I am a big fan of removable covers on sofas. In fact, I think it should be mandatory on all sofas, because, unless you refrain from actually sitting on said sofas, it is inevitable that eventually an accident will happen.
When sofas do not have removable covers, a slipcover is your sanity’s best ally.
I am not stranger to sewing my own slipcovers, it takes some patience and time, and a lot of work, but it is not as difficult as it could appear to somebody that has never tried.
A little while I showed you our living room
, and the slipcovers I made for the small sofa and two chairs. They were made out of 10 yards of white denim I bought on eBay. I am very happy with the results.
The sectional in our family room, that is another matter.
The all-white sectional actually came with a removable cover, the problem is that removing it is a lot of work, and the fabric needs to be dry-cleaned, something I’d rather avoid. I wanted something that could be thrown in the washing machine and put back on quickly. Unfortunately some of my experiments were not, er… successful (to be generous).
First I tried making covers for the cushions with some fabric that looked a lot better on the image when I bought it online. I did not like the results. And the back and arms of the sofa still got dusty.
Then I bought some 10 yards of another fabric that also looked nice when I found it online. Big mistake! I stopped before making covers for the cushions because the fabric was a hideous mixture of poo color and 80′s print. That was a hot-ugly mess.
So that gigantic eyesore sat there while I ordered something that I knew would be foolproof: white denim.
The process for making slipcovers for a sectional is a lot more complicated than sewing one for a sofa, for starters both sides of the sectional are different, so the usual method of pinning the fabric inside-out does not work. This is what I did:
1. I pinned the fabric right-side-out, marked some points where the pieces had to coincide.
2. Then I removed the pins and turned the pieces, sewing right-side-in.
3. To save me work and fabric I did not make whole covers for the seat cushions, instead I made a cover similar to fitted bedsheets, they are easy to remove and put back on.
This is the sofa in its new slipover. Unfortunately I bought too little fabric and did not have enough for the pillows. That’s why they look a bit different than the slipcover. I already ordered more denim to make covers for them, and I am sewing something cool for the throw pillows soon.
Some people are scared of white sofas, to them I say: Fear not! These white denim slipcovers can withstand anything you throw at them, a cycle through the washing machine and some bleach will cure whatever might ail them.
And for my next trick I will paint that door white. Soon. I hope.
So what’s your opinion on white sofas?