Tuck-In Corners on Slipcovers
Fitting "Tuck-In" Corners
We will look at how the "tuck-ins" for this corner are fitted. This shows the corners "tucked in" for a tailored "finished" look. this Tutorial will demonstrate how to cut and fit the corners of the fabric to allow for this "tucking in".
Fitting "Tuck-In" Corners
(First Rough Draft: This tutorial is in the writing process. At this point, these are just some rough notes.)
Since this tutorial is directed towards fitting of the "tuck-in" areas, we will assume that you already have the other areas (front deck, arm fronts, etc.) fitted and sewn, ready for fitting.
We will be using this loveseat (shown with and without the cushions) as an example for this tutorial.
We will look at how the "tuck-ins" for this corner are fitted. This shows the corners "tucked in" for a tailored "finished" look. this Tutorial will demonstrate how to cut and fit the corners of the fabric to allow for this "tucking in". To enlarge picture, click here.
Pictures show "Tucking In" The arm and deck areas.
Cover Fitted Upside Down
This picture shows the yellow cover, during the fitting process, put on the loveseat upside down. All the rest of the pictures/drawings will use this picture and this corner as the fitting corner. All pictures after this will be working with the cover Upside Down. Many of the drawings have been made semi-transparent to better show how all the pieces fit together.
Using this same corner, we have "overlayed" a drawing of where the frame boards under the cover are located.
It is much easier to fit inner corners on a slipcover if we have a basic idea of how the frame is made. when we cut to fit for the "tuck-ins", we are actually cutting the fabric to fit around the frame boards to go into the slots.
After this picture, the drawing of the frame is lightened, but still present to show how we are fitting the fabric around the frame
We start with the deck. After the deck piece is sewn to fit the front corners (not shown), and sewn to the decking fabric (shown in green), lay decking fabric upside down on the sofa deck. After putting the front corners in place, lay the back of the decking fabric over the sofa deck. Spread the deck fabric and fold it over at the back and side edges, as shown by the red arrows (F & G). This should leave at least 4 or 5 inches of the decking fabric folded on top (G).
Lay the Inside Arm upside down over the sofa arm. After lining up the front corners and edges, fold the back edge of the fabric vertically at the back corner (M) (as shown at the arrow). The back of the fold (M) should be tucked back tightly into the curner (but not tucked into the crevice). The "fold over" fabric (H) should have at least 4" or 5".
This picture shows an enlarged view of the corner.
1. First we need to determine how deep the "cut around" will need to be around the board. Push your finger in the crevice at the board (T) (The boards on some chairs and sofa is near the surface, while the boards on others may have several inches) For this example, we will assume that this loveseat has a "cut-around" depth of 1/2".
Follow up: I haven't yet taken the time to finish this tutorial. However, I have done a slipcover and made a slideshow of how the slipcover was done. In the middle of the slideshow there are some pictures of how this tuck-in process was done. Watch the slideshow a few times to better understand the process. You can stop the slideshow at any point to study any of the pictures.
To view the slipcover slideshow that shows the process, click here, or click on the picture below: