I made my first slip cover back in June, and I wasn't really happy with the look of a slipcover. I really wanted the chair to be reupholstered. I like the fitted look on furniture. I knew I had two of these chairs, so I wasn't so nervous about ruining the chair. However I wanted to use as much of the drop cloth and piping from the slipcover I had made, so that I wasn't putting anymore money into a project I was going to be experimenting with. As much as I wasn't thrilled with the slipcover, I did like it better than my torn and dirty looking wing chair.
So I spent a day tearing apart my slipcover in hopes that this was not all in vain. I was able to use almost all the pieces from the slipcover. I had to recover the wing part by itself and make that two separate pieces at the arm. I am glad I did the slipcover and had those tips from Miss Mustard Seed's Videos. I was definitely more relaxed from having that experience.
I am not going to do a step by step tutorial. I am just going to show you different pics. On the left you can see how the wing and the arm are two different pieces. I just folded the fabric under and stretched and stapled it.
When it came to the back of the chair, I did not have the cardboard thingy that they used. It was not able to be used again, so I came up with my own template. I explain it in the photo below.
I did reuse the metal clips the factory had used. I also reused the hardboard template they had in the arm front. So sorry for my layman terms. I am not a professional and have no idea what I am talking about with all of these pieces.
Here is a pic of the slipcover I did back in June vs. the upholstered chair. I personally would reupholster before I made a slip cover. Once you tear things apart and see how it is put together, it really isn't hard. There is a lot less sewing involved! I love that part! I am not even sure if I would have had to sew if my wings were like some of the wing chairs I saw on the videos I watched. Again I am so thankful for making that slipcover so that I had a clue with what to do with the wing part.
I love it!