How To Recover a Chair In Three Minutes

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To Recover a Chair In Three Minutes

My new best Twitter friend, Karen from The Art of Doing Stuff, writes her witty blog about everything I love. It's like I found my Canadian counterpart, only she has killer abs and  a TV show. I chuckled aloud as I read her blog and then, being a big fan of an easy chair re-do, my jaw dropped. She's so much more clever than I am! My mom always said "the cream always rises", and sure enough, her chair re-do pops up on

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How to make a Corset Chair Cover

by DIY Maven

cover a plain chair with a corset slip cover

These sexy and practical chair covers come to us from isew. Inspired by something you'd find in a Victoria Secret catalog, the chair covers cinch up in the back--just like a corset--and have satin straps--just like a camisole. They're the perfect way to sizzle up boring square dining chairs! To make one, you'll need the following:

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How to make a Sofa Wrap

by DIY Maven

Elegant, vintage brocade

If the thought of reupholstering a sofa gives you the case of the yips, you might want to consider making a sofa wrap instead. They don't involve any complicated sewing and fitting like a slipcover either. Basically, they consist of two parts: An outer layer and an under layer, which is optional.

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How to Make a Notebook Slipcover

by DIY Maven

How to Make a Notebook Slipcover

Fern loves to jot down notes in notebooks, so she goes through a lot of them. But forking over cash for those pretty bookstore blank books only to deface them provoked a certain amount of guilt. Sooooo Fern decided to stock up on inexpensive notebooks from the dollar store and make a pretty fabric cover that she can transfer from book to book. Tweak the construction a bit, and you could even make yours machine washable. To whip one up, you'll need....

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An Incredible Slipcover Story

by DIY Maven

An Incredible Slipcover Story

If you think making a slipcover has got to be easier than re-upholstering a piece of furniture, do both and get back to me. Okay, so slipcovers CAN be easy...but the one featured in this VERY DETAILED article wasn't. THAT I can guarantee.

 

I mean, seriously, what an undertaking?! The whole project took 8 days and cost $213.55. See the entire story here.

 

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Knit an Aran Armchair Slipcover

by DIY Maven

Knit an Aran Armchair Slipcover

While suffering disappointment earlier today at my favorite craft store--they were out of the yarn I wanted--I meandered over to the pattern books and found a copy of Erika Knight's Simple Knits with a Twist: Unique Project for Creative Knitters ($15.96). I about let out a whoop when I flipped the pages to a picture of this knitted slipcover. I'm not sure how practical it would be, but it certainly is beautiful! Now...if I could just convert...

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ApartmentTherapy Contest

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

If anyone reads ApartmentTherapy online, please be sure to look for my two entries of furniture re-dos and vote.  Here are my two Before and After entries.  Let me know what you think.

Check out the materials and how-to on www.fliptstudio.blogspot.com.                                       

AMY BUTLER UPHOLSTERED NIGHTSTAND

 

ApartmentTherapy Contest

  

 and......SLIPCOVER FOR A SCRIBE

                                               

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How to Make an Envelope Pillow

by DIY Maven

How to Make an Envelope Pillow

I first saw this quick and easy to make pillow slipcover technique on BBC America’s fabulous DIY make over show "Changing Rooms" three or four years ago. It’s an oldie but a goodie.

What You Need

  • A pillow form or old pillow you no longer love
  • Fabric one inch wider and 2 ½ times longer than your pillow’s dimensions
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • A sewing machine, although you could get by with hand stitching in a pinch

(Before we go on, a note about sewing machines...

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