Do you believe in fate? Or do you believe life is a series of coincidences? The fabric on our new daybed makes me believe in fate! Never in a million years did I imagine the perfect fabric for my pirate-themed playroom would have “marine” in the name. How perfect is that for an underwater-themed room?! And, on top of that, the darkest blue in the fabric is an almost identical match to the blue I painted on the walls. It was meant to be!

DIY Removable Daybed Cover

I think some of you were skeptical when I placed this very modern, steel-based daybed in the playroom. It looked cold and uninviting, but I had a vision. The warm wood rolling storage crates were just the first step of the plan. They definitely warmed up the look, but I knew a new cover for the daybed would make this space amazing.

DIY Removable Tailored Daybed Cover

I hate to boast, but I kind of feel like this corner of my home should be in a magazine now (minus the fact that there is no good light in here for photography)! The new daybed cover brings this space to life! It completes the modern whimsical pirate look I imagined all along.

First things first, the fabric. I know you are dying to know what this gorgeous fabric is and where I got it. Well, the story starts years ago before we even started the basement project and conceived of this playroom. I first fell in love with this fabric print when Jonathan Adler was using it to upholster chairs. The print is so striking. It falls somewhere between a damask and an ikat, but it is all modern! I love the star like shapes in the brighter color. Oh, this fabric just makes my heart sing, and I knew someday this print would be mine.

A couple of months ago, I teamed up with OnlineFabricStore to recover the daybed. As I was browsing through their amazing selection, there it was…Robert Allen New Damask in Marine in 100% cotton home decor weight. It was the same print I fell in love with at the Jonathan Adler store years before (in Graystone), but in a colorway that was beyond perfect for the playroom. I could not place my order fast enough!

Once I found my dream fabric, I had to decide exactly how I wanted to cover the daybed cushion.  The thing is, this is a very nice daybed from Room & Board.  We will probably keep it forever, but it will probably not stay in a playroom for ever.  The existing upholstery is in great shape, but too boring for the playroom.  I did not want to permanently recover it.  For a while, I thought of taking the easy way out and just covering it with a fitted twin bed sheet, since it is almost the same size.  I just couldn’t disgrace these beautiful piece of furniture that way.  I wanted to keep a tailored look.

With requirements like removable and tailored, I had my work cut out for me.  I wanted the ease and removability of a fitted sheet, but the style of a well-upholstered piece.  After a bit of brainstorming, I settled on creating a fitted sheet type cover, but adding a little something to make it special.  The result looks like a custom upholstered piece, but I can pull it off just like a sheet for cleaning or to return the daybed to its original state.  See…here is the underside:

DIY Removable Tailored Daybed Cover

It is the large self-welt detail on the top and bottom of the cushion that gives the cover an upholstered look.  The good news is this method is even easier than creating a welting or piping.  This cover was made with one piece of continuous fabric, cotton cording, and simple hand-quilting.  It fits on the daybed like a fitted sheet and removes just as easily.  I made my cover from new fabric, but the welting detail could be added to an existing cover, too.

DIY Removable Tailored Daybed Cover

Tutorial

Supplies:

  • 54-60″ wide Fabric
  • 1″ Cotton Cording (usually in the upholstery section of the fabric store)
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Needle
  • 5/8″ Elastic
  • Sewing Machine and/or serger

Fabric and Notion Measurements:

This cover is made from one large piece of fabric.  To cut the fabric the right size measure the width, length, and depth of your cushion.  Then cut a piece of fabric that is:

(width + 2 times depth + 12″) x (length + 2 times depth + 12″)

My cushion measured 35″ wide, 73″ long, and 5″ deep.  Based on those measurements, I cut my fabric piece to be 57″ wide (35″ cushion width + 2(5″ cushion depth) + 12″) x 95″ long (73″ cushion width + 2(5″ cushion depth) + 12″).  My fabric was only 54″ wide, but with the selvedge it was 57″ total.  The raw selvedge edges will end up on the underside of the cushion.

Robert Allen New Damask Fabric in Marine

For the elastic you need about 1.5 x (length + width) of your cushion.

For the cotton cording you need 4 x (length + width) of your cushion.

Step by Step:

1.  Cut a notch out of all four corners of your fabric.  First, fold the fabric into fourths, so all four corners are together.  Cut a notch out that measures the depth of your cushion + 6 inches.  In the case of my 5″ depth cushion, I cut my notches 11 x 11″ square.

DIY Removable Daybed Cover

2.  Finish the raw edges of your fabric.  Since I had the selvedge on both long sides of my fabric, I only had to finish the two short ends.  Either hem or use an overlock stitch.  I used my serger to finish the raw edges.

DIY Removable Daybed Cover

3.  Sew the notches together to form the corner of the cushion cover.  To do this, start with your fabric face up.

DIY Removable Daybed Cover

Fold your fabric on the diagonal, until the two edges of the notch meet.

DIY Removable Daybed Cover

Stitch 1/4″ in from the edge or use an overlook stitch (shown here), to form the corner.

DIY Removable Daybed Cover

The finished corner will look like below.  Repeat for the other 3 corners.

DIY Removable Daybed Cover

4.  Create a casing around the entire bottom edge for the elastic.  Do this by folding under the bottom edge and sewing 3/4″ in from the fold.  Make sure to leave a 6″ opening in the seam to insert the elastic.  Do not insert the elastic, yet.

5.  Put the cover on the daybed cushion and ensure a good fit.

6.  Remove the cushion cover and lay the cotton cording along the edge of the cushion top.  Use a few straight pins, if necessary, to hold it temporarily in place.  Put the cushion cover back on over the cotton cording.  Remove the temporary pins and reinsert them from the top of the cover fabric, if necessary to hold the cotton cording in place.

7.  Hand quilt the cotton cording onto the fabric.  This sounds way more intimidating than it is.  Thread your needle, pulling the thread through to meet the tail end (double thread).  Knot the two tails together.  Bring your needle up from the bottom of the fabric just above the cotton cording.

8.  To stitch the cording in place, you need to make small stitches above and below the cording.  Make sure along the way you do not catch the actual cushion underneath.  It is easiest to put your needle through the back edge of the cording to avoid inserting it through the daybed cushion.

If you are right-handed, you will likely be most comfortable working from right to left.

First, angle your needle down at 45-degrees from right to left and insert it through the top back edge of the cotton cording (indicated by the dotted lines in the graphic below) and bring it out the bottom back edge of the cording.

Second, make a small stitch (about 1/8″) and re-insert the needle at the bottom back edge of the cording angled up at 45-degrees from right to left.

Third, make a small stitch (about 1/8″) and re-insert the needle at the top back edge of the cording angled down at 45-degrees from right to left.

DIY removable daybed cover

Continue in this pattern all the way around the top cushion edge.  Make sure you are positioning the cording under the fabric at the cushion edge as you go along.  When your thread runs out, pull it through to the back, knot, and start a new thread.

This is what the finished cording looks like stitched on the inside of the cover:

Cording-inside-cover

While topside, it looks like this:

DIY-daybed-cover-1

9.  Insert the elastic in the casing on the bottom of the cover, before adding the cording to the bottom edge.  This will ensure a nice tight fit.  Attach a safety-pin to one end of the elastic and feed it through the casing starting at the 6″ opening in the seam.  Feed it all the way around until you come out the other side of the opening.  Pull the elastic tight and tie the two ends in a double knot to secure.

elastic-cover

It will look just like a fitted sheet when you finish.

DIY Removable Tailored Daybed Cover

10.  Insert the cotton cording for the bottom under the edge of the cover and push it into place at the bottom edge of the cushion cover.

11.  Repeat step 8 to hand stitch the bottom cording in place.   When you are done, you will have a self-welt effect on the top and bottom of your cushion.

cushion-corner

Voila!  An upholstered look that is easily removable…just like changing the sheets! 

DIY removable Daybed Cover

I took my youngest with me to shop for some new pillows to dress up the daybed and make it a cozy spot to snuggle and read.  I used leftover fabric to make an easy envelope pillow cover for the large 26″ pillow in the back. The two turquoise pillows are Sanela velvet pillows covers from Ikea with some of my secret cheap pillow inserts.  I made the yellow textured pillow from a body pillow cover I found on clearance at Target.  And, the studded pillow was Jax’s pick.  I normally don’t buy pillow covers, but at only $12 for a studded pillow cover with down insert, I was sold.

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I love how the yellow pillow ties in with some of the yellow accents on the nearby gallery wall.  And the pretty turquoise in the fabric coordinates with the DIY striped school-house light.  Oh, how I love when a plan comes together!

Pirate Playroom

A Favorite Fabric Source

Many have asked me to share my favorite sources for fabric and I have hesitated to do so. For any online retailer to be considered one of my favorites it has to not only have great products, but the website must be well designed and useable. Unfortunately, the second part escapes most online fabric stores. I am happy to share one favorite fabric source that gets it all right, OnlineFabricStore.net.

There are three issues I typically find when shopping online for fabric:

  1. Bad or small pictures of the fabric swatch.
  2. A large collection, but search and filters are poor making browsing the fabric collection impossible.
  3. Badly designed website, both aesthetically and functionally, with a very cluttered and confusing layout.

I love shopping OnlineFabricStore because they have:

  1. Large, clear pictures of the fabric both while browsing and on the individual product page. onlinefabricstoreproductpage
  2. A vast collection with easy to use search and filters to make browsing enjoyable. My favorite filters are by color and by design.  Everything under the geometric design category is my favorite! onlinefabricstoregeometricdecorfabric
  3. A clean, minimal, uncluttered website design that makes the fabrics stand out.

And, because they are so awesome, the lovely folks at Online Fabric Store are offering each of you a coupon to try it out for yourselves. Now through October 7th, get $5 Off orders over $50 (plus free shipping on orders over $50 within contiguous US) when you use code: TEALANDLIME5

Disclosure: OnlineFabricStore provided me with the fabric used in this post.  The fabric selection, project, and all comments in this post are my own.

 

37 Responses to DIY Removable Tailored Day Bed Cover & A Favorite Online Fabric Source

  1. Wow! I am so impressed with your sewing skills! This project looks amazing!! I definitely agree that your house should be in a magazine!

  2. As usual, this is amazing!! Who knew it was that easy to add cording or elastic? I definitely need to up my sewing skills!

    This reminds me of a similar daybed cover at World Market (http://www.worldmarket.com/product/dusk+blue+burlap+mattress+cover.do?&from=fn). I have the same daybed and fell in love with the cover, but when I saw it in the store, it looked sloppy (it wasn’t fitted quite right and always looked loose). Right now I have a queen size quilt that I’ve tucked around the mattress to give a somewhat similar look, but it’s not really working either. I think I may try this instead. You made it look so easy!

    • Jackie says:

      Nikki, This would be perfect for bringing a little more structure to your daybed cover. The piping look just takes it to another level!

  3. Thistle says:

    Love this idea! And the cording….brilliant!

    Happy day to you!
    karianne

  4. julia says:

    you have made my entire week, maybe my month!! I bought a bunch of this fabric a few months ago and do not have enough to complete my project, and the store no longer carries it, and I had no idea where to find more!! thanks so much!

  5. Heather says:

    This really should be in a magazine. Seriously this is fabulous! I love every detail.

  6. Jen says:

    I have been meaning to come back and comment on this awesomeness! Seriously, you astound me daily! Love the fitted, clean lines of the slipcover. Looks so professional and the pattern is just brilliant! Way to go my friend! Way to go!

  7. Wow, your tutorial is so clear and easy, I feel like even a beginner sewist like me could conquer this. Also, I heart Online Fabric Store, and love the fabric you worked with. It’s almost like it was made for that space! Brava, Jackie!

  8. Genius, Jackie! I love how your tutorials are so detailed and easy to follow. :) And I really adore this corner of your playroom … so customized and pulled together.

    Oh, and I love OFS too … my favorite go-to online fabric shop!

  9. Judy says:

    Great job. Love the BIg Cording look. Definitely elevates the cover into the professional realm. (I can say this because I have sewn a few covers for my outdoor daybed and yours loks WAY better.)

  10. Stephanie Hack says:

    Where is the daybed from? I love it!

  11. Carli Eklund says:

    Curious where you purchased the metal daybed?

  12. Stephanie says:

    I am making a daybed cover using your instructions. I love it! I am working on the top cording and not sure how to mange the corners. Any tips?
    Thank you.

    • Jackie says:

      Stephanie, I would love to help. Can you be more specific about what challenge your are having in the corners? I wrapped the cording around the corners and put several extra stitches around the corner to help it keep it’s shape.

  13. Stephanie says:

    Jackie
    I figured it out. I completed and love my daybed cover! Thank you for your great blog and instructions!

  14. Katie says:

    Thanks so much for this helpful instruction! I have had a daybed from World Market for over a year, still in unfinished muslin because I didn’t like the original fabric. I have longed to make my own structured cover, but I know only rudimentary had sewing techniques. I plan to take a class in sewing basics. I wonder if you think I could create something like this with basic skills? Also, what sewing machine do you recommend for a new learner? Thanks again!

    • Jackie says:

      Katie,

      This is a really easy project. The longest steps were threading the elastic in the casing and the hand sewing of the cording. You could make this without the cording as well. The sewing is just straight line :)

  15. Cassie says:

    I love this daybed frame! Do you remember where you bought it? Thanks!

  16. Jill says:

    Where did you find the boxes that you used for rolling storage under the bed? Love that idea!

  17. Melody Bowles says:

    I love your cushion cover. Amazing. Please explain how you came up with adding the extra 6″ to the 5″ depth. I am not a math person so I am trying figure out why 6″. Help!

    • Jackie says:

      Thank you Melody. The extra six inches on the sides is to wrap around the bottom of the cushion, like a fitted bed sheet. Hope that helps.

  18. Jill says:

    Can you tell me where you got the metal daybed frame?

  19. Amber says:

    Hi! I just wanted to tell you how great this cover looks. I happened upon your project while looking for a way to make a slipcover for the 3 seat cushions on my white sofa. I wanted something that had a little more style then a fitted sheet yet still easy to remove and clean on a regular basis. I think the 1in cording might be too much so I bought 1/4in instead. What do you think!

    • Jackie says:

      Amber, I am sure it will look great. It might be a little trickier to keep straight as you stitch it in, so pin it well.

  20. Gemma says:

    Hi, just wanted to say a huge thanks for the clear and perfect tutorial! Made my daybed cover last night and am totally in love with it! I tralled online for days not finding what I was looking for when I stumbled on your blog and I am so glad I did! my cover finishes the room off perfectly!

  21. javaughn says:

    Ok, Im not really lazy-just can’t sew…could I just use a fitted sheet…like a flannel one? What do you all think?

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