How I Made My Slip Covers

Earlier this year I bought two chairs from Goodwill for a whopping $50. I was afraid that I’d paid way too much for them, until I finally {finally!} got them slip covered. It took me a while to actually get around to it, but now that it’s all over I can tell you it was well worth all that effort.

I don’t have an amazing tutorial to share, because honestly I could never, ever do a better version than Miss Mustard Seed. Although, I will tell you that in conjunction with Marian’s videos, I referred to Kristi’s e-book {The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Custom Slipcovers} like a bajillion times when I made mine. It’s like the best $10 I’ve ever spent! Both sources are very, very good – but together it’s like unlocking the code to slipcover nirvana.

What I can tell you is what I used to make them: Lenda curtains from Ikea. I know…. I know…. kinda weird. I had a set on hand and loved the color and feel of them, so I bought more and used them to make my slips. It took 3 sets to do the pair of wing backs. I’m pretty sure it will take 2 sets when I finally get around to my sofa. At $20 per set you get a LOT of fabric.

So when you add up those $50 chairs with $60 worth of curtains, I have about $110 in a pair… which is a killer price for the chairs that I’d dreamed about for-evah. My only regret? Waiting 8 months to make slipcovers.

Moral of the story? Don’t be a chicken – just do it! Watch and re-watch Marian’s videos, read {and re-read and re-read} Kristi’s book – then just take a deep breath and start. It’s not nearly as scary as you think!

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About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Gorgeous, Gina! I took the lazy route, because the Ektorp slipcover from IKEA was the perfect fit for my sofa. I just got it last week, and the difference is amazing!

  2. Wow they look amazing, I will have to check out the e book. I love Miss Mustard seed – life saver for a DIY newbie

  3. Fabulous job! I bought a pair of turquoise Sanela curtains from Ikea (it’s a nice cotton velvet) to make a slip cover for a chair. I have the fabric all washed and ready to go … just waiting for me to sit down at the machine. Maybe I’ll make it this weekend with your inspiration!


  4. Fabulous!!!! Good for you for just jumping in and doing it! Looks great and cozy too. Thanks for sharing:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

  5. Love them! I have been looking for chairs like that at thrift stores for our house. I am jealous!


  6. I am so jealous! I have been dying to make my own slip covers for years … I just keep saying SOMEDAY! Love them!

  7. What a great job! Love the slip-covered chairs, and that was a real bargain.

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