How To Apply Cording to Slipcovers

Are your furniture pieces boring to look at but you don’t have the budget to buy new sets of furniture? A slipcover is the answer to your problem! More than bringing a physical makeover for the furniture, it can also protect your furniture against damages and cover up ugly scratches or dents on it. However, most of the slipcovers that come today don’t appear to be durable. A simple cording application to slipcovers can give you that missing durability.

Cording the slipcover will not only make the seams stronger but it can also create a neat professional look to the piece. Adding cording for the slipcovers is very easy, too, by following these steps:

Preparing the Cording

  1. How long should the cording be so it can fit for the slipcover’s outlines? You can have the accurate measurement by using a dressmaker’s tape measure. You may measure from side to side and just add the length and that’s how long the cording should be.
  2. Cording is available in different colors, materials, widths, and designs. You can experiment using a cording with a contrasting color to the slipcover. But it’s ideal that you choose a darker shade of your slipcover. The cording will appear like an outline if you do. You are also free to crochet your own cording design for a more personal touch.
  3. Cut pieces of bias strips from the slipcover fabric and sew these covering all the seams. The cording will be sewn over the bias strips.

Applying the Cording

  1. Position the cording on the slipcover seams. You can use pins to ensure the right position of the cording on the seams.
  2. Trim the cording in case two ends of cord meet on the seam. Doing this will avoid overlapping cord while maintaining the slipcover’s perfection. You can trim half an inch longer than the exact cording end to give way for easy sewing with the other cording end. Now, you are ready to sew the cording.
  3. Sew the cording on the slipcover’s seams. Sewing should be exactly on the seams since cording will be for emphasis.

These steps are only for applying the cords on the seams. This is ideal if the cord is beautiful enough for showing off. If not, you can choose to insert the cord into the slipcover’s edges. Some slipcovers have tube-like edges where you can insert the cord. This gives a more natural effect where the cord is not that obvious but still gives the slipcover the shape-up it needs. It’s also possible to insert cord in slipcovers without the tube-like figure. However, you’ll need to remove the sewing of the seams, which will definitely be a more tiring task.

You may watch video instructions for applying slipcovers if you are not used to following written instructions. However you learn it. Applying cord to slipcovers can surely be rewarding. It can be a tiring job at first. But once you have seen that newly transformed slipcover, you’ll not only be amazed of the slipcover but of your ability of being handy.


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