Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Slipcover..A Dinner.. and a Rainbow

Hello friends, happy to see all of you back here again. 
Lot's of photos today, so get comfy.
Remember the post when I told you of my quest for the perfect upholstered chair.
Every Wednesday, I would make my weekly pilgrimage to my beloved Salvation Macy's.
Then one week, I found.....
This beauty!
She screamed to me.. "take me home"
She was rock solid, sweet smelling and clean as a whistle.
With the 25% Wednesday discount, I paid $41.00!!!!
Crazy, right??
Man, I love my Salvation Macy's.
So here is my inspiration photo. This Kelly Keiser designed living room was in the March issue of Better Homes & Gardens.
I loved the fabric used on these chairs.
I found an almost identical fabric at for only $5.00 a yard.
This is a nice home decor weight cotton...perfect.
I've only worked with drop cloths and using real fabric was a little scary at first.
Before I go further, I want to dispel the myth that piping is something to be afraid of.
I used to be intimidated by piping, but now I love making it! I wonder if premade piping would sell on Etsy ;->
Can you cut lot's of 2inch strips of fabric?
Can you fold this strip around a string of welting cord?
Can you use a zipper foot on your machine and sew a straight line along the cord?
Can you simply sew right sides of fabric together to create long lengths of piping?
If you answered 'YES' to all those questions, my friend, you can create piping!!
Stop being afraid of it.
Here you can see I sandwiched the piping between the back front and the back pieces and pinned in place.
See how easy?
Pay no attention to the secret agents 'I'm taking it to my grave' Archie Bunker chair in the background.
I WILL be slipping that baby very soon.
Now keep fitting and pinning all around the seams where you want the piping to be.
I brought mine around the top, the sides and down the inside arms.
I will admit the areas where three seems meet are a bit tricky. I just take my time and if it does not look good, I rip it out and resew it. Just be patient and take your time.
Helpful hint: cut a generous seem can always trim, but you can't add fabric.
I think the piping looks pretty darn good (shines her own apple here)
I payed close attention to the placement of the damask pattern to keep it centered.
I decided to do a skirt that included some ruffles and a double pleat. 
Keeping it real here...The truth be told, I just could not decide between the two.
Rather than try to create ruffles on my machine, I chose to hand gather the corners with some embroidery floss...worked like a charm.
Sorry about some of the dark pics..storm clouds kept rolling in
I closed the back of the cushion with a long strip of sew in velcro.
Sewing makes me hungry...
Let's eat some dinner.
Chicken cutlets anyone?
Now let's see...what vegetable should I cook.....
I told you clouds inspire me
That's it....baked Cauliflower casserole.
Don't you love how my little mind works? 
Perfect with coffee the next day
Every night my secret agent asks.."what's for dessert?"
I made him a pumpkin cake with cheesecake swirl. So easy to make, just mix one boxed tea bread mix as directed (banana, lemon or pumpkin). Pour into a square baking dish and top with a mixture of 1 cup softened cream cheese, 1 beaten egg, 1/4 cup of sugar (I used Truvia) and a dash of vanilla. 
With a knife, swirl the mixture around.
Bake at 350 degrees until cake tests done (about 30 min)
Easy and delicious and great with coffee in the morning. that our bellies are full, lets's get back to slipcovering.
Once again, here was my inspiration photo.
And here is my take on that design
Introducing the newest member of the Metzger household.
I have to say...the piping is my favorite part of the whole process.
I love how my hand pulled gathers add a little romantic whimsy to a somewhat formal chair shape.
Again, velcro worked great on the side closure and was very easy to install.
I love the sleigh curve of this chair. You can barely notice where I added the velcro.
Nicely centered pattern on the back
The crisp pleat at the front center is a nod to the classic line of this chair.
I am experimenting with some fabric choices for pillows. This yellow toile is actually just fabric temporarily draped over another pillow.
What do you think about the yellow with the robins egg blue???
What suggestions do you guys have for pillow fabric?
So let's recap...instead of paying $1,500.00 for one of these damask covered club chairs.
I bought a chair for $41.00 at my Salvation Macy's, purchased 10 yards of home decor Damask (Fabric.Com) for $50.00 and with my basic sewing skills, created a beautiful piece of furniture that I will enjoy for many years to come.
Please get over your fear of slipcovers..just try it. I'm telling you friends, you can do it!
Surround yourself with Miss Mustard Seed, Pink & Polka Dot and my gal Shelley and you can't go wrong.

We're almost done..I promised you a rainbow and without further delay....
This was my back deck view this evening during a rather fierce sun storm.
Sun to the right and dark clouds to the left with a rainbow between.
Until next kind and stay creative.

PS...Tornado warning just issued.....I'll be back later...I hope....All Ok  ;->
I'll be sharing this week


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Unknown said...

Janet, WOW just beautiful!!!! I think that your are way better than the high end ones because your are done with love... Not crazy about the yellow pillow and only because I don't like the color... and Dinner looks YUMMY....have a good evening


Lydia Armstrong said...

This chair is gorgeous. You are a genius. I love this! And that casserole looks so good. I love the last pic of the rainbow. Nice post!

Janet said...

I have been slowly building a slipcover for my chair. Debated on piping. Debated on a ruffle. You have pretty much settled the debate. Beautiful job. Hope mine turns out as nice.

moreofhim said...

That chair is just absolutely gorgeous!! I love, love, love the fabric and that piping! All your special details just really added to the chair. It's beautiful. Thank you for sharing the step-by-step instructions!!

God bless you - Julie

Annie said...

You have made a wonderful job of covering your chair. Well done you. My suggestion with the cushion is ditch it :-) I'm just not a pillow person sorry.
Stay safe.
A x

Atelier Conti said...

Gorgeous Janet! You make it look easy, but I don't believe for a minute that it is...calling your sewing skills "basic" is questionable! I love the yellow fabric with the blue. I also like the orange one. The chair looks nice with both!

Claire said...

Janet, another great slip cover, you've done a wonderful job with all the tucks, trims and gathers, it looks brilliant. What a fantastic bargain, it turned out to be.

Love the fabric, not sure about cushion colours, afraid I can't help much on that one.....

Beautiful photo from your deck, the colours are so intense, stunning.

That pumpkin cake with cheesecake swirl, looks delish too. Your hubby is one spoilt fella.

Claire :}

Gretel said...

♫ You are amazing!♫ And - you give him dessert too? AND - I love that last photo, the lighting is incredible.

Jennifer Juniper said...

I've been waiting for you to graduate to "real" fabrics! This is so beautiful - I love it! I'll sit there sipping tea and eating that cake while you teach me all about slipcovers :)

Miss Mustard Seed said...

SOunds like a great day. The chair is beautiful!

Pamela said...

Just beautiful! I need one for my chair and couch. Do you do special orders!?;)

Living Lakeside said...

Great tutorial on piping and slipcovers! Thank you for sharing this! You've totally inspired me to tackle my slipper chairs that I have been thinking about getting rid of because the fabric was worn.

I will be stopping by here often!
Katrina :)

DIYbyDesign said...

I am so in love with your chair...I can't even begin to tell you. First of all the fabric is gorgeous...and you got it for $5/yard amazing. Great find with the chair. Your sewing skills are very good. I sew...alot...but I have not attempted slipcovering a chair or a couch yet. So far I only made an ottoman. I'm going on to try to find that gorgeous fabric. It reminds me of fabric I used in my daughter's room. Anyhow, I just had to become a follower of your blog. I must continue to see what you create. If you get a chance I'd love if you would come and check out my blog and perhaps follow me back at well. Thanks so much. Again, AMAZING JOB!!!

Aprons and More said...

Gorgeous!! I think you have a new talent!! Love it!

Thanks for the rainbow..we had a rough night last night! We all need the little reminders that God know the plan. Please pray for Alabama, North Georgia and Mississippi. There will be hard days ahead...

Katy :)

reFresh reStyle said...

Beautiful! You've got talent! Thanks for sharing!

Living Lakeside said...

P.S. Thanks for being my first follower :) I'm knew to this! I've added your badge! xo

Tweed Thoughts said...

Wow Janet - I'm truly speechless at your talent!!! We call this 'upholstery' where I come from - a pretty specialised skill I'd have thought! I love the lemon cover - it gives it a lovely whimsical/nostalgic look - very you! :D

We're getting ready for the Royal wedding tomorrow - my kid has gone crazy with paper bunting, very funny!!

Chris said...

Wow......I'm in awe of your chair. Did you give yourself a pat on the back? Take a bow? Sit in it and smile? You did good!

so many memories said...

LOVE the fabric, Janet!! It turned out just beautiful. I think either one of the pillows look good but the yellow ties in to the kitchen...just my 2 cents!!

Lisalulu said...

that IS beautiful, my favorite (so far)

The LadyBugs Garden said...

I just love the shape of this chair Janet. She is so pretty with her new dress! I will be making Eddie one of these cakes , it sounds very good and easy. Oh yes, I love Yellows with Blues!!

Restoration House said...

What a beautiful job you did on this chair! I just finished a slipcover with dropcloth and I love your idea of velcro for the seat enclosure. My first slipcover I did a zipper, my last slipcover I did an envelope style seat cushion cover and could hardly get the cover off! Love this velcro idea. Loving your choice of fabric too!

Bev said...

How lovely! I, too, love to make piping and wondered if it would sell on Etsy. I also love to make pleats to be used on pillows and slipcovers and have yards of it left over.

You did a wonderful job on the slipcover.

Amy@HomeRemediesRX said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the lines of the chair, and the fabric you picked couldn't be prettier! I have been afraid of making my own slipcovers, but you have inspired me to give it a try...

Angie Holden said...

I loooove your fabric choice!!!

Gigi said...

Great job! I vote for the yellow pillow with the blue chair fabric.

Leigh Powell Hines said...

Great job!

Anonymous said...

Hey Janet - How did you know? I have been thinking I would like a more comfy chair in our bedroom and this one would fit in perfectly! You did a fantastic job! I especially love the pleating on the skirt. I'll be home all weekend if you would like to send it over! Just kidding - sorta : }

Yvonne@StyleBurb said...

Hi Janet, I love your blog! I have been afraid to attempt piping, but the way you explain how to do it makes it look like fairly easy. I bought a slipcover from Surefit and it's okay for summer, but I'd like to try to make something heavier weight once fall comes again. Love your idea to use velcro. Your chair is amazing- the fabric is gorgeous- I love it all! ~ Yvonne (a new follower)

Donna at the Scarlet Petticoat said...

WOW, WOW and WOW!!! did i say wow! yet? by the way this is stunning, professional, tasteful, elegant, me here...i can't think of a thing to say!!!!!!!!! definitely the yellow toile, it would be the proverbial cherry on top! all the best, donna

Kathleen Grace said...

Note to self: check out deal on the gorgeous fabric and you have become an expert at recovering! The chair looks fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! Your chair is fabulous!! The fabric you chose is gorgeous and the work you have done on this slipcover is amazing! Truly! Wonderful work.

Sewing makes you hungry? Reading about sewing makes me hungry. Haha. Seriously, I hope you will one day share the cauliflower casserole recipe; it sounds like something we would enjoy.


Sachiko said...

Oh, my gosh Janet! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your chair, and you this such a nice job! Thank you for sharing this at my link party!

Amy Chalmers said...

I am so impressed with this chair! You had the vision and the skills to pull it off in a huge way. I LOVE that fabric, and if I were going to do a pillow, it would be a white or cream ruffled one, no pattern.

A Perfect Setting said...

I am very impressed!! Your chair looks great! I can make the piping, but when it comes to sewing it in, doesn't go so well! lol Your rainbow picture looks as if it came out of a fairytale! Beautiful!

Becca Bertotti said...

Oh my goodness ... gorgeous !! The piping looks great ... the fabric truly is fabulous. So glad you shared this. *Becca*

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

This is fantastic~ well done! I love how it turned out - the fabric is gorgeous! :)

Kara said...

The slip cover on the chair turned out perfectly! Thanks for the hints on the piping too! Great job!

Lori said...

That is BEAUTIFUL!!! I actually like your chair better than the $1500 one!

emaleigh said...

omw... I love this chair. I'm hoping to charm my mother into helping me recover two similar chairs this summer/fall. Just need to find the perfect ones. ;)

Anonymous said...

Hey! I just googled "how to slip cover a chair" and your page was the first one up. The pictures are great and the piping lesson much appreciated. I'm so impressed with your results. Now--how much of that 10 yards of fabric did you actually have to use?
As for pillows: the colors are fine but the patterns are clashy. Try solids, or smaller patterns that incorporate your blue and white from the chair as well as a pop of another color, and different textures. Just saw a yellow faux suede on that I book marked for pillows in my own den. Now, that would really rock your chair! So would red pleather, or go satin/taffeta.
I just discovered a couple of evenings's still scary to plunk down the money without the touchy-feely experience, and color tones are a gamble. I ordered something safe for another project (black velvet) then ducked into our local JoAnn Fabrics store and hit the lottery on the red-tag clearance" table for my first ever slip cover.
Thank you so very much for sharing your experience and encouraging those of us who are following nervously in your footsteps!

Kristi~The Slipcover Girl said...

you are so sweet! and i am in love with your blue damask slip! darling!

silly6 said...

May I ask what size cording did you use? I have been puttin goff slip covering my grandmother's high-end couch that screams 80's floral. I'm just scared that I'll mess it up.

Green and Safe Windows said...

What a great slipcover and well fitted!!! I use 5/16" cotton cord for my covers and I think the smaller the cord, the neater the fit...what do you think?
Have a green and safe day......Pat Reese

NJJan said...

Beautiful! Can you tell me the name of the fabric?? Thanks!

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Angela said...

Love the yellow toile - where did you buy it?