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Once you have all your measurements for your slip cover pieces, start with largest sizes and mark everything out on your fabric, WRONG SIDE. You will need a yardstick or longer, measuring tool. A large square is good to have also. (Any hardware store should carry tools) Label all pieces; i.e. back back, front back, seat, sides or skirting, etc. Cut your pieces.
Holding your slipcover pieces up to furniture piece INSIDE OUT, pin seams together about every 2 inches lengthwise along seam. Make sure to center your pieces over furniture so you have equal seam allowance on sides, edges, etc. Back-back to front-back, pin. Seat to front-back, pin and so on. Sew these pieces together. Once you start sewing, your seams will only be about 3/8" instead of full 5/8". This gives slipcover a tiny bit of room to move when finished. I recommend getting some T-pins to use when you are making slipcovers for larger upholstered pieces, you can stick them into furniture and they will hold slipcover fabric in place when fitting pieces together.
Normally, I will pin fit whole slipcover together inside out on furniture piece, then go sew, removing pins along way. This is similar to a puzzle, make sure to sew all seams that dead end into other seams first. Once you have it sewn together, turn it right side out and fit it. Check for areas that may be a bit off and correct. From experience I can tell you it is usually pretty good if you can sew a straight seam. You can put some masking tape on your sewing machine face plate and mark 3/8" over from needle to help with this. Complete all finishing touches, stand back and take a picture!
This is a wonderful way to grow patience, skill and redecorate for less. There is time involved, but you will have a great sense of accomplishing a lost art! Have fun!
There is more to this than what I have here, but you should be able to get a pretty good idea of what to do and how. There are some very good books you can get from your public library and material/craft stores to help you and I would be happy to help, if you mail me at address below.
About the Author: Robin Hall has been a successful Tailor by trade for 30 years. She has sewn everything including home décor items. She has just started an online home décor store where you will find great products including more tips on decorating and home improvement. Stop by and see us/her at www.coollampsnstuff.com or send email with questions to email@example.com
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