Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Easy Bench Slipcover Tutorial

Last Saturday, Megan and I had a craft day. We get so much done when we spend a whole day on projects. On my list, was a bench for the vintage pink vanity I shared last week.


This was super easy and here's a quick tutorial. I actually bought the bench last summer at a yard sale. It was rock solid, but covered with faded burgundy corduroy and filled with horse hair - vintage,
but kind of gross. And I really could have covered this bench long ago, but I always felt like she needed a purpose. Now I'm so glad I waited!


I painted the legs creamy white and added a layer of cushy foam.


Then I turned her upside down and added several layers of batting.


A staple gun is your friend on a project like this. Just staple away and trim the edges.


I wanted a simple slipcover, in a cute pink fabric of course.


The first step was to place the fabric over the bench with the right side facing down.


I marked my corners with straight pins, then removed the slipcover and drew a straight chalk line for each corner seam. Then I lined up my pins and tried it on again to be sure it fit properly.



Then I sewed a quick basting stitch on the sewing machine and tried it on one more time before I cut off my excess fabric. You know the old adage - measure twice, cut once.






I double stitched the seams and now all she needed was a hem. I just measured up 6 inches from the floor all the way around. I actually put the bench on the dining room table to make that part easier.


A hem all the way around and she was done!

Now my little vanity is complete.
I think they make the perfect pink pair!


Hmmm, I think she got a little wrinkled in transport, but I'll take care of that - the beauty of a slipcover!

I'm linking to...
freckled laundry

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24 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that looks awesome! i love the legs peeking out!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

ohhh, so cute! :)
great addition to the lovey vanity.

gail

NanaDiana said...

Quick and easy and ever-so-cute. xo Diana

Cathy said...

Great job! Love the pink.

Cathy's Cupboard Calamity<;)

Deanne said...

I love the fabric you used!

Cherry said...

very nice! Ive been looking for an insipiration for our black bench that's been sitting in one corner for a long time already and this tutorial hit it...thanks!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

What a beautiful job! I love the fabric that you chose, and it goes perfectly with your vanity. Megan

Twice Nice said...

Cute, cute fabric! And what a great idea to slipcover rather than make it permanent! Looks sweet with that vanity!

Anne said...

LOVE this transformation!! So easy too!
~~Beautiful~~
((Hugs))
Anne

Korrie Bastian said...

This is darling! Great combination.

Hetty said...

Absolutely darling!! Love the pink and great choice in fabric.

Ali Richardson said...

LOVE it!!! Thanks for the tutorial, you make it look so easy. I may have to give it a try :)

Red Gate Farm said...

I love your cute little bench... and I like that the slipcover is simple! I'm needing to get working on my own slip for a bench... perhaps this is the inspiration I need! :)

~Chris

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks for this tutorial on your beautiful bench slipcover. It turned out so pretty. Thanks so much for stopping by with your wonderful comment too!

Jody

{northern cottage} said...

what a wonderful share!!!! love the pink fun fabric and your tutorial is just wonderful! xo

Laurel Stephens said...

Your sweet little slipcover finishes the vanity off perfectly! Thanks for the tute!

Recipes We Love said...

Love the bench and pattern you chose for the fabric!

Petticoat Junktion said...

Sharon, I just love the stool. what a great idea! The fabric is perfect. Kathy

Meegan said...

Oh my goodness! The stool is SO adorable! Thanks for the tutorial. I am getting ready to make one for my ottoman, and this is perfect!
Meegan

Stacey said...

Featured you!
Stop by and see!
Stacey of Embracing Change

freckled laundry said...

Sharon! I was happy to see your link. Hope you're having a happy summer! The vanity and bench look great. I like that you didn't cary the cover all the way to the floor and let that girl show some leg. Thank you for linking with my textile party! xo Jami

Good Time Charlie said...

This so cute, the whole thing together. Thank you so much for sharing! I am featuring this later today at my party. Thank you!

Amy Sarah said...

Very nice! Another reason that I really should learn to sew.

Wilga said...

I love the pretty bench!