How to Make Your Own Simple Chair Covers
When you want to change the color or pattern on your chairs, you don’t have to call an upholsterer; here’s how to make your own pattern to make simple chair covers. I hate sewing and don’t have a pattern, so I decided to make slipcovers for my chairs.
1. Measure the Chairs
We took measurements of the chairs to figure out how much fabric you’ll need; if your fabric has a large pattern, try to match up the lines as much as possible to avoid wasting fabric.
2. Pick Fabric
Start by choosing a fabric for your car upholstery; you can use almost anything, but I went with heavy-duty fabric for mine because I wanted them to keep their shape and withstand wear and tear from the kids and dog.
3. Make a Pattern
Mark your measurements with a pencil or chalk on the back side of the fabric, then create your pattern. My fabric has a subtle pattern, but it was a lot easier to work with. Remember to leave a couple of inches along the bottom of the chair so you can hem the entire piece.
4. Cut the Fabric
Allow an inch around each edge for seam allowance; this is the edge that will be on the inside and will prevent the seams from unraveling.
5. Fit and Pin the Pattern
Pin the pieces together around the chair’s edges with straight pins, then stitch the entire line you’ve made with your pins with your sewing machine, pulling each pin out as you go.
How do you make a high chair cover?
- Step 1: Measure the High Chair and Create a Pattern.
- Step 2: Buy the Fabric.
- Step 3: Cut the Fabric.
- Step 4: Cut the Straps.
- Step 5: Sew the Straps.
- Step 6: Pin and Sew the Sides.
- Step 7: Iron the Cover.
What material is used for chair covers?
Cotton is a breathable, absorbent fabric that is best used in a home without young children; otherwise, water-resistant seat covers can be placed over the children’s chairs to keep them spill- and stain-free.
How do you slipcover a chair as a sheet?
Using Sheets to Make Chair Covers
- Drape the sheet over the chair, pinching one side and safety pinning it from top to bottom down the side.
- Place ribbon around the base of the chair where the backing meets the seat, wrapping it around the base and tying a large bow in the back.
How can I make my slipcover fit better?
What Are the Time-Honored Methods for Keeping Slipcovers in Place?
- Foam rolls and pool noodles.
- Upholstery pins.
- A DIY version of the upholstery pins is to sew Velcro strips to the couch and slipcover to secure them to each other.
- Additional stuffing.
What material is best for chair covers?
Fibers are a type of material that can be
- Cotton u2013 breathable, comfortable, and affordable.
- Linen u2013 Very strong and breathable, and classic.
- Wool u2013 Luxurious, great texture and feel, keeps its shape, less stain resistant u2013 look for stain resistance treatment or a blend.
What is the best fabric for seat covers?
- Velour. Velour is the most common material for seat covers.
- Jacquard. Like velour, jacquard is not waterproof or extremely durable.
- Canvas. Canvas is the most durable of all the fabrics, and it is the preferred choice for trades vehicles, trucks, and agricultural vehicles.
- Leather Look.
What is the most durable fabric for upholstery?
Microfiber, aside from leather, is one of the most durable fabrics; make sure it’s 100 percent polyester so it won’t stain, fade, or leave water marks if you spill something on it. It’s also easy to clean and holds up well.
How do you cover a chair cover without wrinkles?
How to Prevent Wrinkles in Chair Covers by Hanging Them
- Grasp each chair cover by the top edge and gently shake it out.
- Place the chair cover over the drapery hanger in the same way you would a chair.
- Keep each chair cover on the hanger clean by covering it with a plastic dry-cleaner bag.
- Hang the hangers from a closet bar to store the chair covers.
Are chair covers tacky?
Chair covers aren’t tacky; it’s a matter of personal preference, and sometimes a choice between the chairs and the chair covers.
How do you make a simple chair cover?
Simple Chair Covers: How to Make Your Own
- Measure the Chairs. First, measure your chairs to determine how much fabric you’ll need.
- Pick Fabric. Next, choose your fabric.
- Create a Pattern. Finally, create your pattern.
- Cut the Fabric. Now cut out your pieces.
- Fit and Pin the Pattern.
- Sew it Together.
- Fit and Adjust.
- Hem and Trim.