Last week I slipped into my past life as a drapery and slipcover maker when I helped my friend Rochelle make slipcovers for her hide-a-bed. These things are really heavy but we moved it out from the wall all by ourselves!
She didn't have a clue where to start but was just going to start cutting and somehow, magically make the fabric fit. That's where I came in. We have to make piping - a slipcover isn't worth doping unless you put piping in the seams! I showed her how to make continuous bias piping. We made 25 yards of piping from 27" of fabric.
Next we cut the fabrics for all the sections of the sofa - the inside back, the inside arms, outside arms, outside back, the front deck, and the skirt. And we started sewing...you can see Rochelle's sewing room in the back. It used to be a living room but the light here was much better...
I cut out the front curls separately so I could position the birds where I wanted them. The front curls have piping on them
Here's what they look like pressed and ready to sew to the sofa
We did the same with the back piece, piping on the edge all around, then sew it onto the back
The tired looking cushions will have new Dacron wrapped around them to give them their ooomph back.
Here is the sofa finished! Just in time for Rochelle's big party - a 70th wedding anniversary for her in-laws.
I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed helping with this slipcover and slipping back to the past, so to speak. I guess it is true that you never really forget how to do these things!