Another Slipcover Project Completed and How to make back cushion inserts!
First I would like to apologize for the very long title! But when I picked up this job to re-slipcover, the client asked if I could have new back cushions made for the loveseat. And I of course said yes! But after thinking about it I didn’t want to wait for them to be made. My turn around time is quicker than that. To send off for them I would have had to send a template to them and then the company would have made them and shipped them, so there would have been shipping cost on top of the cost of the cushions. I made an executive decision to make them myself. So today we delivered these slipcovered pieces to the customer and she was very happy.
I made the first set for these pieces several years ago, and now she was wanting something new. Here are what the old ones looked like when we picked them up. Still in pretty good condition, she just wanted something more cheerful.
So while my friend Marlene made up all the cording for the slipcovers, I made the new inserts for the back cushions of the love seat.
I first cut the 2 pieces, back and front of the insert, and drew the lines on the fabric where I would sew on the baffle sections on each piece. Baffles are divided areas inside the cushion to better control the filling, keeping it in place.
Here are the baffles sewn into the front and back pieces.
I have sewn the front and back to the banding on the sides and it is ready for stuffing.
Cushion is stuffed and sewn shut and ready to go!
The next step on this project was to figure out all the pattern matching!
On the love seat I made the decision to match everything except the little center piece. With 2 cushions there was no way to perfectly match up the center piece if it was all one piece, so I seamed it where the cushions meet, it is a very small section. But now the cushions, front piece and skirt can all flow together.
The chair was also patterned matched, along with the ottoman.
Some close-ups of the chair.
Arm detail on the chair.
All the pieces were made to match each other.
With this repeat and all of the matching required it took more fabric then the client had realized. She had purchased the fabric and pre-washed it, so I wasn’t exactly sure how much fabric she had ordered. I realized while making the body and cushions of the loveseat that I might run out of fabric, so I then skipped to making the body and cushions of the chair and ottoman, then figured out how much fabric I would need to complete the skirts. I needed 4 more yards, so I called up the client and explained that I could complete the job without matching and only need 1 more yard, but to really look right we needed 4 yards, she agreed. I was luckily able to order the 4 yards from the same place (still on sale and free shipping)and wash it for her. Finished up the skirts and the job was completed!
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