I do not enjoy making slipcovers. This is my second one for a couch.
This sofa is GIGANTIC! It is probably bigger than a twin size bed. A much needed redo of my living area began with a palette of neutral colors. I ordered brushed canvas from House of Fabric on line, "natural canvas". It was just under $200. Sure beats Pottery Barns slipcovered couches for $1500-$2500.
I had to cut huge peices and prewash them. UGH! There were strings of fabric in front of the dryer and all over my carpet. Before the fabric arrived I made a muslin pattern. The cushions were a pain, but it's the body of the couch that is so heavy and hard to maneuver on the machine. The front corners are not right because it is too thick for the machine. I am scared I will break my machine. I will go back with tapestry needles and hand sew.
Now you know why slipcovers are so expensive.
1. Make a muslin pattern of the couch. I did this, and it was much easier than pinning and cutting the canvas which is much heavier.
2. Make sure your machine can handle heavy duty fabrics. Try stacking 2-3 layers and running it through your machine.
3. I made a grid of my pattern with measurements to figure out how much yardage I needed. Don't forget to calculate how much cording you will need.
4. Save your cushion covers and pluck out the stitches to use as a pattern. I even reused the original zippers.
The knit pillows are from Pottery Barn.