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Custom Slipcovers Made Easy: 25 Weekend Projects to Dress Up Your Decor Spiral-bound – 28 Dec 2007

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  • Spiral-bound: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Books Americana Inc.; Spi edition (28 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896895181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896895188
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.8 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"Custom Slipcovers Made Easy" features a range of stylish projects to create seasonal "clothing" for furniture that is practical and durable. Simple instructions and over 200 photographs enable first time sewers to learn a new skill and skilled sewers to try something new to liven up any living space. The 25 projects include a wide array of furniture coverings for chairs, sofa sleepers, love seats, a child's chair and a daybed.

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Made Easy? Not as easy as it looks but I imagine a competent seamstress could make a good fist if it
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love it,great book,
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Project was successful because of this book 28 April 2013
By Fred Leslie - Published on
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I am actually Lucy Leslie and am writing this from my husband's Amazon account. I am a novice sewer who made a beautiful, durable slipcover for my couch due to this wonderful book. I have a 20-year-old couch that is well-made, attractive, and above all extremely comfortable. I had gotten if professionally recovered one time which cost as much as buying a new couch. When that fabric wore out, I had decided to buy new. I spent a few days looking at all the furniture stores in town and nothing held a candle to my beloved couch. So I decided to slipcover myself. I have sewn clothes before and curtains. But I've rarely tackled zippers, never done piping, and constructing something without a pattern seemed completely out of my skill set. However, this book was well-written, had plenty of photos, and planned it out from start to finish. However, I do not want to sugar coat the process. The project took a number of weeks to complete and was one of the most mentally and sometimes physically demanding projects I've ever tackled. Also, there were plenty of mistakes. I think my seam ripper got as much use as my sewing machine at times. (In fact, my only problem with the book was the author's advice to do seat cushions like an assembly line i.e. cut all the pieces, install all the zippers, etc. I would recommend doing a complete cushion from the start to finish to make sure everything fits.) I couldn't be happier with my "new" couch. Thanks to this book, I'm going to tackle my armchair next!
73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand 8 May 2010
By Happy Mom - Published on
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I bought both this book and Neubauer's Complete Photo Guide to Slipcovers (CPGS). I prefer this one.

Custom Slipcovers Made Easy is in a spiral binding inside. The outside is hardcover. You can open the book to the page you want to work from, and it will stay open and flat. I love that.

The pictures offer easy directions. Measuring is done on real chairs, muslin covers have dotted lines to show you what to look at, layout directions are shown as are fabric repeats, directions are given for unusually shaped chairs, creative finishes are explained, and the end result is tailored.

The appendix is full of charts to fill in for your particular chair. Charts cover furniture dimensions, cutting chart for shell/cushions/skirts, layout graphs for various fabric widths, yardage yield for bias, and shopping lists. The author even suggests photocopying these.

Additionally, the author writes as though she is speaking to you. The book reads as friendly rather than as a textbook. She encourages you and makes you feel that you will be successful.

Need more information about the author's skills? She writes for Threads, the penultimate sewing magazine IMO.

I may check out CPGS on occasion, but this is the book I will really use.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For experienced sewers only 8 July 2013
By Alli M. - Published on
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I think that the projects in this book are only "made easy" if you already have a thorough understanding of sewing techniques. For example, although zipper insertion is illustrated with photos, the presentation would be very difficult to follow if you did not have previous experience with inserting zippers. In other places, steps in various processes are assumed rather than explained fully. I am a fairly experienced sewer and am able to follow the instructions, but I think it would be challenging for a novice. Also, the styles displayed are largely outdated (at least in my world). All of that said, the photo illustrations in the book are helpful, and this book does cover a number of techniques that would be helpful for someone looking to slipcover traditional pieces of furniture.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource! 15 July 2015
By Shelly - Published on
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I used this book to make a tailored slipcover in denim for my camel backed sofa. Overall I think this was a great resource but being a novice there were some things that I wish the book had provided more guidance. I'm very happy with my completed project - I'd give it a B- if I were grading it but I believe it was an ambitious first project. What makes me most dissatisfied is the way the bottom edge wavers. I used a welted hem and would have preferred the edge to be stiffer (and flatter). More guidance in this area and in fitting the camel back would have been useful to me. What I really like were the appendices with charts and photos for measuring the furniture. There are also a layout graphs for 54" and 60" fabric which you are permitted to reproduce - these were very useful in planning the project. There is very detailed information on calculating yardage and layout. I would recommend this book to anyone that is considering making slipcovers. I've attached two photos of my completed project, one shows a denim circle quilt on the back.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Custom Slip Covers Made Easy 27 Feb. 2012
By AngelaC - Published on
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This book has step by step instructions and loads of great ideas and pictures on how to make and customize slip covers. Going through the entire book is fun but over whelming if you've never made slip covers. I think that is what happened to the previous owner of this book because it did not looked used when I received it.

All the "tools" you will need to make slip covers are listed in the book and the instructions are very clear and concise. If you follow the instructions step by step and have all the right "tools" straight pins, measuring tapes, ect it isn't that difficult. Everything has it's learning curve and once you've made your first pattern and slip cover the next one is much easier.

This book is not for beginners. You need to be an intermediate to advanced sewer.
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