Make a sofa cover with accurate measurements and plans. Choose the right quality fabric and essential tools. High-quality latex and velvet produce one of the best sofa covers. Utilize polyester and DIY methods to make colorful and appealing covers for your sofas.
How to Make Sofa Covers at Home?
Sofa covers are essential for safety and beauty. These are of various materials and are available in the ready-made form in the market.
Some people prefer to make them at home with their effort and choice of fabric. These are more reliable, but the process requires expertise.
You cannot make a sofa cover within a day, and it needs time of at least one to two weeks. The fabric determines the appearance of the sofa, so it is up to you.
- Sewing thread
- Sewing machine
- Measuring tape
- Chalks for pointing
- Non-permanent marker
- Leather cutting scissors
Make a sofa cover with cotton fabric
Cotton fabric is one of the most common materials when it comes to making a sofa cover at home. The staff is easy to handle and fantastic in appearance.
It has an adhesive quality, so it adjusts accordingly to the surface of the couch. The process of stitching a sofa cover with this material is somehow convenient as compared to all other materials.
These are also slipover covers and are easily washable. The stuff is a bit affordable than leather and latex, but the quality is also good.
There is no compromise on the stretching feature of the material, and the adjustment is easy and smooth.
Select the color of the fabric according to the choice and the color of other furniture inside the room. It should match the surrounding, or it becomes an odd one. The color must be strong enough so that the measuring point appears clearly.
Measure the sofa by using a measuring tape, and there is a proper method for calculating all the sides and seats. As it is not a smooth structure, and it requires accurate calculative values.
The fabric’s specific ranges for a standard couch are from eighty-one to one hundred and fifty-one cm.
The centimeters vary with the increasing size of your furniture, so the measurement is essential. The width is mostly forty-five to sixty inches for a standard casual sofa at home.
|Width in terms of cushions||Measurement|
|Two cushion sofa||Approximately 16 yards|
|Three cushions||18 to 19 yards|
|Six cushion||Use 20 two yards|
|A small sofa with two small cushions||13-14 yards|
|A small couch with four small cushions||17 yards|
Buy the stuff and shrink it right after bringing it home. Shrinking resolves the measurement issue.
Iron the cotton fabric because it has a great tendency to get lines and folds, and straight the whole material.
Make patterns on the cotton material by using the measuring tape and the colorful fabric chalks. Place points everywhere you need to do scissoring.
Make piping by using the sides of the fabric. Buy some extra stuff for making it.
Start cutting it by using sharp scissors. Move on the chalk points and following your guides carefully. Cut it into different sections and measuring parts.
Divide the arm sections and put them aside. The sections of the seats of the couch must contain appropriate parts so that they fit inaccurately without any stretching force.
Start sewing the cut pieces by using a hand sewing needle and thread. Sew the large portions by the sewing machines. Every line must contain clear and sharp edges.
Settle the fabric all over the sofa and pull it towards you. Put some pins and hold it to its place temporally.
Remove the cover from the couch and starts sewing the entire portion permanently. Remove pins one by one and adjust the seat covers with the back portion.
At the end joint, the arm covers with a single sewing line. Take the first test by covering the sofa with this fine cotton twill fabric.
It is a slipover cover, so it is easily removable anytime you want. Press it once again before installing it.
Make sofa covers with leather
Leather is a difficult material to work with at home. It is hard to handle, and the cutting is frustrating.
The sewing of the fabric by the home machine is annoying. Few people have the expertise, and they make leather slipover covers for their sofas.
It is for decorating the couch with the new leather and protecting it from stains and dirt.
Select the leather from a good shop, it must be good in quality, but it must not be hard. Choose the color according to your choice or by the other furniture.
Measure the whole sofa seat by seat and then measure the backside area. There is no need to shrink when you are using leather to make a cover.
Leather is a strong material, and water has no specific effect on it. It flows all over the surface, which is why the washing and cleaning of leather are easy.
Put points of the measurement by using a non-permanent marker. Fabric chalk does not work accurately on the leather.
Cutting of leather is a tricky thing, it is hard, and home scissors are not so strong.
Take leather cutting scissors and then start cutting. Separate every portion and put them aside individually.
Sew every portion one by one, and there is no need to join them. The seats have their separate cover, and arms are different.
The backside installs separately on the couch as leather has the best fitting feature. Complete the process of sewing and cover the couch one by one by removing the foam seats.
Install the whole leather cover and put some pins at the bottom area so that it should not move from its place.
Sit on the sofa and drag the cover to check the proper adjustment.
Procedure to make sofa cover with latex
Latex material is slippery and water-resistant; it is a choice for houses that have kids. Making a couch cover of latex at home is a tricky process. It has more starching power than other materials.
Choosing a color is very important because it has various shades, and it changes color with light. Shrinking is not an option in such covers, and they are slipovers naturally.
The whole cover is adjacent to each other. These are available for those couches which have no separation of seats.
The cushions are not separate, and there is a flow in the whole furniture. Measure all the areas and cut them into sections. Few people prefer to give a shape to the slippery fabric.
Sew it in that particular shape. There is no need to join sections by cutting and putting them together.
The arms of this stuff are not separate, and they are in the flow of it. Use it for small sofas with a smooth internal surface.
Install it on the couch and test it for the slippery effect. Push the corners and sides in the holes of the couch.
Make a sofa cover with velvet
Velvet is one of the most demanding and beautiful stuff for making couch slipover covers. The material is fancy, and it is heavy on the budget.
The fabric is strong in its texture, but it is smooth in touch. The velvet for sofa covers is available in all colors.
Mostly the colors are fancy and casual, but few of them have patterns and designs on them. The rate varies with the shapes and features of the velvet.
People use velvet for their enormous range of designs for covers. The backside portion also contains the patterns and grooves.
Choose velvet cloth in a bright color, it gives an appearance to the couch, and it has fewer chances of getting dirty in meanwhile.
Measure the couch, and then buy one to two yards extra. Put marks according to the design and range of the arm sides and cushion seats.
Cut the fabric slowly and always leave the margin on the sides for sewing and stretching.
Sew all the seat covers individually; the design must have enough velvet to settle inside the holes and sides.
It should look like the design of the sofa does not add extra velvet because it gets bulky. It changes the appearance and makes it uncomfortable for users.
Push the velvet by hands in the inner areas and apply nails and pins on the bottom.
Add pins on the difficult sections and remove them whenever you want to remove the cover from the couch.
Make velvet flowers and sews them with a hand needle and thread all over the back cushions. It makes it more appealing and comfortable at the same time.
Can you make a sofa cover with polyester?
These covers are friendly for the human skin, and they are free from allergens. They have good stretching quality, and that is why the removal is easy.
They are prior for dye, and it is an advantage because polyester comes in white color that is not suitable for home furniture.
These are easy to clean, durable in nature, and soft in touch. They are water-resistant and pure in stuff. People make these covers at home by buying polyester and fabric.
Polyester does not make the cover alone, and there is the blending of other materials like spandex in it.
Make sure there is no pilling on polyester when you buy it. Do not dump it into the water because it is already resilient to water.
Measuring is usually from one arm to another arm. The distance between determines the length of the cover. The middle portion provides the central cover.
The standard dimensions for such covers are 14 x 12 x 4 inches. The 14 is the length, and the 12 is the width of the fabric. Every 4 inches determines the arm area.
Cut the polyester in these dimensions and sew them to block the edges. Bend it to the opposite side and join all the sections properly. Make sure there is no groove, and iron the seat of the sofa.
Slip them all over the surface and remove them at the time of need. Use a dye to change the color of the fabric. It is your choice either you want to dye the unstitch fabric or the complete cover.
Can you use sheets to make sofa covers?
It is an expensive method to make sofa covers. They are durable and best in quality, but the material is stretchy.
They are comfortable and smooth. The process is a little tricky and time-consuming. It is like faking the look of a slipover cover.
The color of sheets must comprise the same color as all other furniture, and it makes it more attractive. Measure the sofa from the upper and bottom sides.
Buy the sheets in dual form, and one sheet is not enough. The up and down part is of the same size. The sheet for the arms is another portion.
It is your choice either you want to cover the backside; mostly people leave this area and settle the sofa with the wall which hides it completely.
The measuring and cutting of the section go from the bottom to the cushions and then the upper area. It is like covering a book in general.
Straight a sheet at the length of the sofa, and it must touch the ground. It determines the size of the cover from both sides (in case the couch is the same in design from both sides).
It is the wrapping portion, slip the fabric to the arm and move it to the inner area. Tilt it in the slide and point it with chalk.
Leave two to three inches of fabric, and start cutting from the side, and cut the upper area in a straight line by leaving the portion. Bend the edges and add some pins inside it hold the cover.
Push it inside the seat cushion and leave it that way, make an envelope of fabric and tuck up the excess area.
Cover the leftover fabric to heal the edges. Cover the seat cushion on the backside and tuck the fabric to prominent the design.
It should be flat and smooth, and the finished look should appear smooth. Add some colorful pillows to make the cover more attractive.
Sewing the cover makes it more convenient anytime to remove, wash, and then reinstall all over the sofa.