Tuesday, September 2, 2008

My pretty white couch

This is my pretty white couch. I had these couches with slipcovers that were pretty, but they were red. I got them about 12 years ago, and I love them, but, I was definitely ready for a change. Well, we can't afford true Shabby Chic couches (I mean, really, who can?), and I'm pretty handy with a sewing machine. Armed with a why-buy-it-if-you-can-make-it attitude, I priced fabric. Holy Moly! Fabric can be expensive! I checked out white denim (my first choice), and white duck, and it was still going to be a couple hundred dollars to slipcover both of my couches (they're REALLY big couches!!! Bought when we had a 2,600 sq ft house. Little did we know we would soon be living in a 1010sq ft house!).
Okay, so then I had a brainstorm. I wanted white. But, I have kids of all ages around here, so it had to be washable. And bleachable. Canvas and duck were too expensive, and I HATE those premade mail order slipcovers....so, I made them out of sheets!
Tiffany and I went to the Goodwill outlet in Seattle, as well as a few other thrift stores, and I gathered white sheets. My original plan was to use vintage, nut, I think I used mainly new, and I think they will hold up better. I found 3 full sized The Company Store sheets with a white-on-white floral pattern, and these were my main fabric. Then, I used a bed skirt for the ruffled skirt of the slipcover. Clever, eh? I ripped the skirt part off, and gathered it along the raw edge, and sewed it on. I didn't need to hem it, because it already was! LOVE that! That was the step I was dreading...the yards and yards of hemming! I must say, I was insanely pleased with myself on that one.
All told, this little slipcover cost me under $30.00. OH YEAH!!!!
I love how rumpled it looks and that I can whip it off and bleach the heck out of them should anyone smear jam on them. Not that I let them anywhere near my pretty white couch with food, but still, one can't watch them 100% of the time.
Oh, and I refer to it as My Pretty White Couch. As in..."Don't put your shoes on my Pretty White Couch", and "Come sit with me on my Pretty White Couch"... you get the idea. I'm sure I'll get over it...eventually.


shabbyscraps27 said...

love how it turned out!
xoxo, Tiffany

KatCollects said...

Hi Tammy,
Thank you so much for stopping by my new blog. I am excited about the barn sale and can't wait to meet you and spend the day with you and Tiffany. I will be up late going to a concert the night before so we will need to make ALOT of coffee stops : ) Love the sheet idea for the furniture, it turned out great!

Holly said...

Way to go! Looks so comfy! I have sheets on my living room furniture too but mine are just thrown on since I don't sew.

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