Friday, March 27, 2009

The first sewing project : a sofa slipcover

Last week I was busy with making slipcover for my couch and believe it or not, I quite enjoyed it. I didn't even touch my computer for the whole week. Didn't know before that sewing could be this fun :-D

I got inspired to make such slipcover from this book "At Home With White" by Atlanta Bartlette, which I bought about a month ago. You can see from the picture above that a slipcover like this doesn't look too difficult to make. And that's why I decided to buy a new sewing machine so that I could make this pretty-simple-slipcover and god, it is a good investment!!

OK, Let's come and see how I made it...

First, I will show you my couch. This is how my old couch looks. It's not that old actually. We bought it only 2 years ago since we moved in this house. Anyway, I got bored with its dark color and wanted something white and bright. But buying a new couch isn't what I want. I think making things by yourself is more fun and of course money stays in your wallet, hehe...

I first started with cutting fabric in pieces. This process consumes quite a lot of time and you need to measure every piece really good. After that put them together with pins and hand-seam them roughly so the pieces stay together when you start sewing by the machine.

Before sewing the whole thing, you should turn it inside out and try covering it onto the couch again to see if it fits on every angle and curve of the couch. If it does, then let's start sewing!! :-)

And here we go (after so many hours of sewing and a little bit pain on the neck and shoulders)... The new look of my couch... Ta-dahhh!!!

I am not a sewing expert but I am so happy and satisfied with my first sewing project. I also want to have some cute cushions to go with it but right now I don't have any fabric for that yet. That will be my next project then, making new cushions. So for the time being I borrow the old ones from the other couch for this photo shoot :-D.

How incredible that something so simple can make the whole room look completely transformed, right? My livingroom looks so much brighter and better now and that it's just by having this simple white slipcover.

Now I am looking forward to continuing with my next project. See you next time!!


Decor Addict said...

Your new slipcover looks beautiful! What kind of fabric did you use?

Tamerie Shriver said...

You did a really good job, especially for your very first attempt! If you go way back on my blog to December of 2008, you can see the first slipcovers I ever did. Thanks for stopping by by blog and for your kind words. I'll be back to check on your next project!

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

You did a great job with your slip cover project....I just finished a slip cover project my self and I loved how it turned out.....I don't know if you saw it when you came for a visit....It just changed the look of my living room so much and I love it.....I did mine with quilts that I bought from Marshalls and some curtains....I have to admit I was very happy when it was done.....again great job....
Mo ;-)