It is no secret that I have a thing for blue velvet sofas. I have been drooling over them for a while now but guess what? I finally got my own, well sort of…
My blue velvet sofa is actually an Ikea Hack!
Here is what I started with, my 8-year-old mid-century style sofa with brown tweed upholstery. I love the straight lines of this sofa but what was I thinking buying a brown sofa? Oh yeah, that was 8 years ago when I had small children with grubby hands… Now I have big children with grubby hand but at least they understand when I say not to eat on the sofa. (If only I could get them to listen.)
I have thought of slip-covering this sofa for a while. Originally I considered a white duck fabric but after living with it on my office chair I realized it was probably not a good idea. I wear dark wash jeans almost everyday and the seat of my desk chair constantly has to be cleaned due to the dye from my jeans rubbing off. I figured a white slipcover on my sofa would have one blue cushion on my favorite sitting spot, and there’s the grubby hand issue.
So what color hides blue? Oh wait, blue….
After hemming a pair Ikea SANELA curtains for a client I had a bit of fabric left over, and I got the idea that this pretty blue velvety fabric might just work on my sofa. I ran a piece of scrap through the washing machine and was pleasantly surprised to find it washed beautifully. I’m sure your thinking why didn’t I just buy velvet fabric? Well, nice velvet is very expensive and the inexpensive options usually have a shine to them that just looks cheap. Also the nicer silk and cotton velvet (velveteen), needs to be dry cleaned. These curtains were machine washable, exactly what I needed for when the grubby hands don’t listen.
So my blue velvet sofa is actually a slipcover made from inexpensive SANELA curtains in dark turquoise. They cost only $70 for two 55″x 118″panels, minus the grommet tops one pack gives you over six yards of beautiful velvety fabric. For my slipcover I used four panels (two packages) and had quite a bit of fabric left over.
When I started working with the fabric I also noticed that it has a bit of stretch to it, perfect for the tight-fitting slipcover I was looking to make.
This is not a slipcover sewing tutorial but I will give you a few personal pointers if you are considering sewing our own but have never sewn a slipcover before.
1. When fitting your slipcover, pin you fabric on the sofa inside out ( I like a tight upholstered look so I pin mine tightly.) Once pinned remove the slipcover and sew right along the pin line, removing the pins as you go. I do this in sections and keep adding on, usually taking the slipcover on and off several times as I sew.
2. Since I was using curtains I tried to take advantage of the hemmed edges. I ran the finished edges of the curtains along the bottom of the sofa it saved me the step of hemming the slipcover at the end.
3. If you want to take an extra step towards an upholstered look, add a strip of Velcro along the bottom edge of you sofa and slipcover so you can tuck the edges under for a tight fit.
4. This last tip is specifically for sewing velvet. Watch that you keep the direction of the velvet going in the same way whenever possible. Velvet will look dark in one direction and lighter in another. If you are not careful you may have one cushion looking like it is a different color than the rest.
The end results look like this…
After a days work and $140 investment in fabric, I have my very own blue velvet sofa.
Ad few new pillow covers and I have a whole new look.
I’d say my Ikea Hack blue velvet sofa is a complete success!