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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Big Chair Slipcover Part One

Oh, just about three years ago I wrote about slipcovering my BIG GREEN CHAIR. It never happened. I got around to slip covering the foot stool. Then I went on to slipcover my sofa.

Last week my friends and I headed to our favorite fabric store (Barn Fabric Center) - it's in Williamsport, PA. OK, this store is amazing. It's full of home dec and upholstery fabric...for $10 a yard. And if you time your visit, it's marked down! Last year we went right before the 4th of July weekend and it was $7 per yard! 

Experience taught me to shop with a purpose. I'm not one of those people who just buys fabric to buy fabric. I buy fabric when I need fabric. Although the store is small, it holds a lot of fabric, which can be overwhelming. I have no problem making decisions but I find that bolts and bolts of beautiful fabric paralyzes me! But I had a purpose...get that slipcover done!

In the spring, I decided to lighten up my living room. There was too much brown and gold; I found that it drained my energy. I ordered a new rug that served as inspiration. I found some paint (haven't painted yet...) and then decided that it was time for a chair re-do. Since I couldn't take my rug with me, I matched up the rug colors with paint sample colors.

OK, now back to the Barn Fabric Center. It didn't take long to find the fabric that I wanted - a blue/green linen (like?? I have no idea). It was plain and soft and beautiful. At $10 a yard, I couldn't pass it up. I needed about 10 yards. He measure it...there was 18 yards...he gave me a deal. I ended up paying $150 for 18 yards!

So here is my work in progress. I'll be writing more about what I did to get ready for it. 

Here's the before. It's a dark green chenille - that's already a slip cover. I love this chair. I love the title..."The Simple Slipcover." was anything but simple!
Here's the work-in-progress. Yes, that fabric is SOFT!


Here's the back. This was the not-so-simple part. You can kind of see the velcro flap that I had to create so I could get it on and off the chair. 

My goal for today is to get this finished. We've had a lot of rain, so it's perfect weather to stay inside and sew!

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