If you have cats, I am sure you know all to well, how important training your cats to use a scratching post is critical for the longevity of your home. You laugh, we laugh, …. some of us know all about that awkward grin*
When my husband and I first got married, we saved up our money and bought two fashionable sofas, and a matching ottoman. We kept them in excellent condition, that is ……until years later when we adopted 2 small kittens, our sofas started falling apart slowly over the months. A little scratch here, a scratch there added up. Obviously in retrospect, we didn’t discipline enough.
Since then we added another two kitties to our family. We adopted a baby kitten from the shelter named Mintsy, and an older male cat named Otis. Shamefully, the one cat that knows NOT to claw at furniture in the house, is the one we never raised from a kitten!
It wasn’t until this summer that my husband was embarrassed over the damage, that this project took top priority.
One of the culprits~
Here, they are in the process of being re-upholstered. I decided to take a chance on a different design and added a ruffled edge to the bottom of the chair.
The beauty of working with drop cloth, is you can get a LOT of fabric for next to nothing. I find the look of ruffled and box pleated edges to be so appealing, but they also happen to take up a lot of fabric. Another advantage to drop cloth is the weight of the fabric makes great upholstery fabric. Duck cloth is a better route for sure, as the quality of drop cloths aren’t the best. They can fall apart much quicker. Although, I find it works well if you need a lot of fabric.
If you love the look of ruffles, buy a ruffler attachment for your sewing machine. I bought mine on ebay, and I find it works well on one of my three machines. These ruffler attachments allow you to make very condensed ruffles, or spread apart ruffles. You can also make box pleats on it as well. It is worth trying out. It can also be hard to work with, so play around with your tension settings, and needle placement. When you can get it to work well, you can sew up yards of ruffles quite quickly. Think about the skirts you can make, or the pillows designs you can complete with this attachment. I got excited when I got mine in the mail for the first time.
Here is my pretty chair…. it certainly has a feminine touch! I plan on changing the blue painted trim to white.
I also have been working on these vintage french provincial chairs. I painted the frame in a green, and the drop cloth fabric looks quite nice with the paint finish.
Here you can see I had to make up custom box cushions and pillows for them
Here is the start of making a slip cover for my couch’s seat. Look at the corners…and remember that cute cat I posted above … ha ha!
Basically at this point, I laid the fabric on the sofa, and with a pencil, roughly drew out the lines I would cut. Looking back, I didn’t add extra allowance for adding piping down the center of the cover. I had to later go back and cut a new center piece. I wanted to match the existing couch’s design, so putting in this extra work paid off. Adding piping is rather easy with the right attachments, and it adds so much design to the overall look.
Here is what I purchased to make this project possible:
1. A Self-Healing Rotary Mat, and cutter From Olfa.
2. Double Welt Cord – I bought a 250 yard spool from Rochford Supply which as allowed me to complete countless projects.
5. Drop Cloth – I purchased mine from Home Depot
6. A Sewing Machine
Here you can see my Double Welt Attachment
Here you can see sewing a piece of drop cloth with the attachment
I serge my piped edges, which allows me to line up several pieces of fabric. This gives you a clean edge to work with. Having an easy guide allows me to whip through my projects quickly.
In this photo, you can see how a A zipper attachment works so well with piping
You can use the zipper foot for seams inside your pillows and slipcovers, as well as surface stitching.
Here is the start of my box pleats. Large amounts of fabric was cut quickly using my rotary cutter and mat from Olfa. Forget cutting large pieces of fabric with scissors again. I use my rotary cutter for everything now. There is nothing better than a clean cut edge. My edges were serged before I started ironing.
Here you can see how lovely these slipcovers look. My daughter loves the comfortable pillows.
My daugher Atarah is starting to sit up by herself. She sure keeps me busy!
Here, I am starting on the ottoman. The box pleat edge is pressed and sewn in place, and is ready to be attached to the top of the slipcover
My sofas are armless, making this project easier than most slipcover projects. If you look at picture to the left above, you can see the box pleats were sewn around the corner, allowing me to tuck them into the sofa. Hopefully Mintsy was watching how much work this took me to cover her tracks……
So, three slipcovers down, and I hope to make a cover for the back of the sofas. Right now, this fabric doesn’t look out of place, and dresses up our sofas. All the fabric cost me about $40 dollars. What do you think? Would this look fit into your house?
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