Slipcover How To

The following slipcover question comes in from Jean.

Hi Sophia! I am reading your book “DIY Tailored Slipcovers” while I am constructing 2 wingchair slips. I had been pin-fitting them on the chair w/ the reverse side of the fabric up, but want to experiment cutting each piece to measurement then serging, as you suggest. Your book has been a BIG help!!

Could you help me??

1.) What is the best way to join seams w/ 3 or more pieces, angles?

2.) Also, do you do pintucks around the curves to take up slight excess fabric + which direction should the tucks go, up or down?

Wingback Slipcover, from my book DIY Tailored Slipcovers


Hi Jean,

I will be happy to answer your questions.

1. Always create the complete arm assembly and the complete inside back assembly before you join the two to each other. The entire arm should be assembled—IA (inside arm), OA (outside arm) and AF (arm front) before it attaches to the finished body assembly. The body consists of the IB (inside back) and OB. (outside back)

If you take a close look at pages 44 and 46 you can see the direction of the pleats. I have attached a larger pic to enlarge that detail.

As for assembling the pieces so that the slipcover lays flat the answer lies on pages 56 and 57!

Best Regards,


2 comments for “Slipcover How To

  1. Jacquelyn
    April 7, 2009 at 5:28 am

    I purchased your book back in March and it has been a great help in my slipcovers techniques. I also customed your measurement sheets for when I go to a clients. There is much more that I will adopt from the simplified information that you shared. Thank you. And congratulations!
    Jacquelyn Seaborn

  2. October 26, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    This is lovely!
    I am gonna try this weekend, I love this kind of decoration!

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