Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Slipcovered Wingback Chair...Finally

This is a project that I have managed to drag out the entire summer.  Now that I think about it, I started this project last spring before school was out. 


This chair and its twin desperately needs to be reupholstered.  Until we save up for that, I wanted to make them "work" in our family room.  I have seen countless tutorials on how to make slip covers and have even checked out books from the library about the topic.  Reading those tutorials made my head spin and left me confused.  Thankfully, Miss Mustard Seed created a series of slip cover videos.  I seriously couldn't have taken on this project had it not been for the video series.  Seeing a slip cover actually being made helped me so much.


As you can see, it isn't perfect.  But,  I am thrilled with the outcome.  (The wonderful metal stool came from here.)





I used white duck canvas and washed it twice before I started.  Canvas usually costs around 5.95/yard.


One down.  One to go.  Here's to me finishing the next one before school is out in the spring ;)

42 comments :

  1. Love it- I got mine for christmas last year, and still havent done them!

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  2. Wow, Rene. It looks great! I'm off to check out the videos!!

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  3. I'd be pretty thrilled with that too! It looks great!

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  4. It looks terrific! Love the little kick pleated corners! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. totally worth the wait- it is stunning! and i love its contrasting dark feet peeking out!

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  6. Awesome job. Lovely work. Now get moving on the next one so you can add double to beauty.

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  7. Rene, it looks amazing. I love the simplicity of it. You did a great job. Be proud!

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  8. It looks lovely and I think it would fit my "sad" wingback in the garage.

    I don't suppose it is for sale? ;)

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  9. I have two that need slipcovers! Can I send you the measurements? Please post a tutorial .
    Debbie

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  10. It looks perfect to me! Great job! How good of a seamstress are you? Asking because I am a beginner and wondering if I would be able to tackle something like this.

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  11. Thanks everybody! Crystal, how good of a seamstress am I? Well, my specialty is straight lines :) The videos helped so much! She breaks each step down and helps you understand how everything fits together. The reason it took me so long wasn't because it was difficult. It was because I would stop working on it to do something else. You could most likely make one slipcover in a day.

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  12. Looks fabulous! Very impressed with anybody who can do this. And inspired. I want so bad to recover a loveseat but it just seems too daunting of a project. I'll check out Miss Mustard Seed's videos and see if I think I can do it. Thanks...looking forward to your next upholstery project!

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  13. Bravo, Rene! I don't care how long it took you--it looks awesome! I still need to learn how to sew welting. Great job!

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  14. You did great job! I have been thinking about it since last year....and that's all...just thinking about it! You actually went into action and did it! Bravo to you!~Hugs, Patti

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  15. Love it Rene! Good luck on finishing up the next one. I'm right there with you on procrastinating big projects like this. No idea why, but I always manage to put them off as long as possible until I can't stand it a minute longer!

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  16. Wow. I love it.
    I'm in the middle of a wingback recliner redo... and this inspires me to keep going.
    Great job!

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  17. Looks absolutely perfect to me! I'm in good company, seems like there are a lot of us out there with chairs waiting in the wings!
    (sorry, I couldn't help it)Once again, you've inspired us!

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  18. You did a wonderful job! I need to check out the videos. xo

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  19. You did a fabulous job. It looks wonderful. Love the little kick pleat at the corner. Hugs, Marty

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  20. Oo, it looks great! I have two sitting in my basement that I can't decide whether to make slipcovers for or just save up for reupholstry... both will end up taking equally long amounts of time.

    Now that you have one done, surely you can whip up the second one in no time. :)

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  21. looks great, Rene! you did a beautiful job.

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  22. This looks so fantastic, Rene! Funny, I just bought a wing back chair for one dollar at an estate sale and I have had the hardest time finding cute slipcovers without spending a fortune. Now I can just make one myself!

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  23. Rene that looks fantastic! Very professional! I love it. Wow.

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  24. Great job, Rene! It looks beautiful! That's quite a project you tackled. Good for you. I see your sweet girl lounging in the sunshine by your French doors.

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  25. If I had a glass in my hand, I'd raise it to you. Once again, you've pulled off an amazing transformation using some of that mad talent you have!
    Camille

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  26. Wow, Rene, you did a fabulous job. You deserve to be proud of yourself! This project would be too intimidating for most of us. And how can you beat $5.95/yard?

    BTW, where is the black side table next to the chair from? I love its shape.

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  27. Thanks ya'll, but I'm pretty sure anybody could do this :)

    Ashley, the side table is actually an iron stool that I am using as a table. The color is more worn pewter-ish. It came from Joss & Main and I am thrilled with it!

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  28. I am so impressesd Rene! I can barely sew a button back on. I love the way the white fabric makes the wingback looks so fresh and modern!

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  29. Looks very pretty. I htink you did an excellent job...Christine

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  30. it really looks great! i am so impressed :)

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  31. Wow, Rene! I am really impressed! I know what you mean about reading directions. I'm such a visual person. I have to see someone do something. Thanks for telling us about the videos.

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  32. Lovely- I have one that is awaiting a slip cover...I bought one form ugly couch for 30 and need to tailor to my chair...I figured that way it would at least be covered as my husband hates the current floral...

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  33. OMG I have a set of twins too that need to be reupholstered. I've also been dragging my feet and considered slip covers as a temporary solution. But one day I got a hair up you know where and removed half the fabric of one chair. And nothing has been done since LOL. Geesh, I really would love to finish them but it's some WORK!
    Your slipcover looks wonderful, I should have done that.

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  34. Bravo! Love
    it. How brave
    of you to take
    it on ~ makes
    it all the sweeter.
    xx Suzanne

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  35. Great job Rene! I love the way it turned out. Looks pretty perfect to me.

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  36. Good for you! The chair looks fantastic!!!

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  37. I love it! Slips aren't supposed to be perfect....are they? Pleasesayno, pleasesayno, pleasesayno. ;) I the short skirt too. I still have to do the 2nd in my pair too. I've managed to procrastinate all summer, but it will be done after vacation!

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  38. Dang it girl. You just keep at it with your sewing and upholstry skills! Looks great. So we will see the next one before Christmas right?

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  39. You are amazing!! OMG! This turned out incredible.. Not to mention the $$ you saved!!! Awesome, Rene!!

    xo, Tessa

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