Friday, August 27, 2010

How to Slipcover DVD

My "How to Slipcover Video" walks you through the basics of slipcovering and will give you the skills to slipcover just about anything. I teach you to make a slipcover by pinning it on inside out. I was self taught and learned through trial and error over the past 11 years... with the DVD you can learn without going through the heartache and wasted time that I went through. I am now fast at what I do, and with practice you can be too.The DVD is $45 dollars. Click below to purchase.

Outline of DVD
1. pin up fabric wrong side out
2. sew piping
3. pin fit
4. Mark skirt height
5. Trim for zipper
6. unpin back corner and remove slipcover
Sewing Main Body
1. sew main body (inside arm, front of arm, back seam, zipper)
2. serge
3. cut off excess at skirt
1. cut skirt pieces
2. cut out cushion (top/bottom, band, skinny pieces)
Sewing Skirt
1. hem skirt
2. sew skirt to main body
Sewing cushion
1. lapped zipper
2. attatch band to zipper piece
3. sew top on
4. sew bottom on
1. Put slipcover on

I do accept international orders too (UK, Australia, Canada, etc). Same price for shipping. Just click below and order.

If you want to check out my regular slipcover blog click here to see some before and after pictures of my work.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

"How to Slipcover" Video Testimonials

So my first batch of "how to slipcover" videos were mailed about 2 weeks ago, and I have gotten some emails and pictures back from some of you, that I hope you don't mind if I share. I am so happy that you loved it, and that some of you are starting your own businesses.

Got my Slipcovers by Shelley DVD and have watched the entire video a couple times. I just have to say: Girl, you R-O-C-K rock!! I'm an intermediate-level sewer and have a sofa that needs a slipcover. I've been putting it off because it is a big project to tackle for my first slip cover, and I was looking for those tips of the trade that are so hard to find in how-to books. Well you certainly provided all the shortcuts and tips! I was able to easily follow your train of thought and understand the steps as you showed them. You make it look so easy! I can't wait to jump in and start cutting and sewing. I've got some other projects in mind as well and I'm so excited about my new-found knowledge. I'm sure I'll be slip covering everything that isn't nailed down in no time! Thank you so much for making this video and for sharing your knowledge and talent with the rest of us!! It was worth every penny.
- Trish in Minneapolis

Morning Shelley,
I just tackled my first Wingback!!!! I love the results..thanks for your DVD!!
janet xox
I'm addicted ;->

Shelly I just wanted to tell you that your DVD was better then I hoped it would be. I mean it is really, really good!! Outstanding! It has me so excited!
I love a smart talented girl.
I wish for you all the success you desire, you deserve it...its that great! Tavia

This is Christiana. I just wanted to say hey. I can't tell you how helpful your video and sources have been in getting my business going. I'm pretty happy with how things are going....have a long way to go though! And I LOVE stopping by your website from time to time to get inspired again when I am feeling discouraged, it always motivates me to keep on going when I am thinking what in the world am I doing?!?
Hope you and your family had a great Christmas.
Thanks so much for everything!


I have to tell you, my hopes were pretty high when I ordered your DVD. I've just a marginal hobbiest, but for some reason I was really believing your DVD would answer all my questions. And, guess what??


I loved your presentation, your thorough instructions and tips; I even appreciated your music selection. Your simple style and straight-forward approach really make me believe I can sew one of these dang things! I felt like you were just my neighbor and you were helping me with a project.

Now, I can't wait to get my Bernina tooned-up, find some fabric and some time and tackle my crazy sectional!

Thanks so much!

Hi Shelley:
Just wanted to let you know that I have viewed your video 4 times. It is one of the best videos that I have seen to date. Luv it. I've been making slipcovers for about 14 years. Whenever I hear of a video that is out I get it. I 've tried many different techniques and look forward to learning something new. I generally do the the pin the welt in as you go. However, I did learn some things from you that I never considered. Looking forward to implementing them in future projects.

Great Video! Combines several steps, fitting piping technique is the best I have ever seen. Actually, lots of great techniques taught. I don't know how it could be made any easier. Well done!!

Hi Shelley,
I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that I received your DVD in the mail today. I couldn't wait to sit down & watch it! I ripped the package open & went & watched it on my computer. You did a FABULOUS job!! YOU ROCK!! You made it look soooo easy (which I know it isn't). I can't wait to get started on something.

Thank you again for creating such a wonderful easy video to follow along with.

Well Shelley.....guess how I am ringing in the new year? With your DVD! You are adorable....and holy cow! FAST! I can't belive how fast you can whip that out. I took a couple semesters of upholstery and we used Juki machines. I had forgotten how awesome they were! Anyhow, loved the DVD. I have a phobia of zippers, I hate using them, but you made putting one in look really easy. I might even attempt it now. I'll be watching how you do it several more times before I try.
Happy New Year to you. So happy to meet you!

Got my superduper secret first off the press dvd. And I am here to tell you, it was wonderful. So fun to watch you and check out the many great tips. I love the way that you sew your slipcovers and the ease in which you sew them and explain. You made me feel like "chilling out" about the whole process! Anyone that wants to learn to slipcover or learn new techniques needs to get this DVD!!!
Keep it up girl.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

How it all started

Our wedding

When I got married 13 years ago I inherited an ugly couch, and as a new wife I was determined to make my little dated apartment "cute". I went out and bought fabric and a pattern for a slipcover. To my dissapointment the fit was horrible and the tuck-in and ties were awful, so I bought more fabric and made the cushions as separate pieces that sat on top of the main body slipcover. I still hated it.

Our house being built

A year later we built our first house, so I headed to the local thrift store and picked up a chair, that I was determined to make a better slipcover for. I had looked at a few pamphlets and books at the fabric store, and thought I had figured out how to make a "custom slipcover".

Ugly chair that I picked up at the local thrift store. Soon I learned this chair didn't have really good lines. I now would never choose the fluffy back thing.

My first custom slipcover. My recommendation..don't choose a stripe or plaid for your first slipcover.

My friends and family loved it and started asking me to slipcover their furniture. In the mean time we got pregnant with our first child, and I told my husband when we had babies I would stay home and make slipcovers...he laughed. I had my first "real" client when my baby was 3 months old. I think he forgot how determined and focused I can be when I want something. He has become wiser over the past 13 years.

I still ended up having to go back to work part time as an assistant manager at Bath and Body Works when my baby was 7 weeks old to pay the bills. I did about one to two slipcovers a month during this period for clients. By the time my baby turned a year old, my business had grown enough for me to stay home and sew. So I took a leap of faith and quit my job.
I had a display chair in a few shops (Joanns and Addie Landons) and cards up at the fabric store, and the rest of my business came from word of mouth. All my clients are now from word of mouth, I haven't had a chair in a store for about 6 years.

My family picture from Christmas last sister is a photographer. You can check out her blog at

I now have two ladies that help me sew to keep up with my growing business. I try to keep my work schedule to 2-3 days a week, because I now have 3 children. So I have my "mom" days and my "work" days. My husband is a fireman and has 4 days off in a row, so he watches the kids on my "work" days.

I have lots of designer clients, and regular repeat clients. With having the extra income I was determined to put it to good use and get out of debt. So slowly over the past 10 years I've paid off the basement, the cars, and the house...yep the house!!! Now I am working on paying off the cabin we just bought. Remember how focused I said I was? My friends think I am crazy. I might be a little bit, but I like to call it "determined" not crazy.

So if you want to learn to make slipcovers to redecorate on a budget or you want to make some extra money...learning the art of slipcovering is an invaluable tool and skill. If you love fabric and decorating and have some sewing skills you will become obsessed with the possibilites of what you can do with an ugly piece of furniture. You will become a regular at the local thrift store and craigslist.

My "How to Slipcover Video" walks you through the basics of slipcovering and will give you the skills to slipcover just about anything. I teach you to make a slipcover by pinning it on inside out. I was self taught and learned through trial and error over the past 11 years... with the DVD you can learn without going through the heartache and wasted time that I went through. I am now fast at what I do, and with practice you can be too.