Wednesday, November 5, 2014

~ Slipcovers - Lots of Ideas!

The Decorated House ~Slipcover Ideas

Let's explore slipcovers again. 
I've added more ideas to my pinterest slipcovers board. Hope you find something 
of interest if you are looking for some slipcover ideas. 
Although it would have been much easier to just reupholster the dining room chairs, I wondered if sometime in the future I would really want the pretty green fabric back again. Also since they were going to be white, there was a good chance there would be some spills along the way with this being a dining room. So that's why the decision was made to make slipcovers
for the chairs instead of upholstering them in the white cotton linen fabric.

I really wasn't sure exactly what I wanted them look like. Slipcovers can be done in so many styles! They needed to be simple and for me not too fussy. But not without a little touch of details either.  Even though I totally enjoy see frilly ones when other people have them, this meant no bows, no ruffles or fussy details.

What I ended up doing was sewing  a fitted seat slipcover with a "skirt" around the seat and then a pleat in the back for the side chairs. The end chairs got a full cover which includes the back. 

The white was nice and crisp, but the slip was a little too plain. So I added the ties  Fortunately I made them long just in case they needed something more than a basic knot. They did indeed look better with a the touch of a bow that could just gently fall in a relaxed style. Still not too fussy, but a nice little detail.

The Decorated House ~ DIY Dining Room Slipcovers

Several months ago when I first started looking for ideas and any instructions on making slipcovers for chairs to keep the wood exposed, I started a folder with a lot of great ideas on pinterest.  One thing I found was the great idea from Gina at Willow Decor who had some slipcovers made for her dining chairs. It always helps if you can find out how a professional does something! 

Her seamstress used velcro to connect the fabric around the back legs. It worked perfectly so that the fabric stays in a straight line and won't sag where the back and sides meet.

The Decorated House ~ Slipcover Ideas

In  the center of the back is a pleat to add a some interest and to allow the fabric to ease around the back of the chair. Slipcovers are a great way to make a quick change to a chair, and if you use washable fabrics, they are great for  easy cleaning in a dining room.

If you click on the link below you can find many more ideas for slipcovers. I try to double check any pictures before pinning or re-pinning them to see that they go to the correct source. So most of the pictures should take you to the blog or site where there are ideas and sometimes tutorials.

Click Picture Below For More Slipcovers.

See Y'All Soon~


  1. Just lovely, Donna! Love the pleat and the ties. Great idea about the velcro. I just removed my white slips for Fall/Winter, but will have to remember that velcro tip. I might add ties to mine when Spring rolls around.

  2. Donna- You did a great job on those. I love all the details- just enough for me- I do like the bows in the back and the pleat. Perfect- xo Diana

  3. Donna,
    I've been thinking of making chair slips for our Farmhouse dining room chairs, but wasn't sure how to get around that wood piece of the arm in the back. Your photos and instructions make this sound obtainable! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Oh, they're just gorgeous! And they are the perfect solution to your "What if I change my mind?" and "What if Certain People get them dirty?" concerns!


  5. Very nice. I did the same thing to one of my chairs: made a slipcover for it rather than totally recovering it.
    I have to thank you for posting your Pinterest slipcover board. I found a solution in one of the pins for my husband's big ol La-Z-Boy recliner that I made a slipcover for a couple of years ago and have never been happy with.
    So, thank you!

  6. Donna, Love the slipcovers! Very feminine & practical. Beautifully done. Monica

  7. Oh, your slipcovers are looking so very elegant! Brilliant work! I love this. Thank you for sharing and all my best from Austria

  8. Thank you for your lovely comment Elisabeth. It was so nice to meet you.


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