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with Cherie Killilea
Online Class

Custom-Fit Slipcovers: The Wingback Chair

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Are you at a loss for what to do with that old wingback chair? Don’t throw it out; bring it back in style! Join designer Cherie Killilea to go beyond basic slipcovering, and learn how to make a slipcover for a wingback chair. Find out how to prep your chair, adding padding for revival both inside and out. Then, get tips for accurately measuring and estimating yardage as you draft simple pattern pieces for a custom fit. You’ll install invisible zippers, use a continuous bias method to create your welt cord and learn how to effectively drape and pin your pieces, trying your fit on for size before sewing. Cherie will show you how to handle every hump and curve your chair throws your way, ending by revealing how to take the tedium out of creating your T-cushion. Get the skills you need to give your one-of-a-kind furniture a much-needed makeover!


  • advanced
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h54m

Included in this Class

1. Preparing the Chair for Slipcovering

1. Preparing the Chair for Slipcovering

Meet your instructor, sewing maven and pattern writer Cherie Killilea. Cherie kicks off the class with a fun introduction to the basics of creating a slipcover, starting with ways to assess your chair and how to apply her methods to the unique furniture in your home. Add extra batting where it's needed, repair damage like rips and lumps, and select the fabric that will be the best equipped to bring your chair back to life.

2. Creating Patterns & Measuring

2. Creating Patterns & Measuring

Learn how to draft your own pattern pieces, and how to determine which areas of your chair will need patterns. Discover the best ways to measure tricky spots like bumps, corners and extra-full padding so you can make an educated yardage estimate. Next, trace your pattern pieces using Cherie's helpful tips, and label them to make cutting and sewing as easy and efficient as possible.

3. Creating the Back Unit

3. Creating the Back Unit

Begin the construction process by creating the back unit of your slipcover. If your chair tapers in the back, Cheri shows you how to install an invisible zipper (or two) that will keep the slipcover on snugly. Next, learn the best ways to measure and attach a beautiful welt cord that will make your slipcover look like professional upholstery.