How to Make Sofa Cover – Tips from Experts
A cover for the sofa is a great idea to give a new life to your image, and vital to wear of the original upholstery and renew the style of the room. Although today we can find in many stores different models of covers with measures that fit the dimensions of our sofa, but in some cases the search for a version that satisfies us in terms of size, design, color and quality of the fabric It can be an exhausting task and possibly the options found do not fully cover our expectations.
Therefore, if we have the time and the disposition to make a case at home according to our. We can do tastes and preferences with just a little planning, following some instructions and using basic sewing materials. Here we describe the basic steps to make a custom cover for your sofa:
STEP 1: Choose the type of fabric with which you will make the cover for your Sofa:
The first thing you should consider for this project is the type of fabric you will use, and to choose it, keep in mind that the quality of the fabric is crucial to guarantee a long life of the cover and good protection of the sofa. In general, the special synthetic fabrics for upholstery will be the best alternative, so a unicoloured or printed microfiber fabric for sofa will be a good choice, also options such as chenille and canvas, are easy to work with and very durable.
If it is your first sewing job, avoid choosing any satin fabric, very silky, soft or delicate that can be very difficult to manipulate, cut and sew, as it will be very complicated to make a neat sleeve with these textiles.
STEP 2: Prepare the sewing material to make the cover:
Verify that you have everything you need to carry out your project:
A suitable fabric, Threads in the tones that correspond with the fabric, Needles of different sizes, Pins, Safety pins, Chalk to mark, Bond, Kraft or Packaging paper,
In addition, you will need obvious elements such as: Tape measure, Scissors, Iron and sewing machine.
STEP 3: Wash and iron the fabric that will cover your sofa:
Once the fabric is chosen we will proceed to wash and iron completely, in this way we make sure that we will have it very impious, soft and with an easy texture to handle during the realization of the cover. In addition, we will eliminate any wrinkles or bends that could produce an error during the cutting of the pieces.
STEP 4: Take the measurements of the sofa:
Using the tape measure we will take note of the measurements of the sofa in its different sections, we must draw a pattern for each part, as we will use it to cut each of the pieces that will make up the cover. We will first measure the length and width of the backrest, along with where it meets the seat to the back of the backrest, taking into account where we want the cover to cover, which can be half of the front if our sofa will be against a wall. For the width, we will measure the space between the armrests, and from one side to the other of the piece of furniture.
Then we will measure the part of the seats along, from the beginning of the cushion to the lower edge that reaches the floor, and the width between the armrests, observing if there is any variation according to the model of the sofa.
For the armrests, we will take a full measure from the inside to the bottom edge on the outside, and another measure to point the height and width of the front of the sofa arm.
STEP 5: Draw the patterns for the sleeve:
With the measures pointed and using a few sheets of Kraft paper or an old sheet, we can draw the patterns of each piece; freehand on paper or placing it on the sofa and drawing a sketch to then correct with the exact measurements. We will need a pattern for the back section, another for the seat part, one for the armrest, and another for the front part of the arm. If we use an old cloth it will be much easier to place it on the furniture and mark it with chalk, and then perfect it with the measurements taken.
STEP 6: Cut and paste the parts:
Having each piece drawn on paper or marked on an old cloth, we will carefully cut each part and put it on the back of the fabric that we chose for the cover, we will fix the pattern to the fabric by applying pins very close to the edge of the pattern, for which we must put the cloth on a wide table that allows us to work it in all its extension, or also on the floor, making sure it is very clean.
With the pattern on the fabric we proceed to cut taking into account that we must leave an edge of 2 to 2.5 cm beyond the edge of the piece of paper, with this edge we will make a fold and while still maintaining the pattern on the fabric we can iron it, in this way will serve as a guide when sewing and joining the parties . We will make the first basting by hand, joining the pieces, the part that corresponds to the backrest with that of the seats; the armrest piece with its front part; and finally the pieces of the arms to the body of the sofa to have a complete cover.
STEP 7: Check the fit of the cover
With all the joined sections we will do an adjustment test placing the cover carefully on the sofa, if we notice that we have some extra or missing some area, it is time to correct removing the thread with the Scraper and adjusting with pins to then return to baste
STEP 8: Sew the sections on the machine:
Once adjusted the cover to the dimensions of the sofa we can give the final seam with the sewing machine. In addition to joining the parts very well, we must fold and iron all the edges and then close them with a seam and leave them with a more professional appearance.
STEP 9: Test the finished case:
Once the sewing of the entire cover is finished we can place and test our cover, which will surely be the first of many others that we will encourage when we want to renew the look of the sofa and change the decoration of the living room.
General tips to create your sofa cover:
If this is the first time you make your sofa cover, choose to work with unicolored fabrics, as prints can become complicated when joining the pieces.
Before starting the project, take note of the measurements of the sofa so that you have an idea of the amount of fabric you need, generally estimated to be about 13 m for a two-seater sofa, and about 17 m for three-seaters.
Save the patterns of the pieces to make your next case quickly and easily.