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A sofa cover, often called a slipcover, is a piece of fabric draped over or tucked into a sofa for protection or decoration. Many people choose to cover sofas that are old and show signs of wear and tear; others do it to protect their couches from pets or dirt. It's also common to make a cover to align your sofa's decoration with the rest of a room's décor. Whatever your reason, learning how to cover a sofa is an easy project that you can finish in a few hours.
1.Making a No-Sew Cover From Sheets
Grab some sheets, both fitted and flat, in at least full size.Take the cushions off of the couch. Remove all of the movable cushions off of the couch. Lay the flat sheet over the sofa so that it creates a skirt in the front and drapes all the way around to the back.
2.Sewing Your Own
1Choose a fabric for your sofa cover.
Keep in mind the décor in the rest of the room and the desired level of comfort on the sofa. Do not choose fabric that is especially expensive, as your cover will hang on the ground and will also likely need to be cleaned because of frequent use.
2.Measure the length and width of your sofa from back to front and side to side.
The length is the distance from where the sofa touches the ground in the back, over the sofa, to where it touches the ground in front. In other words, measure the height of the back of the sofa, add the depth of the sofa, and then add the height of the front. Use a flexible tape measure to get this measurement. The sofa's width is the distance across the seat of the sofa from one arm to the other.
3.Measure the width and length of the sofa's arms.
The arm width is the distance from where the arm meets the seat of the sofa, over the arm, to where the arm touches the ground. The arm length is the distance from where the arm meets the back of the sofa to the edge of the arm.
4.Cut out your cover's under layer.
The under layer is the main piece of fabric that will go directly on top of the sofa. It serves as the main protection for the sofa and lies beneath the top piece.
5.Stitch a hem onto the under layer.
A hem is a small ribbon of folded-over fabric that runs along the edge. It will serve to keep the under layer in place. To sew the hem, fold over 5/8 of an inch (or 1.6 cm.) of fabric along all sides and sew this to the under layer.
6.Cut out the body of the top piece. The body of the top piece will drape over the back of the sofa onto the floor. To find the body's length, use the sofa length and add approximately 12 inches (or 30 cm.) to allow for tucking. To find the width, use the sofa width and add approximately 2 inches (or 5 cm.) to allow for hemming.
7.Cut out the arms of the top piece. The arms of the top piece will be secured to the body and flow over the arms. To find the arm piece's lengths, use the arm lengths and add approximately 2 inches (or 5 cm.) to allow for hemming. To find the arm piece's widths, use the arm widths and add approximately 12 inches (or 30 cm.) to allow for tucking.
8.Drape the under layer over the sofa. Drape and tuck the under layer behind the sofa's cushions. The under layer should fall evenly to the ground and should have any excess fabric tucked between the back of the sofa and the cushions.
9.Drape the remaining fabric. Drape the body of the top piece over the body of the sofa. Now, drape the arms of the top piece over the sofa's arms.
10.Sew the pieces together. Sew together the body and arms of the top piece. After adjusting the arms so that they fall to the floor evenly, pull each one about 5/8 of an inch (or 1.6 cm.) under the body piece. Sew each arm piece to the body piece. You can do this by hand or with a machine. When you're done, tuck any excess fabric into the cushions.
Measure and observe the sofa, you could purchase a cover with an appropriate size for sofa.Then put the cover on the sofa.
Well, the job of covering the sofa has been done.