Friday, May 13, 2011

Slip Covers Off The Rack

Where to buy affordable white slip covers?
We all love them, but let's face it, they can cost a pretty penny, and for those of us with little or none sewing skills we have to rely on purchasing the ready- made sort.
There are a few things to think about before you embark on your hunt. 
One: what shape is the furniture piece you're covering?
Many retailers sell a basic shape that works for several different sofa or chair types.
If you're covering a wing back like this, I recommend a couple places to shop online. 



 Check out Sure Fit  They have a variety of styles to suit your Wing Back Chair, even one that is shorter with a pretty ruffle at the bottom. 
Another great place to find slip covers is Target 
I search "Simply Shabby Chic Slip Covers" so it brings me right to Rachel Ashwell's lovely covers. She carries slips for dining chairs, arm chairs and sofas and love seats. With pretty shapes that are adaptable to many styles of furniture.

 Off the rack or pre packaged slips however do not arrive at your home, neatly pressed. This is one shocker, they're packed tightly in clear plastic zippy packs and you'll need to pull out the steam iron before slipping them onto your furniture. 
Be ready for a bit of a work out as well, with some pieces. You'll do lots of tucking in here and there ( I used a stiff plastic spatula to push the fabric into the crevices).  I also ironed out some creases after the slip was on my chair (very carefully, though).
 Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect. It's a slip. The idea is casual comfort.
One more tip is this...always, always check the linen section at your local thrift shops.
Over the years I've found a few pretty slips, and even some at my local discount store. The one pictured below was a mere $5 
And finally, check out Ikea  their  slip covers are designed to match their own furniture, however if you measure carefully you may find their affordable covers will work on your piece as well. 
Happy hunting, xxx tami 
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37 comments:

  1. thanks for the tips Tami!;) Hope you have a wonderful weekend~ Hugs,Rachel

    French Farmhouse 425

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  2. I so much needed this post Tami! I am in terrible need of a white slipcover....Our Target has not a one white slipcover in the store, neither does bed bath & beyond :( Thanks for the tip =) Xoxoxo

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  3. Tami - these are fabulous tips. I don't have much sewing ability so covers for several chairs and a lovely seat are on my wish list. Thanks for the wonderful advice (am bookmarking for later). Hope you have a fabulous weekend!!! :O)

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  4. oops....meant loveseat not cover for a lovely seat. LOL!

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  5. Hello cutie-pie,

    These are great tips, Tami. Your wooden chair looks so different with the slip cover off. Were you affected by the whole Blogger annoyingness? Grrrrr......

    How are things with you? I TOTALLY thought of you all the while I was making my bag. Aren't the C&R fabrics just completely YOU!!?

    Sarahx

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  6. Your slip covers are beautiful Tami! I need to find one for my recliner soon. Thank you for the great tips I am pretty sure that I would never be able to make one an would probably waste more money on fabric than I would on just purchasing one, not to mention losing my sanity! :)
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend. :)

    XO

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  7. Thanx for giving me "the slip" on all the slipcovers! My sis-n-law is n need of some...now "slip" on over to my blog and sneak a peek. Tiffany

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  8. Great tips on the slips :) I like the casual elegance and washable factor. Although, I've made a slipcover... it was not fun. I'd much rather buy one. They seem to be better made these days. I've wondered about the 2 piece ones with separate seat covers. I love your wing chair cover and I need that pillow. Gorgeous!

    Have a great weekend, Tami! :D

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  9. I wish I could sew two white slips for my old chairs in my sun room. These chairs are very old and in such an odd size that packaged slips will be too big. Yours looks great. Have a good weekend.

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  10. Thanks for you sweet comment about my Seeing Red Post. I am sooo going to order that white wing back slipcover. I have a "fabric choice regret" on mine! Thanks for the tip! I'd love for you to share it on my blog party too or anything else inspiring!

    http://www.frugaliciousme.com/2011/05/sometimes-thursday-players-rock-paper.html

    I can't wait to look at the rest of your pretties!
    Following you girl!

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  11. thx for coming by. I was so bad...I forgot it was textiles only!!! . Loads if good info here. New follower too.

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  12. This is great advice! I always fear that the cover won't fit right or I'll not be able to make it look smooth enough. Yours looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. I love to sew white slipcovers! Yours looks great!

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  14. great slip tips if you can't do custom. ironing is the best tip!!

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  15. These are some great tips. I COULD sew my own...but there are a lot of other things I'd rather do. :)

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  16. Thanks for the info. I just love the slipcover look. A big ikea in Atlanta, i'll have to check it out. Big Love for the french pillow..........
    Hope your weekend is great.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  17. Hey Tami...good post,lots of info.I love slipcovers..my couch from Ikea with a white one is my favorite! Talk soon,x0

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  18. Hola, nice meeting you and your inspiring blog!!
    hugs from Chile

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  19. Great help for finding slip covers. I would love to attempt to sew my own... but it's a very daunting task sigh. So affordable ones are the perfect medium for me right now.
    I'm now following you from the Funky Junk linking party. Please follow me at:
    www.daughterbydesign.blogspot.com

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  20. Ooo! Ooooo! Ooooo!

    I want that pillow!!!

    Is it burlap or linen???

    Want your candlesticks, too.

    I don't have any slipcovers. I sure could use some though.

    I have the world's most ugly chair.

    But it is very comfortable.........heehee

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  21. Hello Tami
    Lovely Post...and I have heard about IKEA :)
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  22. Slips certainly give us so many options! Thanks for the great sources to find economical slips.
    Your little 5.00 slip looks so pretty.
    Yvonne

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  23. Those covers are great! You know that I never can past a thrift shop without checking their fabric! You never know what you might find! X

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  24. Thank you for the slipcover tips, I was contemplating sewing one for my sofa, but I think I'll check out some of the sources you mentioned first. Love your blog and am now following!

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  25. Thanks for all the tips. I just got an IKEA slipcovered sofa. I am struggling at the moment being relaxed enough to not FREAK OUT when my dog jumps up on it with muddy paws! I sure hope I don't have a heart attack the next time it happens. :o) I have washed a few of the cushion covers and they come out great. I just keep telling myself "You can do this." :o) Happy weekend ~ Ann

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  26. do they make whole house slipcovers???? please anyone??

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  27. I really like the little slipcovers from Gard'n Designs. They have elastic in them, and their designs are very unique. They are like little mini skirts for chairs!

    Informative post!

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  28. Your photos are lovely. I agree about checking out ready made. I have made several myself, but found the most economical and least work for our family room sofa was an IKEA ektorp cover, even though our sofa was a custom made piece and NOT ikea. I figured for $60 it was worth the try.

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  29. I read a good tip on slip covers on couches the other day. It said use an old broom stick or something like it behind the cushions to keep it tucked into place.
    Brenda

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  30. I actually just tried on of those Sure Fit slipcovers this past week for a wingback. Had to return it because the fit was not good. WAY to big for the chair. I like a snug fit. Nice thing.....I bought it from Target.com and was able to return it to the store down the street. Just don't think the quality was that great either. Would rather save or wait for something a little nicer. Just me. But, it does look great in there pics.:)

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  31. Love that linen slipcover, Tami! Ooooohhhh...there's just something about that linen! lol! Thanks for the scoop, too! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  32. I love this! I'd like to invite you to post it on Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week, I hope you can join in. Have a nice week, Mary :O)

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  33. Great ideas Tami! I just love slipcovers too. I really want one for one of my couches, I don't think I have it in me to sew it myself.

    Tricia ♥

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  34. What lovely photos Tami, love the chair next to the white chest of draws.. lovely..and I will be checking out those sites x

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  35. Of course I love this look! I need one for my wingchair! Thanks for the tip!

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  36. I've bought a few different brands but always returned them - I could never get the look I wanted. YOURS on the other hand look great! I think I'll try again.

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  37. Those are some great tips. Thanks so much for sharing. I found you over at Freckled Laundry. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Looking forward to keeping up with your blog.

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