Thursday, October 2, 2014

Making a repair on a torn slipcover.

Has this ever happened to you??  This is a nasty tear in a stool slipcover and right at the corner.  Now, I'll admit, it could be much worse.  At least it's in the seam.  This had been repaired twice before it got to me.  Obviously, it didn't work.  I hated to see my client throw this out, so I gave it a shot.  And I'm going to share with you how I repaired it.  Hopefully, this will be the last time.

Here it is from another angle.  Nasty!!

 First I placed it on the corner of my sewing/pressing table.

Then pressed it.

I trimmed off all the stray threads.  I had to get them out of my way to move onto the next step.

Cut a piece of lightweight fusible stabilizer.  I keep all my remnants so I had a piece of Pellon SF 101.

 Now lay that over the seam (wrong side) and fuse in place.  It's hard to see, but it's there.
Turn to right side and press again.

Because I had a top seam where the sides meet the top, I had to unpick that just slightly.

Now you can fold the seam back to its original position and stitch in place.  I chose to use a 3/8" seam allowance just to be sure it would hold.  I ran one straight stitch first then turned to check I had enclosed the tear.  Then I went back and made a triple stitch to hold it.  The picture only shows my first stitch line.

And the right side.  No sign of tear!

Next, I closed that top seam again.  It is a bit crooked right where the repaired seam is, but there wasn't enough fabric to make it straight across.  No one will ever notice.

And now this slipcover will hopefully have another few good years.  Unless of course, this happens to the other seams.

Hope this helps someone else.  Incidentally, I am no expert in making these types of repairs.  If you know of or have a better way, please share!

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Thursday!


  1. I'm no expert either but I've made my fair share of repairs over the years. I think it was a really wise choice to reinforce the fabric with the interfacing. That will prevent the fabric from fraying further and provide stability the fabric and to that seam. Well done!

  2. Thanks so much! I was thinking that too since it had been repaired before. There just wasn't enough stability there to hold the seam together. Thank you for stopping by! I love your blog BTW.