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Slipcover Basics Video

- Judy outlines the basics of Slipcover Basics -

This page is a general outline of Slipcover Basics video. These basics of the techniques are only highlights of the full video. We will be posting a full how to article based on illustrations from the video.

Segment 1: Identification and Marking.  

Identifying and measuring the parts of furniture.
This is rough measuring for the purpose of rough cutting pieces.
Segment 2: Cutting the Pieces
Cutting and marking pieces.
This will give you the major pieces that you'll need for section 3.
Cutting bias welt.
This can be done with scrap pieces, so if you're unsure whether you have enough fabric, hold this off until later.
Segment 3: Placement and Pinning
Marking chair.
Judy measures across several keypoints top and bottom of the center of the chair.  She divides by two and marks the center of the chair with chalk.
Placing pieces.
She folds the backs (inside and outside) the deck and the front panel in half and places the folds along the chalk lines.
Pinning pieces.
She squares the folded pieces to the chair and pins the fold to the centerline.  She pins the pieces out toward the seam.  She places the side pieces (arms, wings and such) face to face and places them in their appropriate places.  Then she begins pinning the individual pieces together at the joints.  For curved seams, she pins carefully along the contour of the chair.  
Marking and cutting bottom edge for skirt.
Judy decides where she wants the skirt to finish on the slipcover.  Usually, this is about an inch above the bottom of the chair.  She measures up from the floor (or carpet pile) to this heighth and makes a note of it.   She marks this measurement around the chair with chalk and using a yardstick to make a line all around the slipcover.  She cuts the slipcover carcass about an inch below the bottom of the chair.
Segment 4: Notching Pieces and Cutting the Skirt
Notching pieces.
Judy carefully cuts the excess at her pinned seams.  She makes sure to allow for tuckage at all places that it will go.  This is really critical around the inside arms, where there may not be enough space for tuckage.  In places like that, she'll cut a normal seam allowance until she gets to an area where the tuckage will be able to fit in.  She trims out to the tuckage allowance of 4" and pins that together too.  
Once this is all done, and before she removes the slipcover from the chair, she notches each seam.  These are simple little V cuts into what will be the seam about 1/4" deep.  These will allow her to match up the pieces once she's got the slipcover off.
Unpinning pieces.
Before she removes the slipcover from the chair, she checks to be sure that all seams are notched with at least two V's.. she can add more later, but she needs two (more for longer pieces) to make sure that she can fit it back together.  Then she unpins those pins that are actually holding the pieces to the chair.  One of the main advantages of the half cut method that Judy uses is that she can remove the slipcover without taking it apart.
Cutting skirt material.
Judy measures and lays out her skirts.  She'll add for a finished seam on each end and sew it inside out (this is much easier to understand if you see it done). Then, she'll simply turn it inside in and iron the seams to flatten them. She'll do the same all around and even the corners.  
Segment 5: Sewing and Fitting the Slipcover
Sewing pieces together.
Sewing requires the most concentration, but if you've studied the video and followed the directions up to now, all of your notches should go back together at this point.
Test fitting the slipcover.
Ah, the test.... well, the nice thing is that it won't go down on your permanent record like your SAT's did... Remember, this is only a test.
Sewing the skirt pieces together.
See note above (cutting skirt material).
Ironing the skirt.
See note above.  
Sewing the welt and skirt to slipcover.
This will really dress up your slipcover.  It's remarkable how simple this is, and yet looks so hard.
Sewing the zipper.
Judy makes this look easy too, and she shows you how to get professional results on this with a little technique.
Ironing the slipcover.
You might think that this doesn't need to be said, but it really helps.  This is one more advantage to slipcovers.
Final fitting.
Using Judy's method, you've got a slipcover that won't slip, and one that looks as good as upholstery at a fraction of the price.
Segment 6: Finishing Off with the Cushion
This section is worth the price of the video alone.  The professional tips that Judy gives in here will make your slipcover really smart looking.  You can use the same techniques to make new cushions for your old furniture or even a Goodwill Special.
Measuring for the cushion.
Cutting the cushion.
Cutting the cushion boxing.
Sewing the zipper and cushion.
Ironing the cushion.
Stuffing and fitting the cushion.
A dacron or cotton wrap will revitalize a saggy cushion.
Sit down, relax and enjoy a cup of tea in your brand new old furniture.
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