A friend of mine recently gifted this amazing antique glider to our family.
Her Mom had slip covered it for her and I decided I would try to do the same (leaving the red and white underneath, in case we do some redecorating in the next year or two :))
I started by laying out the cushions on the fabric and tracing around the edge – giving an extra inch or so around each cushion (for the side part of the cushion/seam allowance).
(I think the seat looks like a loaf of bread….) Don’t forget two pieces of fabric for each cushion!
I was hesitant to use this dark of fabric with our notoriously hairy cat, but there is no way she will jump on this glider – the moment it starts rocking she would freak! David suggested this color and I’m so glad we decided to go with it.
I sewed both sides together inside out, leaving the straight side at the bottom/back of each cushion open.
Then it was “fitted” and by fitted – I mean, put on the cushion inside out and deciding which areas needed to be brought in a little. I’m not a perfectionist when it comes to covers – especially with this fabric being a Kona cotton and not a heavy upholstery fabric – it was destined to show lines. You can be as picky as you like… 😉
I also wanted to put ties on the top of the back cushion (as had been done before). So I cut some two inch strips and basically made them into bias tape. Looking for a good bias tape tutorial? Head over to MADE and check out Dana’s amazing videos. I can NOT get enough of her fantastic tutorials.
Then I went singer stitch crazy, and found a fun stitch to close it up with. I took two of each strip and put them at about 10 and 2 o’clock on the rounded top part of the cushion. I chose to attach these ties as I sewed the back cushion pieces together – it worked out well!
After I was happy with the fit, I hemmed the bottom. Notice I left the bottom open.
The seamstress before me had closed the back of each cushion by hand stitching, but I really want to be able to take the covers off and wash them… So for right now, I’m leaving them open, with an intent to eventually sew on some velcro for easy on/off.
And there it is! (with one of my Koi pillows)
I also made a… cough… quick stop to my local quilt/fabric shop, Intown Quilters, and picked up a few fat quarters (as well as the Kona that I used for the slip cover). Here’s a quick Fabric Friday for you.
Top: Pretty sure that first one is Kaffe Fasset (Sadly no detailed selvage on this one!), Kona Solid
Middle: Gem Tones Color Story by Michael Miller (both)
Bottom: Grey, Fox and the Houndstooth – Andie Hanna for Robert Kaufman
I can not pick a favorite, though I am a sucker for foxes… I’m looking forward to using these for some fun new projects coming up!
What have you been working on? Any projects on your horizon?