This was my living room sofa.
It was 10 years old and was being demoted to the [newly finished] basement, so new living room furniture could move in.
Normally, that would be totes okay.
But the problem was, we had just spent close to a year finishing the basement ourselves, and
I had been working my hiney off to make the space a nifty retreat for my family.
We had fresh paint, new carpeting, custom cabinetry... and this old couch (+chair and ottoman) just looked dumpy.
I wasn't happy.
But we didn't have the budget for a second new set of furniture.
And there's no way I was buying a secondhand sofa because I'm terrified of bedbugs.
(solid surfaces only from Craigslist, people!)
Old furniture was making our new space that we worked so hard on, look OLD.
So I went to work.
I got a sewing machine for Christmas that I promptly named Martha, and taught myself to use it.
I made this pillow and I'm pretty sure I was the Queen of the World.
So since I could sew a pillow, then SURELY I could sew a slipcover, right?
OK, even I'm not that stupid.
I knew I couldn't handle the curves of the rolled arms on my current sofa.
But I WAS confident that I could handle covering the cushions on my own.
The Ikea Ektorp Sofa has the same shape as my old sofa, with two big differences: length and cushion quantity.
I took a chance and bought the Ektorp slipcover for $50 (which is an amazing price for a tailored slipcover), and rather than pay IKEA's outrageous shipping ($35 for shipping a $50 cover is pretty extreme, I think) a friend who was coming that way picked it up and brought it home for me (Thanks again, Sara!).
Good Homies are hard to find. :)
My sofa is longer than the Ektorp by about 3 inches on either side. And it's a little more full in the rolled arm, but with a little tugging and some seam ripping, it fit.
Every time I see this picture, I keep hearing "Fat guy in a little coat...." in my head.
I love you, Tommy Boy. :)
Since my couch has two large cushions and the Ektorp has 3 small ones, I knew I had to make new cushion covers. SO, I took the Ektorp cushions and cut them up, using that fabric to piece together the holes I had to cut to fit the arms, as well as add length to the sides.
(sorry, no pics here. I was out.of.my.mind. with this thing and wasn't thinking "tutorial" during this process.
I was thinking "finish fortheloveofGodFINISH")
It became this comic Frankenstein-ish piecing of fabric that still makes me laugh out loud.
I feared if I took the "sleeves" off the couch and ran the pieces through the sewing machine, that I would overcompensate the seam allowance and sew it too small. Since it was already such a tight fit and I am such a novice, I didn't want to take that chance.
The result is a massive amount of hand-stitching (followed by massive amounts of swearing)
that I don't think I could bring myself to do ever, ever again.
I found a twill fabric at Hobby Lobby that matched pretty well, so I stocked up on my 40% off coupons and only ended up spending about $30 on fabric (that's with the coupon) for the cushions and piping.
The chair that goes with the set is actually a chair and a half - and the Ektorp is so small that my chair was actually closer in size to the Ektorp loveseat.
So close in size, actually, that I didn't have to sew this cover. It is folded and the fabric is tucked in a couple places, but if you've read this blog for any amount of time you know that straight up "perfection"
really isn't my bag.
The result is an old, slouchy couch and chair that have a new lease.
And coming soon I'll show you how making that ottoman slipcover (piping and all!) was the easiest thing to make since my first pillow cover.
The goal was to buy us just a few more years until we can get new furniture for downstairs.
For now, my Frankenstein covers are suiting us just fine.
And since I did them myself, I'm so inappropriately proud of myself I could just bust.
Though, if you are a professional seamstress or have any semblance of sewing skillz at all,
and you come over? You'll need to make eye contact with me at all times so I can be sure you're not looking at my crappy seams, m'kay? :)