No Sew Slip-Cover

I picked up two, sweet, antique chairs from a local Salvation Army.

I couldn’t bear to paint them. Their age…patina….and wood grain……it was love at first sight.

But I needed to lighten them up. Bring them into “today” for re-sale.

So I decided a slip cover would be a great option.

But…I didn’t want the cover to hide some of their precious features.

Like their unique spindles and backs……

AND...I didn’t want to pay to have the covers done…..BUT…. I can’t sew….

So, I decided to see what I could come up without. sewing. a. stitch.

For real.

Ok……before I show you.


I didn’t want the standard cover…..I wanted to highlight the features I loved on these chairs.

I wanted to give them a neat, tidy, crisp, look…… not ruffly.

A chair that would be at home in a white, beach, cottage….. a traditional style home….or a rustic farmhouse.

I’m nervous…..

Are you ready?

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I toyed with the length and this “mid calf” version,  this length really gave it more of the look I wanted.

Is it growing on you yet?

I wanted a true, slip, cover. It’s little “straps” embrace the spindles…..look how the spindles are in sets of two. I just love them.

I’m “wood weird”…aren’t I?

Just so you know…this is my favorite color of wood.

Favorite patina.

Want to see some details that may have you scratching your head and thinking….”how did she do that without sewing?”

Are you scratching your head?
Have it all figured out?

I bet it’s both.

I know this style is different.

But I wanted different.

AND guess what?

Tonight…..I tested the CL market.


Apparently, I’m not the only one who likes it…”different”. I finally pulled the ad after getting a “slew” of emails.

For real. They liked it.

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It’s crooked. I can fix that.

Want to see the “NO sew” edging…piping…or whatever you call it?

I still have to make the other chairs “half”-slip-cover and plan to do it a little differently.
Maybe even a little color….I’m not sure.

I had no clue what I was going to do with this cover when I started…it just evolved into this and it only took about an hour.

But I think it accomplished what I wanted.

I also am not “hating” on sewing….



If you can’t sew….

And you want to take what I did and design a cover that fits your style.

I can tell you how I did mine.


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A new life…for an old piece.

Without changing a thing that made it beautiful in the first place.

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Watcha’ think?

Want to know how?

Let me hear from you!


Here is the updated link to the tutorial!

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0 thoughts on “No Sew Slip-Cover

  • October 8, 2011 at 11:22 am

    i’ve been thinking of making a no sew slipcover for an ottoman.  would love to see how you did this!

  • October 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    No sew?  Sign me up!

  • October 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I love the sets of two on the spindles as well.  The little tabs that go through to hold the cover on work perfectly with that.:)

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  • October 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Wow, people like your stuff! Congrats on finding the chairs and then finding a way to show them off without even sewing! Genius.

  • October 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I like them….but they did have to grow on me!!  🙂  That is a really creative way to keep the wood but not have it be too woodsy!!  A pair would look so sweet at a little table set up for a girly tea!!  I’m amazed that they are no sew!!  

  • October 9, 2011 at 12:32 am

    I love it Rebecca! That is so unique and clever and really is the perfect way to retain the beauty of the wood but breath new life into it at the same time. Way to go! 🙂

  • October 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    No sew, I like! love! 

  • October 9, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    I Love those spindles, I’ve never seen any like that!! Your slips are so creative and original, that they are “no sew” is an added bonus… did you do it?? So curious!! Hugs, VBg

  • October 11, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Hmmmm…hot glue? Iron-on fabric Velcro stickum stuff? VERY pretty.
    And how do you get those Pinterest “Pin it” buttons under each picture, too?
    You are too cool!

  • October 11, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    From one non-sewer to another….GREAT job!  lol!  I’m JUST getting into sewing straight hems and such on verrrry easy projects like table runners.  I’m actually enjoying it! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  • October 29, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Hello there! I’m new to your site and I just love your cute chair slip cover, great idea. Can you tell us how you made it? I’m trying to do something to keep cat hair off our new dinning room chairs and this looks like just what I’m looking for. For some reason, our cats favorite spots are the dinning room chairs and who wants to sit down to eat with a bunch of cat hair? 🙁 yuck!!! Help Please……….THANKS SO MUCH!!!


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