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Slipcovers: An Eye for Detail

by | May 18, 2009 | Decorating Inspiration, Details

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Slipcovers: An Eye for Detail

A few of my chairs are going to need be slipcovered in the next year or so. Now, granted they may not actually GET slipcovered due to the expense and my lack of sewing ability, but it is fun to dream about what I would do if I could! And Country Living had some very inspiring ideas!

I sure love the slipcovers with details like pleated skirts, ties, tufting and ruffles! So sweet! Fancy, but in a fun sort of way.

slipcover inspiration: Country Living


  1. Chie

    Hi Mel,
    Thanks a lots for the party recently. It was really motivated.

    Yeah, right! I would love the first photo to transform my poor chair slipover where I have in the SPA corner. Ahhh… lots of ideas, huh? & our abilities of sewing isn’t enough to do all this.

    Anyways, great job, Lady and have a great day & wonderful week ahead.

    See yah around!

    Chies inspiring blog post..A mixed UP while am mobilizing myself in my Shadow Shot Sunday #23

  2. Becky K.

    Slip covers are great for other people…but for me they are always bunchy and look messy most of the time….

    Maybe it is because I have purchased cheapies and have three kids and lots of animals.

    However, the choices you have featured here look great. I can dream too.

    Becky K.s inspiring blog post..Blues From the Corner Cupboard

  3. Bonnie Mattson

    Melissa, I see you have the gift to make lemonade from lemons. That is such a good quality and one that moves us away from bad situations in a positive way. The Lord always knows the end from the beginning and our thinking just shows how much faith you have. Good for you, things will work out! I love the part of these types of situations where you can look back, breathe a sign of relief and say, “Thank you, Father, now I get it!”

    Bonnie Mattsons inspiring blog post..Accessorizing in the Kitchen

  4. Melissia

    I, too, have been dreaming of slipcovers lately. Love those little pleats! That would take me forever!Ahh, some day….

    Sorry to hear about your house sale falling through. I am sure God has a plan! The hard part is waiting to see what it will be.


    Melissias inspiring blog post..Remodeling Guy Round-Up

  5. Pam D.

    I love those pleats too… it’s very rare to find furniture with them anymore, let alone slipcovers. Where do you find covers that cute? I tried to find one for my small couch/twin bed pullout, but nothing looked right.

    Glad you are feeling better about things this week. I’m looking forward to some miracles that come forth for you! :)

  6. TheOldPostRoad

    Does anyone know of any youtube videos on how to make slipcovers or how to make the cording? I could use a good example.

    TheOldPostRoads inspiring blog post..Historic Homes for Sale

  7. LeAnn

    Hi Melissa,
    I love slipcovers. A few years ago I finally bought my dream sofa at Arhaus with a cream slipcover. It washes beautifully and I haven’t gotten tired of it. I do wish I could make slipcovers but unfortunately I did not get the talented sewing gene.


    LeAnns inspiring blog post..Budget Decorating

  8. Vee

    Love the detail in the first picture where the pillow pattern is picked up as the shelf backing. I’d never think of such a thing.

    Glad that you are feeling better, Melissa. So many things are actually blessings in disguise when we yield them. It allows Him to work it out and we don’t have to run around like Rebekah of old making things happen.

    Vees inspiring blog post..Mary’s Mosaic Monday

    • Melissa

      Ha, yeah, that is such a good lesson, Vee! I agree.

      That is pretty how the fabric is on the shelf backing too. It is so pretty and soothing!

  9. Gina

    Beautiful slipcovers! I’ve never tried them and I can’t sew-so they will probably never happen around here!

    So glad you’re feeling better, God really does have it in his hands and his timing! Praying for continued favor and peace in the process!

    Ginas inspiring blog post..If I had a Nickle…

  10. Jeanne

    Love slipcovers and especially when you add some ruffles to it! I have been coveting that ottoman for awhile now.

    Jeannes inspiring blog post..The Paris Street Market

    • Melissa

      Me too, I LOVE that ottoman.

  11. Karen B

    Aren’t these slipcovers beautiful? I’ve had plans for years and I mean YEARS to slipcover some of my chairs. I even have the fabric already for two of them. I have 2 sets of wing backs and 1 set of overstuffed. I know I can do it, I’m just SERIOUSLY intimidated and never get started. Maybe I should start that after I’ve finished painting my 4 chairs! Ha! I think I’m just a project collector.

    Karen Bs inspiring blog post..New Banner

  12. Debbie

    HI Melissa, I thought of you all weekend and said a prayer for you. I was laughing at the slipco vers which I adore…my chairs are slipcovered in laundry! Underwear here on the headrest, socks on the arm, folded t-shirts for the cushion, do you get the picture? There is a chair there somewhere….I think I prefer your cute slipcovers!

    Debbies inspiring blog post..Pink Saturday!

  13. Katherine aka. Urban Flea

    I wish I could learn how to upholster… sigh…
    xo Katherine aka. Urban Flea :)

    Katherine aka. Urban Fleas inspiring blog post..Eye Candy: Prada

  14. Donna at Funky Junk Interiors

    I too have never had great success with slipcovers in the past. A sew fanatic friend of mine claims the ones you make to fit yourself work much much better. So there you have it! We all have to learn how to (gasp..) sew.


    Donna at Funky Junk Interiorss inspiring blog post..Character outbuilding project – Part 2

  15. Beverly

    Melissa, although I have a good eye and a great imagination, I am totally worthless when it comes to any kind of sewing. I do believe that any type of needle must be repulsed by me. I am just so happy when I can find someone to create what I envision.

    I am so sorry for your disappointment. It seems like this is definitely one of those moments which fails to offer any form of understanding the behavior of others. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers.

    Beverlys inspiring blog post..Blue Moons

  16. Shilo

    Hi Melissa,
    Catching up on the last 11 posts…since we’ve been travelling.
    So sorry to hear about your house in Oregon. I pray that it will sell soon and that God will provide for your needs in the mean time.
    And awesome job on your chairs! They are so pretty! I just love that color!
    I hope you have a wonderful week!

    Shilos inspiring blog post..The Rainbow Painted Our Yard

  17. Candace

    Oh. My. Stars. I love that little burlap looking cover on the ottoman. How cute is that? Love the pleats on the first one too.

    Candaces inspiring blog post..Window Treatments…kind of

  18. Barbara F.

    Melissa – thanks for sharing these beautiful slipcovers with us. I plan on making one sometime this year so definitely appreciate the inspiration.

    Very happy to hear you are feeling better – I’ll join the long line of blog friends who send prayers and well wishes your way. I also am a HUGE fan of your website, and appreciate your willingness to share your good times and the not so good times.


  19. Robin

    I am so sorry to hear about the sale of your house falling through (didn’t know about it until now). Although we did not get quite that far, we were recently disappointed when a family chose to put an offer in on another house rather than ours…we thought they were seriously interested in ours. So I feel your pain, and I’m sorry you had to go through that. May God send a “real” buyer very soon. Blessings!

    Robins inspiring blog post..Shore Things

  20. Sarah

    Hi Melissa

    love the slipcovers, I wish I could slipcover life sometimes, we are in a similar situation and it stinks, I hope you got some rest over the weekend.

    just adore the pleats, sigh, I wish I could sew well


    Sarah @ A Beach Cottages inspiring blog post..Vintage Coffee Table Makeover + A New Giveaway

  21. Anita

    I am loving the first chair and since I actually can sew, I am going to try and upholster the couch I got off the curb for in my living room…when is the question because right now we are painting the house…

    Anitas inspiring blog post..Elkhorn- a fun first for us!

  22. Jenn

    Didn’t get a chance to post a comment yesterday but have been thinking about you. We’ve had a challenging spring as well. In March I experienced an unexpected miscarriage, then my daughter was in the hospital, and then our finished basement flooded doing a lot of damage. I know exactly what you mean when you said you see God working, but you would still have rather sold the house. While God has taught me so much through this struggle I would still trade if for a healthy pregnancy in a heartbeat. Hope it helps to know someone can identify in some way. I prayed for you today.

    • Melissa

      Oh, sweetie, I am SO SORRY! {hugs} I myself have had a miscarriage and I know how horrible and hard it is. Fortunately I found out why I had the miscarriage and was able to correct it before getting pregnant again with our son (our third child). (I had undiagnosed low thyroid). But figuring out the “why” and going on to have another baby didn’t take away the pain or sadness I felt for losing a baby I had seen on ultrasound and had watched its tiny heartbeat just weeks earlier.

      I am so sorry and I’ll remember you in my prayers. Losing a sale doesn’t compare at all to losing a baby. I am so mindful of how blessed I am — I am not dwelling on my own bum week anymore. I know God is at work and I am trusting Him in the details. My heart goes out to you and what a difficult time you are going through….

      Praying for you and I know God is at work through even (and especially) the saddest of our days.

  23. Adriana

    Thanks TIP for the great motivation to get my project procrastination a big quick swift in the behind. I finally got it done this weekend – well I would say that I got the main thing done (painting) – check out my blog for the painting update.

    I truly appreciate your posts and find great ideas for my own home. I pray that you continue to be blessed and be a blessing to others through your blog!! :)

    Have a great week!

    • Melissa

      Thank you Adriana, you are so sweet. I am glad you got your project done (well, the painting!)…good for you! Thanks for being blessing to me, I am so glad to have you as a part of the blog!

  24. Heathahlee

    While I ended up not having time to do my procrastinated project, I still plan on doing it…along with several slipcovers that I’ve needed to do for a while. Now that this craft fair is over and my fingers have recovered from all that hot glue, I’m going to burn them all over again. : )

    Heathahlees inspiring blog post..All those tassels….

  25. Kristen

    I love the slip covers! I could use one of those for a chair of my own. And I was so sad to hear about your house situation. I understand what it is like to feel unsettled – it is such a restless feeling. Know that I’m praying for you and your sweet family. Keep us posted!

  26. Diann

    Love the slipcovers…..must get to work on some!

  27. Pam D.

    Just stopping by to see if you had another post yet… Looked again at this one and noticed again the wooden chair hidden behind the slipcover — looks like they are hiding a really pretty chair with that cover (if maybe a little scratched up). I love all scalloping and design we can see at the top of the chair. I am always noticing pretty wooden chairs that I would love to have… the kind they used to have in the 40’s from what I can tell. Pretty carving and spindles….

  28. Rhoda

    I adore that first slipcover, it’s in my style file too. And I have fabric waiting on me to try to make my own for a chair & ottoman. I’m majorly procrastinating on that project, since I’m a little skeered to dive in! Soon, soon…

    Rhoda @ Southern Hospitalitys inspiring blog post..Lunch with a 99 Year old

  29. Brenda Kula

    Slipcovers have come a l-o-n-g way from when my kids were small and I was in need of them. Makes you want to buy slipcovers and then furniture that will fit in them!

    Brenda Kulas inspiring blog post..Master Bedroom Changes

  30. Christine

    Ohh..I loove slip covers! I’m actually searching for one for the sofa in the living room..
    I’ve got a much faster internet connection so I should be able to come and visit more now..I’ve got lots to catch up on..
    You are always amazing and inspiring!! Rock on sista!

    Christines inspiring blog post..a happy Birthday…

  31. Rona

    I really enjoy reading “Country Living”. One afternoon, the hubby and I decided to hang out at the public library. We read magazines. I had so much fun reading “Country Living” that I went out and purchased one. lol

    Ronas inspiring blog post..Wordless Wednesday – May 20, 2009

  32. Elisa

    Me too! I have about 3 chairs that need to be slipcovered. I’m encountering a little problem though. The backs of one of my lazyboy chairs has buttons (I have no idea what these are called…but I’m talking about the button looking things on the back of the chair that looks like they push the fabric in to create a pattern, similar to what the ruffles are doing in your #2 photo). Do you think you could point me in the right direction for a tutorial on slipcovering a chair like this?

    Love your blog. Will be back soon for inspiration. We just moved into a new place and I’m not a natural decorated…I have to learn everything from people like you =)
    Thank you!!
    .-= Elisa´s last blog ..Normal =-.



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