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the lazy-girl slipcover

April 19, 2011

About two years ago I read a blog post that included an image of a sofa with an oversized bedspread thrown across.  The blogger referred to it, I think, as something like “granny’s sofa.”  But the image has stayed with me.  There was something comfortable and uncomplicated about that room.  The look wasn’t as rumpled as I would have imagined.

Fast forward a year.  One day I ventured into a consignment store I’d been meaning to visit for months and spotted a short tufted leather sofa.  It seemed like it would be a wonderful addition to our living room so I made the purchase and the delivery crew brought it to our house right away.

Even though I liked the scale of the furniture, the medium brown leather proved to be too dense for the light atmosphere of the room. It was as though the sofa was the heaviest thing around, my eye kept moving to it, like gravity.   My solution was to cover it with a woven cotton rug.   Sort of a lazy-girl type of slipcover.

But we both like the look.  A lot.  So even though it might be a lazy-girl slipcover, we’re keeping it.  At least for now.  The wonderful texture and classic stripe makes the leather sofa seem lighter in appearance and the colors work well in combination with the other textiles in the room.

Last weekend we tried a variation on this theme by tucking a woven cotton tablecloth over the cushions of the small sofa in the bedroom.  Lazy-girl slipcover #2.

All I can say is, I like it.

For other slipcover inspiration, click here.

Thank you for reading 🙂



Linking to

Workshop Wednesday at Goodbye City Hello Suburbs

Finding Fabulous

Chic on a Shoestring

French Country Cottage

The Shabby Chic Cottage

A Glimpse Inside

Coastal Charm

Boogieboard Cottage

House of Grace

14 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2011 2:09 am

    ” My solution was to cover it with a woven cotton rug. Sort of a lazy-girl type of slipcover.”

    Brava! Ingenious idea, Diane! And you’re absolutely correct, the woven cotton rug DOES make the leather couch appear lighter.

    You just gave me a great idea for my sofa-bed futon. It’s dark in color, so I may had a light piece of material (solid or printed) to soften the look of it.

    Thank you for sharing this tip!

    I think you should have your own cable TV show….”Home Sweet Homemade” starring Diane!

    X to you both!

  2. April 19, 2011 2:29 am

    Oh yeah. That’s what I’m talking about. That slipcover is a snapshot of my life this week. Love it. 🙂

  3. April 19, 2011 6:25 am

    Never thought of using a rug like that! It probably stays in place better than a blanket would. And that coffee table in your bedroom is really great. Nice and shabby!

  4. April 19, 2011 1:40 pm

    I like it too. Especially the rug on the leather sofa, it does indeed lighten the heaviness of the dark leather. A+ on this idea, it looks fabulous. I’ve used a quilt over an “old” ratty sofa of ours for years because my kids won’t let me get rid of it. It is a awesome napping couch 🙂 and we’ve dubbed it the dog sofa b/c that is the only piece of furniture they are allowed to lay on. And practically speaking; the layering allows you to 1) do seasonal changes 2) toss in the washer 3) layers add texture and dimension. But it looks as though the time is coming that I will have to learn how to make a full slip cover for it. Oh joy!

  5. April 19, 2011 4:12 pm

    oh man, i love a lazy project. i do. this one’s fab. i just did one myself this week: took a king duvet that was not being used and “fitted” it over a chaise in our bedroom that was looking very granny in a bad way. it worked!

    come visit soon.


  6. April 20, 2011 3:28 am

    I like them both! I should do this on our ratty old couches in our TV room.

  7. April 20, 2011 4:33 am

    This is such a super Idea and it looks so posh.. LOVE it!!

  8. April 22, 2011 3:36 am

    awesome! I love it. great make over.

    new follower!

  9. April 24, 2011 1:18 am

    Hi there~ I love your sweet little leather settee and your lazy girl slip is darling! Thanks for sharing at FNF! Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  10. April 27, 2011 7:30 pm

    I am totally loving your lazy-girl slip covers. I need to cover my couches and I’m just not into sewing anything and I can’t find anything to fit it. This is a fabulous idea!
    Thanks for the clever ideas.

  11. May 20, 2011 9:06 pm

    awesome all the way around. beautiful & practical. thanks for sharing!

  12. July 7, 2011 5:06 am

    I am in inspiration mode for slip covers…especially with two sticky little boys running amok.

    Grand idea. It doesn’t have to be complicated or fussy…

    If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday Hope to see your lazy girl slipcover among all the amazing projects!

  13. July 13, 2011 1:54 am

    I do this all the time to keep reat minds think alike!


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