Thursday, January 7, 2010

Capri slipcovers

For some reason, Ikea's Jennylund chair slipcovers are made so they don't reach the floor. It bothered me more I bought my pair (sort of an emergency purchase when I realized my sofa was going to take a little while to arrive). I like the petite scale of the chairs, so I'm keeping them, but I want to do something to make them a little more interesting.


Yeah, they're due to be washed

Stumbling upon the aisle in the fabric store where the Stitch Witchery is (one of my aunts couldn't believe I never heard of this stuff before my drapes project...where have I been?), I got to thinking about my options. I still have a massive roll of that wide, yellow grosgrain ribbon that I used on my drapes. Maybe I could use Velcro to add a grosgrain trim to the bottom of the slipcovers! I'd use Velcro so the ribbon could be removed for washing. Do you think it'll work?


Check out those mad photoshop skills! I need to attend to the pillow situation shortly.
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10 comments:

  1. No idea if it will work but it sounds like it's worth a shot!

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  2. Velcro would be pretty thick and look chubby, and change the way the skirt hangs a bit. Machine baste the top edge of ribbon to bottom of skirt with cheap thread and it will pull off without damage any time.

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  3. Fringe!! I would totally add some neutral color fringe to those babies- very fun!

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  4. I'd just baste it on. Seam ripper will take it right off if you get bored with it.

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  5. hello pretty dog! you look just like my dog cooper!

    i'm having a hard time picturing what the ribbon will look like, but i agree with the comments above - baste it on and then decide what you think. i also like the fringe idea... although in my house i'm pretty sure the fringe = good place for dog fur to be trapped.

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  6. Looks like a good idea.
    Love your blog. I added you to my blog list today.
    xo xo

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  7. The slipcovers are uneven at the base - can you get the trim straight? I'm afraid that your eye will be drawn down to a shot of yellow that might drive you crazy. Baste them on and live with it for a few days!!

    I'm driving to C'ville to meet some friends for lunch today. Any suggestions? I'm so excited to be so close that I can pop over for lunch!!

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  8. I think the suggestion people had to baste them on makes sense. The velcro will probably be too thick. I would wash the slipcovers first (if you haven't already) so they do the shrink thing before cuting and basting the ribbon.

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  9. I see that everyone told you to baste the ribbon on, which would have been my suggestion too.

    But...you don't own a sewing machine right? I think that YOU should definitely invest in one. Doesn't have to be super expensive. Spend about $150 and search for classes to get you started. I bet you will love it! Think of all the new projects you could start!

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  10. Oh my goodness, is Baxter ever the perfect model or what. I just might steal this pooch from you, I love him so much!

    I do like the ribbon idea! Was also thinking adding a pleated row in a similar fabric (if you decide against the ribbon)would really make it look custom. I wonder how much a seamstress would charge for that--it sounds simple in theory.

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