How to Make a Futon Slip-cover

Purchased Supplies

  • Upholstery Fabric
  • Sewing Scissors
  • Fabric Pencil
  • Matching Thread
  • Metal Yard Stick
  • Straight Pins

Budget: approx. $200

Other Supplies

  • Sewing Machine
  • Old Sheets
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board

Helpful Resources

  • Denver Fabrics Website: Making Slipcovers – This was helpful in planning. It also provides information about determining how much fabric you will need.
  • Country Home – This was also very helpful in giving detailed instructions for making a slipcover for virtually any piece of furniture.

How To:

I am by no means an expert at design or sewing so the following are some very rough steps. Being that my futon was IKEA (meaning the measurements and design are very different from most other furniture) your steps and slipcover will more than likely be at least a little different.

  1. Before buying the fabric, I followed the steps provided by Denver Fabrics. I measured my futon and converted the measurements to graph paper. I cut out each piece and organized them together to determine the fabric yardage I would need to purchase.
  2. Being that upholstery fabric isn’t cheap, I decided to make a ‘practice slipcover’ out of old sheets first. Before measuring or cutting the sheets, or any fabric, it is important to iron the fabric so that your measurements and cuts are as accurate as possible.
  3. While making both my ‘practice slipcover’ and the final product I would lay the pieces on the futon and pin them together before sewing. I found this to be the easiest approach for me and it ensured a close fit in the end.


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