Is it even Christmas if you didn’t reupholster your sofa in festive fabric?

Yes, that's exactly what I did. I've been back at the sewing machine and have made some Christmassy covers for my Ercol studio couches. Here's what I stitched...

Whether you’ve got a few scatter cushions on your sofa or a whole loose cover couch, why not add a little Christmas cheer to your living room with some new soft furnishings?

To be fair, it wasn’t a huge project to reupholster my two studio couches for Christmas; I already had the original red base covers that came with the daybeds when I first got them a couple of years ago. So really, it was just a case of recovering the big back cushions and some throw pillows.

I’d already re-covered the sofas in bright blue upholstery fabric early last year but, now that Christmas is here, I felt the urge to festivity the sofas. When I found the red base covers tucked away with our festive decorations in the loft, I knew what I had to do…

I’d previously bought some red fabric that matched the base covers almost perfectly but I didn’t have quite enough metres of material to create the number of sofa cushion covers I need. I had upgraded the quality of the back cushions since making the blue covers, so I now had three 3D rectangular back cushions AND four large side pillows to re-cover.

I had enough red fabric for the cushion fronts, but I needed another fabric to cover the backs. I rummaged in my textiles box and dug out an old Christmas duvet cover. I’d already cut it up in the past to use the gingham side as a tablecloth, which left me with a double-bed-sized piece of cotton with a festive stag pattern. I used this for the cushion backs as you can’t really see the backs of the cushions when they’re on the sofa anyway.

When I positioned the big red back cushions and large side cushions on the sofas, I thought they looked perfect – the red fabric was a seamless match for the sofa bases and I actually started to think that I wouldn’t mind having red sofas all year round. I added some plush velvet scatter pillows in forest green for a grown-up festive look.

Even though I was only using the leftover festive duvet fabric for the backs of the cushion covers because that’s all I had in my home at the time, it turned out that luckily, and completely without trying, I managed to pattern-match the backs of the cushions too!

So, I can actually turn the cushions around if I want to level-up the festive-factor of my upholstery even MORE! That’s probably a look that’ll only really suit Christmas week rather than all year round – but it’ll certainly be fun to have sofas that look like they’ve been specifically upholstered just for Christmas. They now have the vibe that Santa went shopping for Ercol sofas in the ’50s haha!

It’s not OTT to have a set of festive sofa covers, right?? Let me know if you’ve created any rather substantial changes to your decor for Christmas in the comments below so that I can feel like I’m not the only one! 😉

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