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My Slipcovered Sectional and a Giveaway!

I spent this summer changing my space from a dark, slightly Tuscan vibe to more of a cottage-y, light-filled look. One of the things I really wanted to do was slipcover my big sectional in my family room.

Update – winner has been chosen. It’s Melissa Swenson.

I wanted to go with white, but since I have four active children, I thought maybe a slightly darker color would hold up better. I didn’t want to spend all my time taking the slipcovers on and off to wash themlol.

And then last Spring I was sick and I spent about 6 hours watching a marathon of Good Luck Charlie on the Disney Channel. I fell in love with the house on that show and their turquoise couch. It was so happy. It was the center of their home.

So that’s what I did. I originally wanted to sew the slipcover myself, but after a little experimentation I had to face the fact that my sewing skills just are not advanced enough to make something that detailed. So I did the next best thing– I contacted my friend Shelley who has a slipcovering business. She is a genius.

Shelley came out and fitted the couch. She pinned it and then took it to her home to sew it together. I was fascinated to watch this process!! After watching her pin it and having her explain things and give me some tips, I think I can attempt a slipcover of my living room couch since it’s smaller and symmetrical.

So now I have a really bright and happy couch. 
Seeing it every day makes me happy! 

Here’s a before and after shot of my couch:

Shelley has an awesome DVD that shows you how to make a custom slipcover for YOUR couch or chair. And she is letting me give one away. You will love it!!

Here’s how you can win:

  • Go over to Custom Slipcovers by Shelley — leave a comment and/or follow. You will love seeing all of Shelley’s finished slipcover projects!! one entry each. 
  • Share this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook or your Blog. one entry each. 
Have a wonderful day! 





PS — I have an awesome giveaway going on over at babble’s New Home Ec —
beautiful home goods, bedding and decor!!


  1. That blue is sooo gutsy!! I’d love to do the same thing I hope I can muster up the courage to do as bold of a color! It turned out absolutely gorgeous though!

  2. Natalie Muoio says:

    My girls and I absolutely love Good luck Charlie.. I love the way there house is decorated, one night I literally paused the show to write down every decorative piece I loved to add to my wish list.. Great mins think alike, lol….

  3. This turned out absolutely gorgeous! I’ve been looking for some fantastic fabric to redo our couches in… Do you mind if I ask where you got this or what it’s called? Thanks so much!!! It’s soooo pretty and makes a huge impact 😀

  4. I was wondering how this cover is holding up to washing? I’m loving the colour and I’m trying to decide if it’s worth the effort to do it. Thanks!!!

  5. Where did you find the round coffee table here in this photo? looking for this love it!

  6. Love your turquoise slipcover! I just started following her blog!

  7. Looks great! I would love to slipcover my sectional, too, to give it a longer life — especially since my family loves eat in front of the TV on Friday nights!

  8. Hi – love the room, where did you find your coffee table? I’m trying to find a similar table for our sectional.

  9. Hi Jen!
    I LOVE the slipcover but where did you get your rug? I have been searching & searching for the perfect grey & white striped rug! Jamie at the Creative Imperative whittled one up out of table runners but before I go that route, I thought I’d check with your first! She linked to this post as inspiration. Thank you!!!

  10. It looks great! I love the chevron pillow and throw.

    I think it’s hilarious that you added Good Luck Charlie in this post! :) Such a funny show.

  11. Leslie Royce says:

    Just out of curiosity how much fabric did it take? I have a sectional I am dying to recover– and I just don’t know how much to order!

  12. I absolutely love the couch! Your living room is so beautiful!
    – I started following Shelley’s blog :)

  13. I left a message on her blog. I need to re-do a chair that my grandmother had re-upholstered but cats ate up. Maybe I can win this DVD and do her proud!

  14. Wow, she did an amazing job on that slipcover!! I remember seeing a rug you pinned awhile back you said might have been your template for the rug. It reminded me of the Good Luck Charlie rug — I’m so in love with that home too! Everything looks great

  15. I love it and also want to know more about your coffee table! That is exactly what I’m looking for in my family room! Is it pretty sturdy? Inquiring minds want to know! Thank you!

  16. I like your couches better than the TV shows! Very pretty, it looks like it was made originally that way :)

  17. Rebecca Roos says:

    I love how the turquoise pops! How fun to have a friend with such a neat talent!

  18. She is most definitely one of my very favorite blogs to follow on my google reader. I can’t get enough of her before and afters.

  19. I just started following her blog!


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