Sofa Slipcover: A Quick Tutorial

If you’ve got an ugly old sofa you’re dying to get rid of, don’t be too quick. A sofa slipcover can make your couch look brand new for a fraction of the cost of going out and shopping for a new one. Slipcovers themselves can be pricey, so making your own with the exact fabric you want can cut down majorly on expenses.

Sounds complicated? It’s not. You don’t have to be a sewing machine expert to master the sofa slipcover. All you’ll need is fabric, pins, and a sewing machine.

There are plenty of sofa slipcover tutorials that require patterns, but this beginners’ version is a quicker, less complicated guide for an easier job:

1.) First, drape your fabric in sections and pin it over the couch. You will want to pin and mold it to each area. Look for the original seams on the couch, and that will guide you as to where to put your own seams.

2.) Start with an arm, pinning each section of fabric together.

3.) Sew one section of the slipcover first, then fit it onto the couch and ensure it looks how you want it to.

4.) Repeat that process across the couch, pinning and sewing each section and ensuring it fits. Trim the excess fabric.

5.) For larger areas of the couch, don’t be afraid to break it up into a few pieces. You can use three smaller fabric panels, for example, rather than trying to get the whole back of the couch in one. If you’re comfortable and have enough fabric, you can also use one large panel.

6.) Once done, put the entire slipcover over the couch. Check for any areas you might have to fix up. Have a seam ripper and needle and thread handy for this step.

After you have the slipcover sewn to your liking, you’ll have a custom look to your couch that can easily be removed, washed, and changed out if you choose to use a new fabric down the line. If you haven’t had much sewing experience and you’re nervous about making the slipcover, go with a cheaper or more durable fabric to start with. Opt for a fabric you feel comfortable working with. You can always check our sale section for amazing deals on fabulous fabrics, and create the couch of your dreams at a fantastic price.

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