Before & After:: Slipcovers By Shelley

Last Updated on December 28, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

I came across Shelley‘s slipcovered furniture just a couple of days ago over at Better After (where I go when I need a quick “before and after” fix). I was so amazed at Shelley’s work! I’m convinced that making beautiful slipcovers is much more difficult than reupholstering furniture. In fact, from my own experience, I KNOW that’s the case. And my upholsterer agrees. He charges quite a bit more for slipcovers than he does for reupholstering furniture.


After seeing a few samplings of Shelley’s work at Better After, I had to have more, so I visited her blog. I’m still just amazed. Here are a few before and afters…



I love the fabric!!  And check out how perfect that slipcover is. 
I’ve seen upholstery jobs that don’t even compare!!


This is Shelley’s own furniture…what lurks underneath her slipcovers.


These are the first slipcovers she made for this furniture.  What a difference slipcovers make!!!


She recently made new slipcovers for her furniture.  It looks like a completely different room!



I still can’t get over how perfectly that slipcover fits.  It looks upholstered!


Now this is amazing.  Her client bought this furniture at a yard sale for a total of $160.  They had attached backs, so Shelley cut them off and slipcovered them separately.


And here is the beautifully slipcovered result.  You’d never know that was yardsale furniture now, huh?!

Want more inspiration?  Click here to visit Shelley’s blog.  And probably the best part is that she doesn’t hoard all of this how-to knowledge…she shares it!  Yep, she has a how-to video available in which she shares her techniques and tips.  I’m definitely going to be purchasing a video in the near future, because I want to do some slipcovers for John & Alice’s house, and I’d like to feel a little more confident before I tackle those.  Perhaps I’ll practice on my own chairs first!

So have you ever made a slipcover?  How did it turn out?

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    February 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Wow! That's super impressive. I've been dying to slipcover our living room furniture – it was a moving gift from my in-laws, and my husband loves it because he grew up with it. I HATE it! Maybe some slipcovers can help us reach a compromise 🙂

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    February 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Well, I inch closer and closer to trying to slipcover. I recently purchased over 40 yards of material at a local thrift store, 20 yards for 75 cents per yard, 22 yards for $1.80 per yard all intended for slipcovering. I AM VERY AFRAID, lol! I keep intending to just DRAPE the fabric (and not cut), just pin a corner (and not cut), etc., and just can't get up the gumpshun. I think it's the CUTTING of the fabric that scares me the most.

    I keep telling myself "come on, it was only 75 cents per yard; so what if you screw up" but the fabric is still on the roll in the corner waiting….

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    February 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    These look great! Now if only I could make slip covers as beautiful! Love these! Thanks for sharing!

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    February 9, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Wow – they are all stunning! I especially love that red & white armchair!

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    Kristi~The Slipcover Girl
    February 11, 2011 at 1:07 am

    yes! I love my white slipcovers!

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    February 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Oh my… there is no way, those look PERFECT!!!!

    I have been staring at some fabric I bought to recover my sofas, for months now. I don't even know where to start, gosh I wonder if she explains how she does it, lol.

    I'm off to check out her blog, THANKS for sharing. Love Better After too!!!!

    Bella 🙂

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    February 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Those are amazing. I will be checking out her blog.

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    February 11, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I'm getting ready to make my first slipcover. Nervous! I've been getting tips and ideas from all over blogland and am (somewhat) confident enough to start. Hopefully mine will turn out a fraction as good as Shelley's!

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    Slipcovers by Shelley
    February 16, 2011 at 2:49 am

    thanks for the post! and all the nice comments everyone.

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    May 16, 2011 at 6:53 am

    WOW, she did a great job on those covers .