Having the right tools and supplies for making a slipcover is very important. There is nothing more frustrating than starting a project and not having the right supplies. We just recently returned from the Slipcover Summit in Pittsburgh,PA and it was amazing how many different tools the ladies were using. This made me wonder about how many sewers are trying to slipcover their first piece of furniture this summer and are frustrated about reaching the finishing point.
There are so many different methods to learn and so many different tools of preference, I thought I would share my favorite tools that make slipcovering a breeze. It’s always good to have some of the basics around like a yard stick and a tape measure but I have found the 16 Inch Folding Ruler to be a life saver especially when adding the skirt to the slipcover. When it comes to marking the skirt I always use the Chaco Liner Pen by Clover, it has rolling teeth that disperses the colored chalk with a very fine line and the chalk will dust off when finished.
Next would be the Magnetic Pin Bowl and T Pins, the bowl set on the chair arms and along the ridge on the back of the chair. If by chance you drop your T Pins you can always skim the bowl over the floor and pick up all of the pins at once. I think the most important items I could not work without are Cellulose Washable Welt Cord and the Bias Cutting Method. Can you imagine cutting 18″ of fabric into 18 yards of welt cord for your slipcover. The very last thing (well 2 things) the Slipcover Like a Pro DVD, I actually wore the first one out watching and learning how to make a fast tight fitting slipcover.
Yes, my Kai Scissors … the 7280’s are the best for cutting home decor fabrics, they are sharp and stay that way for years as long as you take care of them.
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