How much fabric do I need to make a slipcover?
Basic Measurements How much fabric is needed for a slipcover depends, of course, on the size and shape of the piece of furniture being covered. However, the appropriate fabric dimensions also depend heavily on the style of slipcover being sewn. For instance, a slipcover design for a chair may include several gathered portions below the seat, which might double the amount of fabric needed in that area (depending on the size and frequency of the gathers). As a general rule, the amount of fabric needed for a simple slipcover will be equal to the surface area measurements of the top and sides of the furniture item, plus an extension of about one inch per pattern piece side, for the sake of seams. Always measure your furniture’s dimensions using a dressmaker’s tape measure in order to accurately account for the curves and cushions. Making a Mock-Up One excellent way to determine how much fabric your slipcover will require is to make a mock-up cover using scraps. To do this, simply use newsp