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fabric, pattern, oilclothMy friend recently wallpapered her kids' playroom with painter's canvas and I started thinking about all of the different uses the fabric could provide. When my mind ran to slipcovers, I remembered a few other creative textiles that could work just as well! Consider the following the "Three O's of Creative Slipcovering":

1. Oilcloth: I love the idea of taking an oilcloth tablecloth (say that three times fast!) to cover an ottoman. Oilcloth is both sturdy and virtually stain-resistant, and the bright pops of color could be perfect for any accent piece. I'd use a bright, bold piece like this or this for a no-sew slipcover that's easy as the pie you can eat from it!

2. Oxford. I once used my husband's outdated Oxford shirt (it had the most lovely pinstripes I've ever seen) to recover a pillow. Peruse your closets for lovely patterns and textures that you may not wear anymore, and even scout your local thrift store for the same. A linen dress could become a lovely cushion, or a lace top can transform itself into a placemat.

3. Oldies. If you have outdated curtains, draperies or blankets, consider thinking of ways to re-purpose them. Perhaps your old curtain could become a duvet cover, or a new sheet set could make a lovely curtain? Feel free to re-think the packaging for a lovely and unexpected slipcover.

If you follow these simple "O"'s, you'll be basking in slipcover heaven in no time.

  • kelly McCants

    Wow, thanks for linking to Oilcloth Addict! We agree that oilcloth would make a great fabric for covering an ottoman!

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