DIY: Simple Sew Bench Slip Cover
May 12, 2009
I’m feeling a bit more like royalty today, since I found the perfect little bench for my master bathroom vanity. I snagged this little bench off Craiglist for $10 that had (allegedly) “never been used” by the owner. While the tots were resting, I whipped up some extra padding and a simple slipcover and voila – my little bench is now fit for a queen. Or at least the Queen of My Castle.
Before and After:
Here she sits in my master bath:
** Pay no attention to the missing glass in the upper cabinets. We just got the mirror to the double sink vanity a few months ago. This bathroom is a work in progress… going on year three. The master “shower” is currently being used as a storage closet. :-(
I had to cover that horrid fabric on the bench and add some padding, so I trimmed the foam, and used an old T-shirt for batting. Why pay $6 to $8 for batting when you’ve got an old T-shirt hanging around? I attached the foam to the seat with a staple gun.
A T-shirt works just as well as cotton batting on a small piece of furniture:
How To Make a Simple Sew Slip Cover for a Bench or Ottoman:
First, cut your top piece of fabric and leave an extra inch all around for the seam.
Next, cut four strips of fabric and pin them to your top piece.
Attach the four strips to your top piece of fabric with a simple seam.
Here’s what it looks like before you’ve sewn your corners together:
Once your four sides are attached, form the corners by pinching the fabric together, and pin the seam. Then use your sewing machine to sew the four sides together.
Here’s what it will look like when the four sides are attached, and your four corners are sewn together.
Next, trim the bottom of the sides in preparation for your final hem. Make sure the sides are even on all sides.
Hem the bottom, and you’re done !
Although I contemplated stapling the fabric to the bench, the nice thing about a slipcover is that I can throw it in the wash. After all, this is where I primp, and where my five year old and I sometimes play with makeup, and in all the amusement, lipstick accidents are bound to occur.
Have you slip covered anything in your home ?