influence, I was pleasantly surprised. This fabric is from Revolution Fabric, a performance fabric called Magnet in a teal color. It actually looks more like a teal tone of a gray….which you could say is a form of a neutral. It will add a fun pop of color and interest wherever she put it. It has a rub rating of 30,000 and is washable!

Design

The lines of this wingback rocker chair remained the same, with a white piping to break up the print and show the beautiful wing arm curves. We decided to keep the bottom corded and velcro’d to the bottom of the chair. I sometimes like to use a solid color for the seat decking to make it easier to see where the placement of the slipcover goes and to break up the busy pattern. For even more versatility and when she is done rocking the newest baby, she can replace the rocker legs with regular legs that she just happens to have and the finish of the chair will not be affected. I think the cleaner simple look of a corded bottom is perfect for this fabric.

What a better way to update this solid chair that clearly still held strong emotions to this little girl. It went from a heavy linen fabric that had years of stains and most recently cat scratches and dog chews. But that is life! I think this little girl thinks the chair will go back in her room, but I think mom has plans to use it for baby #3 but with a fun updated look.

Slipcovers

Chairs and Cats

This was a fun project with a specific purpose other than updating an old piece of furniture. Often times slipcovers are used to give new life to old pieces of furniture. In this case, my client wanted (needed) a solution to preserve and protect her beautiful dining room chairs upholstery that her beloved cats started to use as their scratch post. When I arrived her chairs were completely covered in beach towels to protect them.

There were a few things that were important to Rachele when creating new covers. First, she wanted to keep the color and texture of the fabric about the same as her original upholstery. Secondly, she wanted to still show as much of the wood of the chairs as possible. And lastly, the covers needed to be washable with three little kids. Rachele actually gave birth to her last son during this process.

Fabric

For the fabric we used the same fabric from Big Duck Canvas I used for the couch and a pair of arm chairs I recently slipcovered, a cotton/rayon blend in a natural oatmeal color. I prewashed it to remove any shrinkage. Initially it wrinkles a bit, but nothing a little steam can’t handle.

Big Duck Canvas Cotton Rayon Blend in Oatmeal

Design

In designing the covers for these chairs we decided to make two piece slipcovers so if just the seat cover needs to be cleaned, she wouldn’t have to remove the top piece. Less to iron and wash! For the top, we used side tabs that allows for a removable but a tight fit option. It is secured to the chair with Velcro tabs that not only fit with the design but are pretty much hidden for their function. I lined the tops to cover all the seams providing a cleaner finished look.

The two captains chairs required a slightly adjusted design to work around the arms so that it could still be removable. Arm pads secured with Velcro under the arms finishes off the slipcovers and completely covers and protects the original chair’s upholstery.

The bottoms basically just covered the seat and Velcro around the legs, edged with a light self cording.

The overall look is simple, clean, and functional and hits all the criteria Rachele was looking for. Much better look than beach towels.

cushions · Slipcovers

Slipcovers for a State of Transition

My client Jenny is in that familiar state of transition.   You know, the time where your kids have all but left the nest and pursuing a life of their own but you’re too young to retire just yet.  Currently in a townhome, they do envision this a temporary place until the next phase.   Even then, they wanted to update and freshen it up to enjoy it themselves before any resale in the future.   My sentiments exactly.  Why wait until you are ready to sell before updating!  Been there, done that.  Do it now so you can enjoy it, keeping in mind what is timeless and sellable.

In addition to the typical repainting and kitchen updates, their furniture needed a bit of a refresh as well.  They had a heavy, comfortable and still functional couch, arm chair and ottoman that fit there space just fine and they wanted to repurpose instead of buying something new at this point. The textured chenille couch was a dated gold tone and the microfiber on the arm chair and ottoman were worn smooth in spots.   

Prep Work

The couch, arm chair and ottoman all required a bit of prep work before construction of the new slipcovers.  Did you know that on attached back cushions there is a zipper on the bottom so you can remove the cushion insert? FYI, if your cushions are looking a bit flat or squishy, you can remove the inserts and refill them to give them more fluff. Check out The Slipcover Makers tutorial on how to do this yourself. With Jenny’s permission, I removed the back cushions and made templates with the old cushions to make new loose cushions.  This was a first for me and I felt a little intimidated to cut off the existing cushions, but I followed some awesome instructions and all went well.  The Slipcover Maker has a great tutorial on this process.  I also cut off the skirt on the couch and stapled the skirts on the chair and ottoman to the bottom wood of the chair to reduce bulk so they would not interfere with the new skirts.  With the newly deconstructed furniture I was ready to tackle the slipcovers.

Arm Chair

For the armchair, Jenny chose a high performance, linen-look, washable fabric called Phoenician from Revolution Fabrics in a Toast color.  It compliments the fabric she chose for her couch and the rug and other chair she has in her living room.   A pair of arm covers will help extend the life of the slipcover and reduce the need to remove the entire slipcover should the arms get soiled.  But lets face it, in a house without kids full time, it shouldn’t need to be cleaned often.

Ottoman

In addition to stapling the skirt to the wood base of the ottoman, I converted the pillow top ottoman to a solid ottoman by add a layer of batting and a muslin slip slipstitched to the piping.   The end result is a clean and simple ottoman with a slipcover that can be easily removed and laundered. 

Couch

Jenny chose an oatmeal colored cotton/rayon blend from Big Duck Canvas .  This fabric definitely required prewashing in order to preshrink it for any future washing.  It did wrinkle a bit but nothing an iron and a little spray starch or steam can work out. The back featured two zipper panels that line up with the bottom pleats to make it easier to take on and off yet still allow for a tight fit. The final result is a more casual updated sofa to give them a few more years.

I always try to learn something new from my projects. After tackling the removal of the attached back pillows, I am inspired to try this on my own gray microfiber couch and loveseat for a fresh update sometime in the near future. 

cushions · Slipcovers

Wing Chair Update

This wing chair sat quietly in the corner of this client’s living room, unnoticed except for the fact that it was clearly didn’t fit into the décor and color scheme, though it filled the need to fill a space.  img_1499My client was in the midst of updating a lot of elements of her home and also preparing for a high school graduation.  This was the one piece of furniture that begged immediate attention.  Her husband would rather have gotten rid of it, but Anne Marie had another idea.  I helped her find the right lightweight cotton blend fabric that would work well with the navy blue and white trimmed living room furniture and the white and greige kitchen you could see from that corner of the room where the chair was designated. img_2614

We kept the design the same as the original chair but with a bluish gray contrast cording to emphasize the curviness of the chair.   The bottom of the slipcover Velcro’s to the bottom of the chair to give this newly slipcovered chair the appearance of an upholstered piece of furniture.  I refurbished the cushion by adding another inch of foam to the existing cushion along with new cushion wrap. Can you see the difference?

If you are considering using a patterned fabric for your project, be sure to figure in extra fabric to pattern match.  This fabric had a repeat of the pattern both vertically and horizontally.  What is this exactly?  It is the distance in inches of where the pattern starts and ends and then starts over again.

I try to match the flow of the design from front to back, from the top of the chair onto the cushion and from the cushion onto the bottom of the chair, as well as the boxing around the cushion (at least on the front where you will see it).  Curves and angles of chair can make this challenging if not impossible in certain areas but it is just one of those little details that I won’t skimp on to give the finished piece a professional look.

The end result of this chair got a thumb’s up and approval from the husband.  That is always a plus!

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