YAY! I'm all done with my first slipcover. It was a lot easier than I anticipated - well...once I sewed it together and ripped it apart, I got the concept. And I have to say...I loved making it. Wow...could I be addicted to slips???
1. With the Pink and Polka Dot method, there really isn't a seam allowance. But when I needed one (because I measured), I used 1/2". I added an extra 1 1/2" to the bottom for a hem.
2. Overcast or zig-zag raw edges so it doesn't fray when it's washed.
3. A hot iron is your friend. In some cases, I pinned and pressed. It helped me keep seams straight.
4. They are right...pin, pin, pin. And fit it wrong side out. Notice that the top corners are rounded. It fits the cushion better.
5. A good fabric marker works wonders. I did a lot of marking.
6. My corner box pleat is faux. I cut a piece of fabric that was 10" wide and the same length as the side panels. I hemmed the sides.
You can see the corner here.
7. The heavy-duty drop cloth is easy to sew. I prefer it over cotton duck because it doesn't wrinkle as easily. It is a cotton/poly blend.
The seams are a bit bulky, but this handy tool helped keep my foot in the correct position. Next time I make one, I may just overcast the edges and fold it up once.
8. Lengthen your stitches. I sewed most of this at about 3mm. I did this because that fabric is heavy. It feeds through the machine better at a longer stitch.
Next project? Slipcover the green chair. I'm a bit scared!