I've never worked with a piece of fabric this large before. It took me forever just to unwrap it from the bolt!
So rule number one is always wash your fabric first. You wouldn't want your slipcover skrinking once you had already sewed it together! When I slipcovered my chair I just estimated and cut my 10 yards of fabric into several big chunks that would fit in my washing machine. Afterwards, I wasn't really happy with the result. I felt like it was an inefficient use of my fabric and I had a lot of waste.
So this time I have decided to make all my cuts first (leaving room for a little shrinkage, of course) and then wash it.
First I cut about and 1 to 1-1/2 inches of the entire length of my fabric. This strip will be for my piping.
I really didn't want to measure and mark 1-1/2" for the whole 15 yard strip. So I just "eyeballed" it as I went. You can see in the picture below that every couple of feet I would hold up the beginning of my fabric strip to the piece I was cutting to make sure I was still cutting the right width.
Have you ever tried to take a picture with your left hand while you are cutting with scissors in your right hand? It's not as easy as it looks.
Then I did the same for my skirt, except it was about an 8" wide strip. I plan on cutting the rest of my pieces with pinking shears (I just bought a pair yesterday). That should help cut down on the fraying when I wash my pieces.
All this cutting got me excited for this project so I decided to go ahead and pin my skirt on the couch just to get an idea of how it was going to look.
I'm going to do a box pleat on each corner of my skirt. I am so excited to see how this comes together.
It's going to be sooo much better than the current, ugly, brownish couch!
Hope you all are having a wonderful Memorial Day!
More slipcover progress coming soon.....