Covers for furniture, especially chairs, sofas and tables, are essential to keep them long lasting, and free from dust and dirt. It is easier to wash the stains and grimes of the covers than the furniture itself. That’s the advantage of having furniture covers.
Although there are ready-made covers that you can buy, making some on your own is a good option. You have the freedom to choose the design and color. It is less expensive if you create DIY covers. This is fun and very rewarding to do. You do not even have to be a professional to be able to make beautiful covers. All you have to do is to learn how to make through the steps and suggestions below.
Shop Tools and Materials
Unless you have furniture, you cannot start making covers. But for sure you already have a table with chairs and a sofa. What you only have to buy then are fabric materials, a measuring tape, a pencil and a paper, a pair of scissors, and threads. You may choose to use old fabric materials as long as they don’t have scratches, holes or stains that are removable.
Measure the Furniture
With the use of the tape measure, start determining the lengths, widths, and heights, even the depths of each furniture that needs covering. You use those dimensions to measure the fabric. So, record all those numbers on a paper to avoid forgetting and making any mistakes. Those furniture pieces with the same sizes and forms should not be measured one by one.
Cut the Fabrics
You can cut the fabric according to the dimension you measure. The cover for table is easy to cut as you just have to rely on the length and width. For the chairs and couches, it is quite complicated as you have to use different sizes of fabric strips, which you will eventually sew. When you cut fabrics, they must be at least 3 inches extra long. That way they would fit perfectly after sewing them.
You can start stitching to attach the cuts you made from the fabric. It is vital that you place the fabric on the furniture as if you are covering it so you can easily determine where to stitch. From that arrangement, you can draw a line and use it as the basis of your stitching. When you stitch, there are two options to use, a handy sewing device or the big machine. You may also choose to hand sew it if you can, especially if it is just a small cover.
Remember this is the crucial part. Once you make a mistake, you are required to redo it and that means you have to cut the stitches to repeat the process. Your final product may be too tight or very loose when trying to cover the furniture.
Create Covers for the Cushions
The furniture may have pillows or cushions. These are usually placed on the sofa as accents and on the chairs as the seat part. If your furniture have these additions, then make covers for each pillow as well. They need to match with the main cover of the furniture, unless you want to complement it with another fabric with a much different design or color as long as it is matched.
Add Ribbons or Laces
The edges of the furniture cover can be also stitched with extra decorative design. In this case, a ribbon or a lace is the most suitable material to use. You choose the material you want of the same color that matches the overall design of the fabric. With these same materials, you can also make a bow that you can tie at the back of every chair.
There is enjoyment and satisfaction when you create a DIY cover for furniture, especially seats and tables. You can use the tips listed on this page to make your own furniture coverings. Why else go to a local store to buy furniture covers if you can make on your own without difficulty and consuming a lot of time? Sometimes, you need to make something creative also and be proud of yourself. This should be an interest that every mother needs to learn.