Sofas are prone to damage and staining over time, especially if they are made with fabric rather than leather.
Even leather sofas can become scratched and worn. As a result of this, it is only natural to want to protect and cover the sofa where possible.
This is particularly useful if you have pets or children, as they can cause damage or staining. While there are many ways in which you can cover a sofa, using a sofa quilt is one of the best options.
Not only do sofa quilts add color and interest in a room, they protect the sofa too. Given that they are not attached to the sofa, they can be easily removed and washed when they are dirty.
While sofa quilts can be purchased online and in stores, it can be disheartening if you cannot find a design that you like. If you are a creative person, you can choose to create your own sofa quilt.
In this article, we will be talking you through the sofa quilt making process, and we will also be discussing whether or not you can use a standard quilt to cover a sofa.
How do I make a sofa quilt?
When thinking about sofa quilts, these are essentially throws or sofa covers that have been made using quilts or bedsheets. If you have found bedsheets with the perfect pattern that will go well with your sofa, getting creative and using them is a great idea.
To create a sofa quilt, you will need to have some basic sewing and cutting skills, especially if you want to make it look as professional as possible. However, even beginners can make this fairly easily. It is not overly complicated to achieve, but it looks impressive.
Before we talk you through the method of making a sofa quilt, here are is everything you will need:
What You Will Need:
- Quilt or bedsheets
- Cotton thread
- Sewing needle or sewing machine
- Measuring tape
- Glue Gun (not essential)
Creating the sofa quilt can be done in the following steps.
When you are choosing the quilt or bed sheets, cotton options tend to be the best. They are easier to work with in comparison to wool. However, you can use the option that is best suited to use. Silk is another great option, but cotton tends to perform the best, and can be washed easily.
Step 1 — Measuring
Before you begin, you will want to measure your sofa to ensure that you have the correct size of bedding. If the bedding is slightly too large, this is a better option as it means it can be cut down to size.
You will want to measure the cushions, the back of the settee and the arms. It is also useful to measure the width and height of the settee too. The more accurate your measurements are, the better the quilt will look.
Step 2 — Draping The Fabric
Before you begin to secure the fabric in place, you will want to drape it onto the sofa. This will give you a better idea of the size that is needed and how much fabric is left over. It will also help you ensure that the shape you have chosen is correct.
When doing this, you will want to ensure that the sheet or quilt is pressed against the sofa, rather than just being placed on top of it. Once you are happy with the shape, you can tuck it into the pillows slightly to ensure that it is as secure as possible.
Step 3 — Pinning The Fabric
Once you are happy with the fabric placement, you will want to temporarily pin it in place. This is useful to do because it allows it to stay in the correct position when you are sewing each section. You can use as many pins as you need.
Step 4 — Sewing The Fabric
The final step is to sew the ends of the fabric together to create the correct shape for the quilt.
We would recommend that you just sew the sheet together over the sofa, rather than sewing it to the sofa. This will allow you to remove the fabric when needed for washing.
Can I use a quilt as a couch cover?
If you are someone that is not as creative, then you will be pleased to know that there are alternative sofa covering options available. You can choose to purchase specific sofa quilts both online and in stores. They come in a wide variety of different colors and sizes.
However, if you are looking to save some cash, you may have wondered whether or not you can use a standard quilt as a couch cover instead. You will be pleased to learn that this is entirely possible, and a normal quilt can be used.
The only thing you will want to be aware of is the size. As quilts are intended to be used as bedding, you may find that the quilt may be too small or too large. You will want to measure the size of the quilt and the settee to choose the best option.
It is always better to choose a quilt that is slightly larger than the sofa because it can be tucked in around the cushions. This will provide more comfort and protection in competition to a quilt that is slightly too small and doesn’t cover the entire sofa.
We hope you have found this article helpful. As you can see, it is fairly easy to create your own quilt couch cover. You just need to have basic sewing and measuring skills in order to do this.
Alternatively, you can choose to use an existing quilt you have if you do not want to create your own. Couch covers can also be purchased in some shops. The only downside here is that it can be difficult to find a size suitable for your sofa.