Tub Chair Slipcovers

About 2-3 years ago, as part of the ongoing effort to adult-ize our furniture situation we got a pair of inexpensive Tullsta armchairs from IKEA during a sale:

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I chose this one specifically because you can buy different coloured, fitted slipcovers for it. Not that I wanted to use the IKEA slipcovers, but getting one and picking it apart gave me a ready-made pattern to make my own.

I bought fabric and even cut the slipcovers out shortly thereafter.

And then it all sat in a bag until this past spring. I had been meaning to make them up numerous times, but never had anything I quite liked enough for piping – which I knew I really wanted to do. However, this past spring I realized I finally had just the thing – the leftover fabric from making the piping for my loveseat slipcover!

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We were also having a houseguest for a weekend in…..was it May? and that made it seem like the perfect time to finally get these done. Here’s the result:

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The most serendipitous part of this is that the fabric colour – chosen 3 or so years ago for a completely different room – works really well with the colouring of our current sitting room/parlour/drawing room (seriously, I’m convinced this rooms was used as an actual “withdrawing room” in the evenings back when the house was built in 1908; there are pocket doors in the doorway behind the chairs in the above photo).

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A couple details:

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There’s a zipper in that piped vertical seam

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And I decided to finish the bottom edges with elastic so they’d hug the bottoms of the chairs. I really didn’t feel like making a skirt-type-thing.

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I also made contrast/co-ordinating cushion covers that I just love! The below photo is of the back of one of them – I spent a ridiculous amount of time working out the pattern matching of the side of the cushion you don’t see. Everyone has their little OCD quirks, right??

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What’s kinda funny is the we’ve since got another loveseat-type-piece that’s actually now where the chairs were – and it’s in a print that’s similar to the cushion covers!

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Do you do home décor sewing or are you all about the clothes?

8 thoughts on “Tub Chair Slipcovers

  1. Marvellous!! Just unpicking old covers to create a template for cushions for a wicker outdoor setting. Perfect post with spooky perfect timing:)
    PS Totally different topic but thought you might adore this piece. It describes an eccentric american Dennis Severs who rescued a Georgian house and his legacy lies on today in this house which is a museum.

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    • Thanks for sharing these videos! I’d heard about this house – and actually passed by it once while in London for several months in 2012/13 – and kind of wanted to check it out, but didn’t understand how it worked or how to actually get into it, lol. It’s a bit of an odd idea but quite an interesting one! Perhaps I’ll try harder to see it when I’m next in London (whenever that is!). Thanks again!

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  2. It’s fun to see other people’s home dec projects! The slip covers look great and are a lovely color. I can totally relate to the OCD pattern matching where no one can see it…🙂

    Best,
    Quinn

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  3. I do home dec under duress, and it surely shows. I do lovely pillows (with piping and that pattern matching across the button-back) for my sister, but officially no, I’d prefer not to. I had a pal whose mother was the JC Penney’s curtain lady for years, and she didn’t sew a damn thing for anyone she didn’t get paid for (including her children). She had some hair raising work stories that made me realize that is a job I never want. Sewing wedding dresses would be easier.

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    • Oh lord, yes, having been in the wedding dress business in the past and also more tangentially involved with home dec sewing I can just imagine! I only *very* occasionally do *any* sewing for other people (I’m an unabashedly selfish sewist!), home décor included.

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    • That it works absolutely is the main thing, well done! I’ve usually done pin-fitting for slipcovers myself, not that I’ve done so very many of them in the past. It is quite handy having a pattern, though, so that I can make more in the future. My goal is to eventually have a set for each season! (Whether that actually ever materializes is a whole other story, lol).

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