What little one wouldn't love a pull-out couch to lounge on???
I love the idea...but I hated the patterns I had to choose from. To begin, my living room is filled with toys, so the last thing I wanted to add was a piece of furniture that had cartoon characters all over it (no offense). My Jilli Bean is still too young to really care (however, I think she has a crush on Diego from Go, Diego, Go).
I searched the web for patterns to make these couches, but I didn't come up with much. The most I could find was a rough sketch with dimensions--I could handle putting the foam together, but I envisioned a complete nightmare when making the slipcover without a pattern.
I found this at the toy store (normally $44.99 on clearance for $24.97--I probably could have found one at a second hand store, yard sale or Craigslist, but I have allergies so a new one was better for me):
I went to the "fabric by the pound" store and found some Soft & Comfy-type fabric in a light pink. It normally runs about $12.99/yard at the fabric store, but I got 2-3 yards (almost 2 pounds) for less than $11 (I have plenty of fabric leftover).
I took pictures of the slipcover after I took it off (so I knew how it was supposed to look when the foam wasn't inside) so I knew where each piece went and which direction it was supposed to face (since I wanted the fabric to be going the correct way).
|From Drop Box|
|From Drop Box|
|This is all the pieces of the original slipcover after I took it apart. (The bottoms piece, with the zipper, is not shown.)|
I wasn't sure how to secure the cover on the foam--my initial thought was elastic (wanted it to be removable so it could be washed), but I decided to salvage the bottom of the couch (had a large zipper that ran along 3 sides of the couch)--it was lime green, but it was on the bottom and wouldn't show. I attached that to the pink fabric. The original cover had a piece of Velcro that was sewn to the seat of the cover and the other side was stuck to the foam (it had come unstuck). I have yet to attach that to the new slipcover. It would help
The entire project took approximately 7 hours (of course I was excited to get it done and did the majority in one night). I love the way it turned out, but have absolutely no intentions of doing this again! (However, I did save the pieces I used as a pattern...you never know!) It wasn't that difficult, just time consuming, but well worth it! My Jilli Bean loves it!