No Sew Tutorial

Want to do a no sew slip-cover? Love or hate mine, you can create your own style!

This would be an awesome way to slip-cover an ottoman or bench!

This was an antique chair. This photo does not do it justice. It was a true antique, the patina is so pretty and I didn’t want to de-value the piece by painting it….so, slip-cover time.

My objective: To achieve a “sew” look with NO sewing BUT for it to be quick and easy!

Ready to see how you could do this?

One thing I felt it needed was piping. I could achieve this with some type of hem tape or fabric iron-on adhesive but I felt that might defeat my “time friendly” aspect of the project.

So….going for NO SEW and HARDLY ANY TIME…. this is how I achieved a sewn, no sew piping.

Can you see the piping here?

Here it is closer…..

This is the hem that comes on one or two sides of your drop cloth.

Wah-lah….custom piping.

I measured the circumference (you heard me with the big words people) the CIR-CUM-FER-ENCE of my chair….
Einstein alert!

Decided the length I wanted the “skirt” of the slip-cover….and ironed in “hem tape”.

Cut off the excess fabric that does not have hem tape under it.

Keeps everything neat and tidy.

I taped this on the chair to try to figure out what I was going to do next.

I had no clue.

I decided to replicate what I had seen others do when sewing.

I pinned it..inside out….then, rather than sewing it, hem taped it (iron-on adhesive).

It didn’t work.

For me anyways. I wanted it to look PERFECT. The corners weren’t neat and it wasn’t tidy at all.

I also worried about the sturdiness of hem tape alone.

So…..I brought the secret weapon out. (Please note bad home-made french manicure and no finger on trigger of glue gun) Great staging of photos Reb!

I pulled the fabric apart (validating my hem tape fear).

I taped the two fabric pieces together (rather than pinning) and then glue gunned thickly around the skirt.

Because of the sturdiness of the “piping” and thickness of fabric, no glue showed through.

I also knew this method could hold up to cold-water washing.

Many years ago, I glue gunned everything that wasn’t standing still. I did a bed skirt this way once and would cold water wash it and it held up great.

I then “hem taped” my straps. Backed up the hem tape with glue….just in case…..

Glued one side to the seat part of the cover and velcro’d other to the skirt side. This is sticky Velcro but I backed up the sticky with glue from glue gun.

I used Fray Check on any unfinished edges. Making sure it would last up to washing and wearing.

Velcro’d my little tab in the back of the chair to open and close the skirt.

Take advantage of any finished edges of your drop cloth. I had the finished edge that came on the drop cloth on one side of the skirt and hem taped the other side. I made it big enough to over-lap a tad in the back.

And…..there it is.

It is truly sturdy and what doesn’t hold up to a washing…..get out your glue-gun and freshen it up!

Think how easy this would be for curtains, bed skirts and the easiest ottoman slip-cover ever!

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0 thoughts on “No Sew Tutorial

  • October 12, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I really like the prim look chair skirt…it is wonderful for this time of year to dress up the old chairs.  awesome !

  • October 13, 2011 at 2:03 am

    I don’t have an ottoman to cover, but I do have couch cushions, fabric, no zippers, but I did get trim.  So once I get the zippers, you just might get a tutorial that can free you from your seamstress LOL.  Blog is up, clearly in learning process there, if you care to check it out.

  • October 13, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Great job on the no-sew project.  Give me a hot glue gun any day!!!!!

  • October 30, 2011 at 5:04 am

    This is so cool!!!  I can sew though I haven’t in at least 15 years.  If fact, I’m somewhat concerned that if I did get my sewing machine out it might have a heart attack with the shock!!!
    I was going to suggest a box pleat at each corner.  It would give you the extra width around the bottom and you still could use the hot glue.
    Your blog is so neat and I’m enjoying making my way through it.


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