Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Drop Cloth Slipcovers

Other than a coffee and end tables my father made for me and my $80 Kmart dining table, all my furniture is hand-me-downs. John wisely advises that we not purchase anything until the kids are grown because they’d just ruin anything nice. My 1930’s sofa has a lovely shape and is very comfortable but the upholstery is thrashed and it’d cost too much to have it professionally redone, I’d have to commit to an expensive fabric choice. My old slipcover (a gorgeous blue and orange batik, pictured in the background) had a small rip with Elia exacerbated. So I had to make a new one. For my birthday I finished paying for my new Husquevarna $500 machine and as its first project I stitched up a new slipcover out of $33 worth of painting dropcloths, which I scotchguarded. Best fabric purchase ever! It works out to about $3/yard for 60 inch 10oz canvas. The same fabric is $4-5/yd at so I highly recommend stopping by your local paint store. Greta used the scraps to make Barbie sleeping bags.

The power went out before I got a chance to hem the sucker. And the same darn thing happened the next weekend. Hemming’s on my to-do list now. Someday…Nevertheless, the new slipcover really perks up the living room. Might I dare say chic.

Speaking of…

What do you call a fashionable man in the casbah? Chic (sheik, get it?). More of
an audio joke. But a dumb one, just the way I like ‘em.


1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:08 PM

    I've now noticed that most of the hits on this blog are due to being in the top ten when somebody googles "Drop Cloth Slipcover." Here's what I'd do differently if I were to do this project again: Wash the fabric first. It shrunk to unusability and I purchased another slipcover once this one got filthy. I never did get around to doing the hemming.