Trying to fend off the inevitable purchase, an old couch with good bones gets a little help.

 

 

easy quick fix for a battered couch with upholstery fabric
The Victim. Years of allowing the dogs on the couch resulted in this…

 

easy quick fix for a battered couch with upholstery fabric

 

The upholstery fabric we were able to find at a 60% discount – whee! The total for 1 3/4 yard was $38.

 

easy quick fix for a battered couch with upholstery fabric

 

I used a closet rod that I purchased at a local DIY store for $2.77. They even custom cut it for us.
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easy quick fix for a battered couch with upholstery fabric

 

I made the pocket loose. Make sure to mark your allowance with chalk or pencil.

 

easy quick fix for a battered couch with upholstery fabric

 

The closet rod fits in the pocket just like curtain would.

 

easy quick fix for a battered couch with upholstery fabric, The end result

The end result.

 

This is so easy. I am not a seamstress; in fact, I barely know how to thread a sewing machine, but when this thought occurred to me, I knew I had to do it. I’m not a big fan of the overall couch slip, and the top part is fair to passable, so this was right up my alley.
All we did was measure the depth of the cushions, and the length of the sitting area we wanted covered. In order to avoid the annoying slippage of your average couch slip, we needed to have a decent anchor; hence, the curtain rod. Do not get anything less because your couch takes a daily beating, or at least mine does, and a little skimpy rod won’t hold up to the abuse.
As far as seam allowances, I tried to make them approximately 1″. You will need to buy a special needle and thread if you use upholstery fabric. I don’t know the particulars, I just got what was recommended by the store help!
Other than that, you’re on your own. Have fun!

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