The next big project that I'm planning to attempt is to make white slip covers for my couch cushions and pillows.
The fabric that's on it now is microfiber which I'm soooo over.
We bought it because supposedly microfiber is great for kids because it doesn't stain easily, and I have to admit that while we've had microfiber couches for almost the whole time we've been married (9 years) and have had zero permanent stains despite 3 kids and 2 dogs (which, yes, is impressive)
this fabric is far from low maintenance.
I am sick of spots like this all over the couch:
Any kind of liquid at all, even water, leaves an ugly ring that I have to scrub with a special cleaner to get out. But guess what?? The cleaner also leaves a ring if I don't scrub at it hard and long enough, so then I have to spray on more cleaner and scrub at that ring....there have been so many times where I'll end up soaking and scrubbing an entire seat cushion just to get out a spot the size of a quarter. It's so frustrating.
And with two toddlers climbing all over the couch and shoving their faces into the cushions while they drool, the couch gets spots on it constantly. It's driving me nuts.
I want normal fabric that I can use a regular spot cleaner on when stains happen. And better yet, that I can take off and throw in the wash whenever I want so that the couch is always clean.
I've been reading up on lots of different opinions on this, and I've decided that I want white fabric because then I can wash it as harshly as I need to and pour straight bleach over any stains. I buy white towels for that same reason, so I figure it also makes sense for slipcovers.
When it comes to slip covers I definitely like ones that fit tightly like this-
as opposed to looser, drapey ones like this:
My plan is not to cover the entire couch though- just the seat cushions and back pillows.
I'm leaving the leather parts alone.
I won't be getting started till sometime after we get back from Florida. We leave in a little over a week.
I also can't get started until I find affordable, durable, and washable white upholstery fabric. That's been a little bit challenging! But I'm on the hunt because I'm anxious to get this project started!