How to sew a sofa cover: 3 master classes

How to sew sofa decks for a corner sofa

My Sweet Home offers you a selection of materials on how to sew a sofa cover with your own hands. In the master classes below you will learn how to sew unique practical sofa covers.

Your furniture will be reliably protected from dust and grime. It will retain the natural color of the upholstery for a long time and will not be damaged by the claws of pets.

General information and methods of taking measurements

This page from the magazine will help you get general information on how to take measurements from a sofa and how to prepare a pattern for sewing.

Sofa cover pattern

A cover for a sofa is really convenient both in practical terms and in terms of changing the surroundings. After all, having several fabric solutions, you can alternate capes, thereby avoiding monotony in the interiors.

In the picture above you can see how the pattern of the future cover is cut, and what measurements need to be made.

Sewing a sofa cover with your own hands

I found the master class on the Mom’s Secret website very interesting, where they presented a guide on sewing a sofa deck for furniture from Ikea. The Ikea sofa was purchased for a children's room, which meant that there was a high probability that the material would be stained, so the decision was made to sew a beautiful cover.

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Option for a stretch sofa cover made from a single piece of fabric

If you don’t want to bother with cutting and sewing, but still need to cover the sofa, then try doing it as shown in the picture above. You will get a wonderful cover for furniture - quickly and easily. Also see detailed guide on sofa covers on page

The second master class will be this simple sofa cover. After all, not everyone wants sophistication, but rather a practical option. For example, for a dacha, the practical aspect will come first. Just such a master class can be found on the page:

And this sofa found its cover thanks to the efforts of a user of the website Country of Mothers. I wanted to include this case in the selection, even despite the lack of drawings and patterns on the page. In the comments on the page you can find out details of the work from the craftswoman herself, look through the remarks:

A wonderful master class on making a sofa cover with your own hands was published on the website of Irina Voroshilova, who calls herself Baba Irisha. A good site where, in addition to this master class, you can find a lot of interesting tutorials for yourself. Yes, and also, video instructions are attached to the material on the case, and this is doubly valuable! See the work on the page:

Materials and tools

Let's consider making the simplest type of cover - a cape. In this model, you will need to sew a sofa cover that is continuous for the back and seat. Separately cut and sew the armrests, connect the parts into a single whole and design the finished product. Everything is done simply.

To work you will need the following:

  • fabric, footage is calculated based on the size of the sofa;
  • tape measure;
  • tailor's chalk;
  • sewing pins and needles;
  • wooden ruler;
  • thread (preferably with lavsan for a sewing machine);
  • scissors;
  • pattern paper

When everything is prepared, you need to cut out the cover. How to sew sofa covers with your own hands is written below.

Cutting out parts

Using a centimeter, measure the backs and armrests of the sofa. Draw on paper according to the dimensions obtained. There is no need to rush to do everything on the fabric at once. The proverb that it is better to measure seven times and cut only once is very true in this case. A lot of fabric is used for the cover, and an incorrectly cut piece will spoil all the work. Therefore, it is more practical to first cut everything out on paper and attach it to the sofa to see if the size fits.

The pattern must first be applied to paper.

When everything is checked that the drawing fits perfectly, you can start cutting on the fabric:

  • Iron the fabric through damp gauze. It is better to wash cotton or wool fabrics in warm water. This must be done so that the material shrinks, and subsequently, the finished product does not become smaller in size;
  • Fold the fabric right side inward. Pin the drawings with safety pins;
  • Use tailor's chalk to trace the outline of the paper. After 1.5-2 cm, draw a second line;
  • cut along the second line.

The parts are cut, you can start sewing.


Work begins with outline. The video in the article shows all stages of the work.

  • fold the patterns right side inward;
  • sweep away with temporary screeds;
  • Immediately try on the received cover on the sofa.

Hand made: cover for a computer chair

Upholstered furniture is the basis for creating a cozy and homely atmosphere in any room. But no matter how much proper care is taken for such furniture, over time the upholstery still wears out and loses its visual appeal. The same thing happens with a computer chair - every day it does a good deed for its owner, which is why it gets worn out and quickly loses its original appearance. Owners definitely want to extend the life of their favorite furniture as long as possible. And although getting rid of scuffs is quite difficult, don’t rush to look for a new chair! To solve this issue, you can sew a cover for a computer chair.

This cover will help you hide the external defects of the chair and add some zest to your office interior. After all, if you create several variations of a product, different colors and materials, you can change them according to your mood. In addition, the cape is easy to remove and wash in case of stains.

In this article, we will look at the key points of sewing furniture covers, determine the most suitable materials, and also give some universal tips, thanks to which even a novice seamstress can quickly sew a cover for an office chair.

How to sew a blanket for a corner sofa with your own hands

The corner sofa has firmly taken its place as one of the most popular types of upholstered furniture for the living room. It is convenient, compact, and if it is also beautiful, then it is simply a favorite of all family members. How to use a bedspread to protect its upholstery from frequent use so that the sofa does not lose its decorative properties, I will tell you in this article.

Why does a corner sofa need a blanket?

The fabric, no matter how durable it is, wears out over time, gets dirty, fades, losing its former brightness. Practical owners cover upholstered furniture with a blanket immediately while they are new, or use special covers. But if your corner sofa is no longer new, and you are wondering how to improve the situation, then use this moment to update the interior at the same time, because a good blanket can change the look of the sofa as if you had changed the upholstery.

Bedspreads made from modern fabrics are practical, easy to care for, and hypoallergenic. In addition, you can choose an expensive or economical option, or even have several of them - for different life situations or just a change of mood.

Another small drawback is that the blanket will have to be removed every time you lay out the upholstered furniture, and if this annoys you, choose the simplest design that can be quickly covered and removed.

The textile product not only protects the furniture from abrasion, but also, complementing it, decorates the overall interior

Choosing the right design

The choice options largely depend on the shape of the chair. If owners of standard furniture can still buy a ready-made cover, then for a chair with an original shape, all that remains is to make an individual model. Self-tailoring allows you to create an interesting, creative design even for an ordinary chair. You can choose any fabric, select additional finishing materials and decorations. The main thing is that the finished product fits organically in color and style into the interior of the room.

PatchworkSuch products are created using patchwork sewing techniques. You can sew very impressive capes from multi-colored pieces of fabric. The choice of colors is individual. For example, bright, contrasting covers with colorful patterns are suitable for boho or country style. They create a light, relaxed, festive atmosphere. For a romantic Scandinavian style with deliberate simplicity, you need to choose a combination of light pastel shades. For beginners, this sewing method may seem difficult due to the fact that many fragments need to be combined and assembled.
LoftFor this style, with its laconicism, rough simplicity, upholstered furniture with upholstery or covers made of natural or artificial leather, tapestry, coarse non-woven fabric, a bedspread made of natural or artificial fur is suitable
Shabby chicThis style is characterized by a combination of warm, homely, expensive antiques. Satin or silk fabrics are best for covers. They should be muted shades with floral patterns. Bright colors or geometric prints will be out of place. Frills and tassels are used as decoration
BaroqueThis Italian style is distinguished by luxury and grace. Chair covers are made from expensive bright fabrics and decorated with flounces and frills.

The procedure for making a rocking chair from different materials with your own hands



Shabby chic


Manufacturing materials

In general, the fabric for a bedspread is subject to the same requirements as for furniture upholstery: it must be durable, dense, wear-resistant, not easily stained, and at the same time cause a pleasant tactile sensation. Choose aesthetic qualities according to your taste.

Cotton products are easy to care for and pleasant to sit on in the summer. However, cotton easily wrinkles and gets dirty, and also shrinks when washed. Therefore, if your upholstered furniture is in the living room, it is better to choose a more practical material.

How to sew a cape yourself

Taking measurements

The general principle of taking dimensions for a corner sofa is this: you need to divide the entire surface plane into rectangles, and then measure their length and width. The sum of these rectangles with seam allowances on all sides of approximately 6-7 cm will indicate the amount of fabric needed. The dimensions of seats, backs, armrests and the front of upholstered furniture are measured separately.

The first thing you need to do is find out the exact dimensions of the furniture pieces

Sketch and pattern

Draw a rough sketch and original ideas on a piece of paper.

Then, referring to the sketch, draw out all the elements of the future pattern in full size, taking into account seam allowances. Carefully cut out the parts.

Pattern option for a corner sofa

Transferring the pattern to fabric

Lay the material on a flat surface, such as the floor or a large table. Lay out the pattern pieces on the fabric and trace them with chalk or colored pencil. Then cut out the parts exactly along the contours.

Assembly on furniture

Lay out the pieces of the bedspread on the appropriate surfaces and sweep them together with a brightly colored thread.

Pattern transfer

Pre-tailoring and adjustment

Remove the basting blanket from the upholstered furniture and sew all the seams, retreating 2-3 cm from the basting seam. First you need to sew the armrests. When the main part is ready, sew the finished armrests to it.

Then the product is turned right side out and a test fitting is done. In those places where the bedspread lay unevenly, make an additional adjustment mark, then you need to sew it again, now taking into account the adjustment.

Pre-sewing the bedspread

Edge processing

If at the next fitting the bedspread looks ready, proceed to processing the seams and edges of the material.

First, remove the running seams and, turning the blanket right side out, put it on the sofa. Fold the edges of the fabric to the desired width and secure with pins. Assess how evenly the edges hang in relation to the sofa and the floor. You can baste the hem in place. Then remove the product from the sofa and sew the seams along the edges. You can also sew pillows to the bedspread.

Finishing the edge of the bedspread

How to lay it correctly

The cape is ready! All that remains is to learn how to properly cover upholstered furniture. You should start with the armrests. Find the short seams at the armrests and arrange it so that they coincide with the ends of the sofa armrests. Then throw the corresponding part over the back of the sofa and straighten the blanket along its entire length. Align the bottom edge around the perimeter. Make sure that the blanket is stretched symmetrically and that there are no distortions in the fabric pattern.

The blanket for the corner sofa can be one-piece or consist of several wedges

A blanket for a corner sofa solves several problems at once: it protects furniture and extends its service life, simplifies interior care and adds aesthetic variety. And if it is made with your own hands, it brings special pleasure to the owners.

DIY office chair cover: pattern

To sew a cover you will definitely need a pattern. These are, in fact, the details of the future product, drawn on paper, tracing paper or polyethylene. The pattern for the chair will become the basis on which you will sew a cover for your chair. To do it, you need:

  • Take one or one and a half meters of polyethylene and place it on the seat of the chair;
  • Straighten the film so that it follows the anatomical shape of the surface;
  • Secure the material with pins along the seams;
  • Use chalk or a marker to outline the outline of the seat.

It is easy to check whether these steps are performed correctly. The seat of a computer chair is usually symmetrical, so fold the film in half and check if the drawn contours match. If yes, then the job was completed successfully. If there are small differences, you can circle along the middle edge. And if the drawings are very different, then the pattern was taken incorrectly.

The resulting pattern will become your universal assistant when sewing a cover. It can be used more than once, so don’t rush to throw it away. Determine the required fabric sizes

You can buy cheap fabric in excess and use the leftovers as a rag or use it around the house. It’s a completely different matter when you buy expensive fabric for a cover; in this case, you don’t want to spend a large amount on extra pieces of material. To buy the amount of fabric that is needed specifically for your chair, you need to take all the measurements of the product correctly.

First, you need to measure the length, width and height of the specific seat and back (if you plan to make a cover for the back of the chair too). Use a measuring tape. It is better to write down the obtained measurements so as not to get confused later when you sew a cover for a computer chair. It is also necessary to take measurements taking into account where the seams, clasp or elastic of the future cover will be located.

The next thing to do is to place the finished patterns according to the width of the selected fabric. Also consider the direction of the warp thread when laying out materials to ensure the sewing result meets your expectations.

Types of bedspreads

After the geometry of the cut has been taken into account, the bedspread for the corner sofa as a whole differs little from all the others, with some caveat: it is desirable that it be made of a fabric that is less prone to crawling and sliding. If, say, the bed in the bedroom is used on average once a day, then in the living room life can be in full swing around the clock.

With a certain degree of convention, we can divide the corner sofa covers into the following types:

  • covers of suitable shape;
  • blankets;
  • sofa decks.

Gallery: bedspreads for a corner sofa (25 photos)

Covers with elastic band

For practical purposes, instead of a bedspread, the “hotel method” is often used for this type of sofa: covers with secret fasteners or elastic.
Minus the inevitable gradual decrease in elasticity, the choice of a cover with an elastic band is enthusiastically welcomed by people with a shortage of time. Decorative covers for upholstered furniture include a valance-skirt, but they do not fit harmoniously into every interior: after all, this is a legacy of the times of richly decorated carved beds with high legs. However, it is quite possible to add vintage charm or a hint of Provence to the environment with overlapping elements of a strictly consistent style.

Modern designs are closer to the choice of practical covers made from so-called bamboo fiber from Chinese manufacturers. A special technology of sewing an elastic thread into the fabric transfers the product to the “stretch” category, which will easily allow even a child to put the cover on a corner sofa.

When it comes to care, modern covers have virtually no equal:

  • they are wear-resistant;
  • do not fade;
  • not subject to deformation at care temperatures up to 40 °C;
  • do not need ironing.

In general, the easiest way to buy a cotton-polyester cover is in a family hypermarket like Ikea and the like. The problem of electrification of polyester fiber can be dealt with by spraying with an antistatic spray after each washing and drying, and some models are quite tolerant of cleaning with a vacuum cleaner, which is important if you have furry pets.

Popular blankets

A low-budget, but extremely common option for a bedspread is considered to be a plaid. However, blankets come in different varieties: from ikea-style to rustic burlap or labor-intensive patchwork quilts. In general, blankets and bedspreads from Ikea can be a good help in situations of lack of time or desire to thoroughly develop style solutions. There will not be much
originality in such a design When choosing a blanket, it is worth noting that they have an undoubted advantage over formal bedspreads: if the person sitting begins to feel sleepy, you can cover yourself with the blanket at the same time without any remorse. True, this does not always work perfectly: for example, to cope with a hand-knitted giant knitted cape, some effort will be required, and such products cannot always boast of warmth. But this doesn’t stop them from looking impressive.


Historically, most often the name “divandeck” is given to a simple, minimalist, straight-cut bedspread, complete with the same chair covers.
Sometimes, by analogy with village bedspreads, they are called “paths”. For a corner sofa you will need at least two such sofa decks: one shorter, the other longer. Divandecks for a corner sofa are not very often chosen. There is a good reason for this: as a rule, they only protect the upholstery of the seat and do not cover the back of the sofa in any way. Visually, this can be corrected with small interior cushions to match the main color of the sofa deck. By the way, the simple shape of this bedspread calls for a choice of calm shades: beige, muted gold, sea wave . For example, flashy red sofa decks will not only create an ambiance to match a traveling circus, but will also visually “reduce the cost” of the rest of the furnishings.

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