DIY zipper-free camper cushion slipcover

Well that’s a mouthful title, isn’t it?!  The Mr. has been working so hard on the camper, so I have finally had a chance to work on the cushions in the camper!

A little reminder of the before! (The after is at the end!)

They weren’t horrible, but they had some stains, a tiny tear and a lot of boring-ness. I decided to document my easy way of making some slip covers! Here are my supplies: upholstery fabric (got this stuff at Joann’s half off clearance, so $2 a yard! And I got 7 yards for 3 cushions and the back cushion!), and you’ll also need sewing pins, velcro, sewing machine and scissors. (I also used a serger, but it isn’t necessary!)

Step 1.: cut out your fabric to have about an inch overlap length wise, and I left about 6 inches of extra fabric on the ends. Then, I serged the shorter edges, but you can fold it over and sew it under if you don’t have a serger.

Ends serged

Step 2: I sewed up the length of the fabric and it turned into a long tube! (I used the line of the fabric to keep it straight and about 1 inch seam)

Pin up the edge and sew it into a tube (right sides together)

Step 3: put the long tube back on the cushion to check for fit. It should have overlapped fabric on both ends.

The fabric on the end of the cushion

Step 4: This part is hard to explain, so I’ll just describe it like fold it like a present. (Make sure the bottom of the fabric and bottom of the cushion are facing you!) Fold down the outer piece (it will be the flap that attaches with velcro) about an inch and pin. Then, that pin on top of the cushion is where the velcro will hold the flap shut. Which I found where to put it by pulling the fabric up!

Do this to both ends!

Step 5: Slowly pull the fabric back off of the cushion. It’s not easy, because you want to keep the pins in place! Be patient and realize the longer the cushion, the harder to pull it off!

Slowly remove the fabric!

Step 6: Sew the perimeter of the trapezoid flap and cut velcro to fit. Then sew it on.

Sew the flap then the velcro

Step 7: sew the opposite side of the velcro where you put the pin to match up the velcro. (See photo below tonunderstand placement!)

Step 8: Put the big tube of fabric back on the cushion, and then fold it like it was!

Ready to attach the fabric!

Last step: attach the velcro and look at the beautiful cover that you created!

Back of cushion!

And just last night I was able to recover the backing board and staple the fabric on.

Backing board!

And now the finished project:


I love it!!!  And check out that rooster towel!

How the cushion looks from the front:

Total cost: $14 for all the fabric!

It was a lot of work, but I’m hoping to be able to report back after traveling this summer on how well everything is holding up! Happy sewing!

Working for the weekend!

The weather was above freezing this weekend! So, that means that we were working! We went out and got a truck load full of compost to start getting the pollinator area ready! (The orange line is where the walkway will be!)

Filling in flower areas

We will be putting down lots of cardboard and wood chips that will give the plants plenty of room to expand! And, the Mr. won’t be cutting all that grass! (That was a section of his part to cut, I cut around the house! Didn’t want you all to think I was lazy!)

I also have my gardens all planned out! I’m so excited to get these plants started! I’m going to have a ton of seedlings going in the months to come!

The garden is planned! 

We are finishing up the birdhouse gourds! Look at this beauty:

Birdhouse gourd! 

The Mr. helped me get an idea together. I had a lot extra spoons that I had bought for a different purpose, but we turned one into a plant marker. We are going to use these to mark the flowers in the pollinator garden! (Not sure why he put beans on this one! 😆)

Garden marker! 

And that sun helped us to make lots of power!! We made about 193 kWh in 3 days!!

Solar power! 

The Mr. also installed this vent cover on top of the camper to protect the bed area from rain and weather!

He’s amazingly handy! 

Up next will be this big project! We will be putting up new fencing around the garden and expanding it!

This area is going to be a lot of work! 

I love being able to get my hands dirty and do hard work! I hope that you enjoyed your weekend!! Did you all accomplish any projects?!

Camper Update!

My Mr. has been working feverishly on the camper to get it ready for a trial run this Spring!

Do you remember that original sticky note with what seemed like an endless list of tasks that needed completed? Well look at it now:

Such a hard worker! 

The hot water heater looked like it had seen better days and not cared for properly! But look at that before and after:

New hot water heater! 

He even decided to blacksmith a nice rack of hooks that is right by the bed. Maybe that will help us to not lose so much!

Hand crafted hooks! 

The table was an idea of his. This is where you take out the table and put down the other bed. The problem is where would you put the table when the bed is in use?! So, he made it adjustable and it slides down now so that the bed can be put right over it! Such a great idea!

Changed up the table! 

Next up was what really impressed me! The converter was shot, as in it didn’t power anything anymore! My husband watched countless YouTube videos, questioned both my Dad and brother (both ridiculously handy!) and he was able to rewire it himself! It works perfectly now!

An expensive and tedious power converter redo! 

I have been slightly helpful as well! The curtains were not in awesome shape and needed some new life sewn into them! So, I got clearance fabric and did just that!


Next up for me is to make some slip covers for these!

Slipcovers will be made next! 

Let me just end this by saying that I really appreciate how much time that my Mr. has dedicated to this project! I believe he is just as excited as the boy and myself to travel out west!

And now a question for you all! Where is a good place to visit for a weekend to camp in around western PA, WV or even Virginia? We need to find a place to try out this beast! Thanks all in advance!

No Spend January

Month one of our no spend year went pretty fantastic! The Mr. has managed to not eat out for lunch a single time! He never eats a huge meal, just grabbed a snack here or there. But he’s saving is around $80-$100 a month by just packing! I have also not spent money on eating out for lunch! I will continue to be a packer.

We had to buy a new hot water tank for the camper because the old one was leaking and was original to the camper. I also bought these necessities:

Seeds for the garden (used PayPal money from craft sales!) 
The boy’s birthday cake! (Got it 1/2 off because it was from Christmas!) 
Bought the boy ice cream on his birthday and another for a neighbor that shares his bday! 
Towel for a baby shower gift. Not much money because I crafted it myself! And made the gift wrap! 

I started up a free site for our small town and I have been able to find homes for our no longer needed items. The boy scored some military gear for free in his size! He loved it all!

All free! 

We have been eating at home for every meal and no one has complained yet! The picture below is the best pizza I have made to date, as well as my cinnamon rolls!

Also delicious! 

We were able to drop a little extra down on our mortgage and almost have the truck paid off! Gotta keep that debt snowball rolling!

Next month I am going to see how much money we go into the month with and compare it to what we end the month with. That way I’ll be able to tell you all how much we will be able to put into savings!

Let’s show you the camper!

Two goals for the year all depend on us fixing up an old truck bed camper. We chose this camper because we don’t have to pay to have tags on it, we got a great deal on it, the three of us can fit nicely in it and it really doesn’t need a ton of work! Oh, and did I mention how much money we will save by not staying in expensive hotels!!

It’s safely tucked into the garage for the winter!

The Mr. has managed to already start plugging away at fixing the legs (a previous owner just about ripped them off!) He also patched the holes in the canvas too! (He’s kind of amazing!) However, there’s plenty more to be done!

The toilet/shower: we need to put in storage and get a new shower curtain. The Mr. also will be fixing a leak from the water hose

Tiny bathroom

This is a straight view from the door! The table is up on the bed because a certain child enjoys hanging out in here!

The flooring and cabinets are in great shape, so I won’t be changing them! But, I will show you that interesting fabric up close!

View from the door

The loft/bed area just needs some sprucing up! We plan on buying a cozy comforter set, changing the curtains, and adding more lighting!

The bed/loft area

This is the dining/second bed area. When you put the cushion down, it creates an extra sleeping space. When it’s up, the table slides in the middle. We are looking at making the table area easier to take out/put in. And that fabric will be changed up! It has seen better days and is not comfy!

Dining area/second bed

The tiny kitchen area is pretty great as is! We might put in a new faucet, if it needs it. We also need to figure out storage for reusable cups, plates and silverware! We don’t want to create a lot of trash on our trip!

Tiny kitchen

And then there’s the list! I’m in charge of recovering cushions, making new curtains, adding organizational touches. And the Mr… well, he has a lot of not so fun jobs that I’ll be helping with too!

Quite a list! 

So, now on to what we have already completed: we managed to find a cheap comforter set that’s not girly. 😆

The Mr. forged a nice handle to put on the broken cabinet! It will also be a towel hanger for dishes, or whatnot!


Beautiful towel hanger! 

So, we are going to keep working away at creating a nice space for future vacations! And, we are hoping to use this during Easter break to try it out!! Keep blooming friends!