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Custom-Fit Slipcovers: The Wingback Chair

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Give your furniture a facelift as you learn to drape, fit and sew custom slipcovers that will hug the unique humps and curves of your wingback chair!

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What You Get

  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including recipies
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Cherie Killilea
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Class Overview

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!

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Creating the Back Unit
4. The Inside Wings
5. The Arms
6. The Back, Deck & Apron
7. The Cushion

Taught by

Cherie Killilea
Cherie Killilea
Cherie Killilea has been sewing slipcovers and working with furniture for more than 16 years. She began sewing when she was just 6 years old, and started writing patterns in 2006 as a way to share her creativity with fellow enthusiasts. Today, Cherie is a renowned pattern designer and owner of StudioCherie, a website where she creates bags, accessories, clothing and slipcovers.

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