Decorating & Furniture/slipcovers


I have just moved into a home twice the size of my previous home and would like to slipcover used furniture so I have something to put into this house.  My question is I am not really experienced in sewing but I am creative and would like to learn how to make custom slipcovers with inexpensive material. My style is french shabby chic and I read somewhere that painters dropcloth can be used for slipcovers if laundered well to make soft.  Can you provide me with any advice?  I also would like to find a way to purchase a particular sofa that I cannot afford.  Do you have any advice for how to get it on clearance or from an outlet?  It's a curved sofa either from Shabby Chic or Arhaus furniture.  Thanks for your help.  P.S. I have been trying to find a large (apprx. 6 ft.) antique wall clock and have had no luck.

Dear Cynthia,
   I have slipcovered sofas with fabric and sheets. You can use curtain fabric to. If the sofa has cushions that come out of the sofa, you can tightly wrap the fabric over the cushion and then staple down on the bottom. You might want to add a thin piece of cardboard to staple in between the cushion and the fabric. I dont think I would suggest painters dropcloth, it just doesnt seem very comfortable no matter what you do to it. My best advice is to hit the thrift stores for the best bargain, especially since you are going with the shabby chic style sofa. Some things dont fall right into place, but if you look hard enough it will come someday, probabbly when you least expect it.

Good Luck,
Rachel Mallon

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