If you are a do-it-yourself type of person and you prefer to make your own items to match your interior design style, then you will enjoy this project. The cost of slipcovers can run almost as much as buying a new sectional sofa if you like luxury fabrics. In this project, you will learn how to make a slipcover for a sectional couch, and it will not cost you a fortune. Fabrics come in a variety of styles and colors. A wonderful choice is a stretch microfiber material. The fabric is easy to clean and stretches easily while you are fitting it over the sectional pieces.
Measure -- You can either choose to sew individual cushion covers for each piece if the cushions are detached or you can simply make one slipcover to go over the entire sectional piece. For this project, we will sew a slipcover for each sectional piece. Start by measuring the front, back and sides of your sectional including any ottomans to determine how much fabric you will need. Be sure to leave at least a 1-inch seam allowance around all edges of the fabric pieces once they are cut.
Cut -- After you have made your fabric selection and have measured the amount of fabric you will need, cut out the pieces. You will not need to use a pattern for this project. You will simply transfer your measurements onto the fabric and cut the pieces you will need. Remember to leave a 1-inch seam allowance on all fabric pieces. Place the pieces on the sectional and match them up with the sectional piece where they will be placed. It is best to sew individual slipcovers for each sectional piece so that the couch can still be moved around. You do not want to take away the reason you bought the sectional to begin with, which is the versatility of being able to move the individual pieces around your room.
Sew -- Removing one piece at a time from the sectional sofa, match and pin the pieces together with right sides together. Next sew a 5/8 inch seam to form the back and seat part of the slipcover. Hem the piece by folding the bottom edge under and sewing another 5/8 inch seam. When finished, fit the slipcover onto the sectional piece it was made for and move on to the next piece. Working in this fashion will allow you to stay organized and avoid mixing up your pieces of fabric.
After you have sewn all of your slipcover pieces and placed them back on the couch, you can tuck any loose fabric into the back of the piece and use the spiral upholstery pins to hold the fabric in place. This will result in a more fitted and custom look to your sectional couch cover.