Slipcovering into something more comfortable

Monday, September 17, 2001 at 1:00am

If you're like me, you want to get going on projects in the house now before you're swimming in tinsel. Why not slip into fall with slipcovers?

Slipcovering isn't as mystifying a skill as you might suppose. To learn more, I spoke to Lynn von Conta, proprietor of Red House in Putnam, Conn., a tearoom that also carries eclectic antiques and has a slipcover and window treatment service.

Lynn points out that you must preshrink your slipcover materials, including welting cord, if you want to be able to toss them in the wash. Here's her magic formula: Wash on warm, dry on warm.

Have a little fun with fabric combinations, urges Lynn. For instance, combine a woolen slipcover with corduroy or plaid welting. Lynn avoids using unsightly zippers at all costs, but if they must be used, she conceals them under a flap and sews buttons

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