A horse of a different color!

Well, technically, it’s a chaise lounge of a different color…

IMG_2295I personally think this chair is pretty wicked as-is. My friend Ashley, who is the actual owner of the chair agrees; however, it doesn’t match her current home decor.

She contacted me and requested that I “re-upholster” it for her. Being the Accidental Seamstress that I am, I suggested a slip cover might work out a little better, so we came to an arrangement…

Next thing I know, I have the chair and this amazing fabric she picked out:

Ashley always had good taste!

First thing’s first… I measured every “side” of the chair. Ashley already gave me measurements but… you can never be too careful.

IMG_2297I wrote the measurements on a post-it note and taped them to their respective “sides.”

Then, I measured out the material allowing for 1/2″ seam allowances (and a little extra room just in case…).

IMG_2302These were large pieces I had to cut, so I folded the material in halves or even thirds so I could cut it all perfectly straight. This took a good bit of time.

I pinned it to the chaise lounge to make sure I cut the pieces properly.

IMG_2303The curves were a little tricky; yet another reason to allow for more material. I simply trimmed the edges on a curve when I was content with the fit.

IMG_2301Then, I sewed them and ironed open the seams so they would lay flat on the cushion.

I double and triple checked my work by trying all the pieces on the couch right-side out as well

Lookin’ good! I’m kind of amazed with myself at this point; I’m not gonna lie.

I knew the longer part of the lounge chair would be the most difficult, which is why I did it last. It measured 46″ long but, again, I wanted to allow for error so I decided I would cut it 50″.  The bolt of the fabric Ashley gave me was 55″ long… I figured it’d just be easier to cut the fabric off the bolt itself, and then I could trim it.

IMG_2307The width or depth of the cushion was 26″ so I marked at 28″ with a fabric marker.

28″ 🙂


IMG_2312Again, I “evened” it out with my rotary mat and blade so all the edges would be a straight edge.

I put it on the cushion to verify the fit

IMG_2319I did the exact same thing with the side panels for the longer part of the chaise lounge.

When the pieces were cut, I began pinning.

pin, pin, pin…

Because this was all on the “curve” I cut notches to eliminate puckering

IMG_2324Run it under the needle…

IMG_2314Our Janome 8200 is the perfect tool for the task at hand 🙂

Needle in farthest left position + guiding fabric at right edge of foot = perfect 1/2″ seam allowance.

Iron seam open when finished

IMG_2318“Fit” on the cushion to double check your very hard work 🙂

Some of the edges didn’t quite fit right, so I used my seam ripper, repinned, and tried again under the needle.

I don’t mind telling you that on most of the corner pieces I had to do this a few times. I was kind of anticipating it, which is why I cut the pieces longer, and sewed the edges longer than the exact length of the pieces. You can always seam rip a few stitches more easily than add them back in, especially on a piece this large.

A perfect fit!

I found a staple gun and, with the help of my brother, went ahead and stapled the fabric for Ashley. Originally, I recommend she do that because I didn’t have access to one… but since I did, I did it for her 🙂

Brad was a big help with the staple gun!
We removed the legs to make this part a little better looking…

I trimmed the excess fabric hanging down (after it was stapled) and called it a day.

Technically, it took me 2 days but who’s counting?





My first commissioned piece of work. Hai.

I really wanted to blow Ashley off… but I have a hard time saying “No” to friends. Plus, I thought it would be a fun challenge.

As I got into it I feared I bit off more than I could chew… but once I found my rhythm, I couldn’t help but admire my hard work 🙂

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