Monday, September 27, 2010

Tufted Slipcovers

I have an old swivel rocker in my workroom that I sit in when I have to do some hand sewing. I picked it up for a few dollars with the idea of slipcovering it. That was nine years ago! Can you believe I've been looking at that ugly old thing all this time? You know how it is - after awhile you just don't notice it; it's part of the scenery.

 Well, I finally got around to doing something about it. I found some pretty matelasse fabric that I just loved and decided to use a coordinating plaid for the buttons and welt. Looks a little better, doesn't it? I think it's really cute! It looks so homey and comfy.

I've developed a technique that allows tufted furniture to be slipcovered without sacrificing the style of the tufted back. The slipcover snaps in place over the original buttons to keep the inner back from becoming loose and baggy. The slipcover mimics the style of the original upholstery perfectly.

Matelasse is great for slipcovers. I prewash it before fabricating, and it exhibits very little shrinkage. The slipcovers are washable and come out of the washer looking like new.

Here's another cute matelasse slipcover - it's one of my favorites ...

This one also has the snap-on tufted back, but what makes it really pretty is the use of small ruffles in place of welt on the seam lines. I like the pleated skirt detail, too.

It took me nine years, but I finally got around to slipcovering that old, blue chair. Why did I wait so long? It only took a weekend, and now I get to enjoy it every day.


  1. Wonderful Leslie love the ruffle welt detailing with the matelasse

  2. I know I am a little late to this party...but I am learning to make slipcovers & I am interested in the technique you used when you say "snapped" to the covered buttons. Can you explain what you mean by that ? I am really curious. Your workmanship is beautiful.

    1. If you'll go to the online gallery for my workroom business at and click on the "Tufted slipcover instructions" album (at the bottom of the page), you will find step-by-step directions for how I make tufted slipcovers, and it shows how to snap the cover onto the chair. You might also enjoy looking at the "Slipcovers" album for more creative slipcover ideas.

    2. That site is no longer live. Could you post that content on this blog for those who are interested? Or is it already live on a different site?

  3. Love your work. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Would you be willing to sell a custom slipcover? I have an ugly old chair and i am not a skilled seamstress!

  5. No, I've closed my custom sewing business. You might want to check for a listing of workrooms near you who do slipcovers.

  6. I have had this pinned for years, and I'm finally ready to attempt it. Thank you so much for keeping your website open with the instructions!


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