Anyway, our couch was from IKEA, so its super easy to redo with its simple pattern. I don't know what the couch is called, but I dont think they make it anymore -a shame, really. But I'm sure it was something like MERVDDORKK - they have to crazy names to them. There's a picture of what it looks like, complete with Maddy watching PeeWee's Big Adventure. It was T-RASHED from our negligence and abuse -and food...and kids played a huge part.. It doenst look as trashed as it really was...plus I accidentally left a black permanent marker on it and it bled all over.
Anyway, I found this really cool cream/gray small damask print fabric for $4 a yard on clearance so I held my breath, bought the whole bolt, and prayed it was enough. it was about 9 yards total and I'll admit - its not enough. Luckily, I can be resourceful...and sly like a fox!
This is what we did - and you can too if you have a simple IKEA couch that has a washable cover - meaning it can easily come off.
You will need:
- enough yards of fabric - measuring EVERYTHING helps determine that
- sharp scissors
- heavy duty upholstery thread - 3 spools of a matching color to be safe!
- Heavy duty needles -size 16 -18 depending on the thickness of the fabric
- a washable marker
- a sewing machine
- We took all the covers off the cushions, pillows, and the body.
- mark each piece like "back", "bottom" , "Pillow", etc with a marker (you'll see why)
- grab a trusty seam-ripper and tear the seam of each item at a time. if there are doubles of the same item - like pillows and cushions, do just one of each and keep the others in tact as a guide
- Name each piece of each item - like "gusset", "left top arm rest", "right bottom arm" - do it so you understand what your talking about
- pile each separate item together so they dont get mixed up with the other stuff
- now the fun begins - and this is just how we do it.
- lay the good new fabric face down on the floor or an extremely LARGE cutting surface
- lets say you want to start with a cushion
- Lay the cushion pieces face down as well - keep in mind which way the pattern of your new fabric is facing. Its its striped, for instance, you dont want one cushion's stripes being horizontal and the other vertical
- take your marker and trace the pieces, making sure to mark on the traced one what piece it is. do all
- cut out each piece. Take the cushion that's still intact as a guide and see how much of a seam allowance it has. If they have a zipper, keep those zippers!!
- Sew the item just as you see it in its counterpart
- Repeat for all items that have counterparts
- Piece together the body - don't pin yet.
- Sew each item one at a time to the body till you're done
- Say a silent prayer
- slip cover on
- place one pillows and cushions
- sit and enjoy
- bask in the satisfaction that you didn't pay $250 for a custom cover or even more for a new couch!
yes, this is not a professional way to go about it, but so far its working - if I finish and find that I totally blew it and wasted all that time and a whopping $40, i'll kick myself. BUT if it turns out right, I will reveling with step #20.