Crafty Things · Slipcovers

Sunroom Makeover

The sunroom of this repeat customer just underwent a makeover, piece by piece.  A couple of years ago I slipcovered the little yellow slipper chair in the bottom right corner, along with two yellow accent pillows.  Recently she had a couple of chair cushions recovered for her sunroom.  They went from a faded red stripe cushion to a taupe/gray buffalo check.  We also replaced the crumbling foam to give them new life.

It’s a nice balance between farmhouse and a classic modern trend.   With the new cushions and the yellow slipper chair complete her loveseat felt a little left out still in it’s red stripe. 

Toni and her husband decided to go with a solid stone-washed canvas in a charcoal grey.   This beefy heavy weight canvas from Big Duck Canvas was prewashed to get out any remaining shrinkage.  Because it is a blend it also did not wrinkle very much at all.

Design details included a French style seam on the back of the chair and cushions.  The width of the fabric was over fifty-five inches, the length of home decorating fabric.   So this decision was partly due to that and partly due to a design factor. It was just enough to break up the gray and give it some interest.

A skirt on the bottom of the loveseat with similar pleats covers the existing pleated skirt.  A placket-concealed zipper in the center of the back allows Toni to easily remove and wash the slipcover.

We had just enough leftover buffalo check fabric to create a couple of small throw pillows to tie into to two side wicker chairs.   Toni wanted a big bulky zipper on the back that was not concealed.  In fact she wanted to have it be part of the design.

  I chose a creamy white colored coat zipper with metal teeth and stitched it so that it showed on the charcoal colored back of the pillow. A fun little tassel finished the look (it looks green in this photo, but I promise it is gray).   Sometimes it is all about the details.  Now she has a beautiful sunroom that exudes a calmness with the gray loveseat, a little break and interest with the buffalo check cushions and the  just the right amount of yellow to warm things up just in time for the warm weather.  Do you have a favorite color that draws you in?


Decorating · Sewing · Slipcovers

A Sunny Little Chair

This slipper chair looked great before the slipcover but because it sits in a sunroom with lots of sun, the once bright yellow fabric had turned more of a mustard color.

My client loves yellow and found a beautiful fabric from that is rated to withstand 1000 hours of sunlight.  Since it is an indoor/outdoor fabric I didn’t prewash it to preserve the protective features of this fabric.

To avoid the original fabric from showing through,  I made a snug white slip for the chair.img_9783  I decided on a separate slip as opposed to a lined slipcover so if she decides to make another slipcover the chair she will not have to worry about any fabric showing through and won’t have to go through the expense of a new lining.

She wanted a short box pleat and covered buttons on the back to change-up the style. I also made a matching rectangular pillow for her to use either on the chair or to coordinate in her room.  It features an envelope style back for easy on and off.

I think it turned out great and dresses up the chair just enough.

Coming Up:  After ordering many samples of outdoor fabric for my own patio set I finally  decided on a beautiful red fabric (Solarium Rave Cherry to be exact) from JoAnn’s at 60% off!   img_9835With ten cushions to redo, that’s quite a savings! I’m really looking forward to the fresh clean cushions for our front porch at the lake house.  I am also working on a cool couch and chair redo for a client who has two small kids and two small dogs.  Slipcovers are a necessity!

The warm weather tease we’ve had over the last few weeks has us all antsy and thinking about spring.  Now is the perfect time to update your patio furniture cushions. Email or call me for an estimate.