How to make a chair cover!

You know how hard it can be to get your home looking good if you’re a housewife. You can renew your chairs and decorate your house with new looks for events. This article will show you an easy way of making a chair cover for your room chairs.

Making a chair cover sounds like a complicated task, but it’s pretty simple. Chair covers can be made from several different fabrics. 

Styles Of Chair Covers

1. Tucked Style

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Tuck all four corners of the back piece of the chair cover into the corresponding spot on each side. This will make your chair covers look like loosely fitted pillowcases.

2. Overlapping Style

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Sew one side of the front piece to the top edge of both sides of the back piece at a time, overlapping them slightly. This will make your chair covers look like loosely fitted shower curtains.

3. Ruffled Style

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Sew the back piece as you would for a tucked style and then sew the front pieces on loosely with double thread, leaving about an inch of overlap on each side. This will make your chair covers look like loose fitted pouches or pillowcases.

4. Ruffled Style With Ties

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Sew the back piece as you would for a tucked style and then sew the front pieces on loosely with double thread, leaving about an inch of overlap on each side. Sew ties onto both sides of the back piece before sewing them into place to give your chair covers just that little bit extra length.

5. Ruffled Style With Pleats

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Sew the back piece as you would for a tucked style and then sew the front pieces on loosely with double thread, leaving about an inch of overlap on each side. Once the ties are in place, make a pinched pleat between each tie to add a little more length.

6. Ruffled Style With Ruffles

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Sew the back piece as you would for a tucked style and then sew the front pieces on loosely with double thread, leaving about an inch of overlap on each side.

Once the ties are in place, make small gathered folds up towards to top edge of the fabric between each tie.

7. Ruffled Style With Frills

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Sew the back piece as you would for a tucked style and then sew the front pieces on loosely with double thread, leaving about an inch of overlap on each side. 

Once the ties are in place, make small gathered folds up towards the top edge of the fabric between each tie. Then make smaller scrunchy gathers between each of the larger ones

Material Needed

Fabric for the chair cover

2 stretchy cotton fabrics or ribbons to use as ties

Sewing machine with thread and needle

Scissors

Sewing pins (optional) 

Measuring tape     

Steps For Making A Chair cover

Step 1

 Measure the back of your chair from top to bottom and add 1-4 inches to this measurement.

Step 2

Measure the width of the seat portion of the chair from left to right and add 1-4 inches to this measurement.

Step 3

 Cut out all pieces for your project desired style (tucked, overlapped, etc.)

Step 4

Sew the ties onto the right side of the back piece using a slip stitch. If you use ribbon, fold both pieces in half and sew them together with double thread to make two loops for your ties.

Step 5

With one tie on each side still held out, begin sewing/pinning the front piece to the back piece at the top edge, with right sides facing each side.

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Step 6

Continue to pin/sew around the entire circumference of the chair cover. Sew the bottom edge closed last after completing all other seams.

Step 7

Once you’ve sewn all your seams together and your chair cover is completely finished, try it on over your chair to see if it fits.

If not, then adjust your seams accordingly until it does. When you are satisfied with the fit of your chair cover, hem the bottom edges by turning them under once and sewing them closed.

Step 8

Sew two ties onto each side of your finished chair cover using a slip stitch or overhand stitch for extra durability.

Step 9

Sit back and relax in your snazzy new chair cover!

Tips For Making A Chair Cover

Remember to buy enough fabric so that the front of the chair cover can be sewn in place.

You may want to pin your ties before sewing them onto the back of your fabric if you are worried about them slipping out of place during the process.   

Finish off your slip stitches by knotting them before cutting the loose ends. This will ensure that they don’t come undone after you’ve put the chair cover together.

Don’t forget to buy ties! Keeping a slip-stitched tie secure and straight is difficult, so using either cotton or ribbon is your best bet.   

Make sure that both sides of the seam are stitched before cutting off the top excess fabric and knotting it in place.

It is important to know how much fabric is needed when purchasing your supplies.

When making a chair cover for a larger seat, add an extra three inches on each side and in the back for any excess fabric that may not be used because of the seams.

Sewing with unusual fabrics can take practice, so let your sewing machine dictate the pace.

Sew as many ties as you see fit, depending on the type of chair cover you are making and how much support you want for your slip-stitched seams.

Make sure your fabric is large enough to be able to sew up all four sides before cutting off any excess lengths and knotting them in place.

You can add an interesting and unique design or pattern to your fabric by using a small piece of cloth as a template on the back, placing it in the center of your fabric, and drawing around it before cutting it out.

How To Make Removable Chair Covers

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Making removable chair covers is a simple process that makes it easy to switch out your chair covers as often as you like.

Get two pieces of fabric for each side of the chair’s back and two more pieces for each side of the front so that they can be switched out more easily.

Sew one side completely, leaving the top open, before cutting any fabric off.

Sew-on ties to keep it in place if desired.

Cut the excess fabric off one side and open up your cover to make it removable.

You can now switch out your chair covers more easily by simply pulling this side off at a time.

Sew the other side on so that it is removable, and you can switch out both covers with ease.

How You Can Make Your Chair Covers Long Lasting

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Use an upholstery needle to sew your seams shut by hand for extra durability and protection against the elements.

Sew-on ties at the top of each seam using a slip stitch or overhand stitch for maximum support and peace of mind that they won’t come undone after you’ve sewn them into place.

Hem the bottom of your covers by turning them under before sewing them closed so they won’t fray apart.

Finish off all loose ends of the thread and cut them short for extra durability.

Use a strong upholstery thread when you sew on your ties, especially if you are adding them to an already finished slip-stitched seam, for an extra layer of protection and durability against the elements.

Add ties to both sides of your chair cover; if they don’t already, come with them attached for even more support and peace of mind that those seams aren’t going anywhere.

Use cotton or ribbon ties, rather than other types of thread or string, for extra durability and protection against the elements.  

Make sure you buy enough fabric to be able to sew up all four sides before cutting off any excess lengths and knotting them in place so that you won’t have to worry about fraying or loose ends in the future.

If you’ve never made a chair cover before, use muslin as your practice fabric first to get the hang of it before using your actual materials.

Only use cotton, linen, or other natural fabrics when making a chair cover, as synthetic fabrics will not last long when exposed to the elements.

Hand sewing is recommended for added durability and peace of mind against the elements.  

Adding ties to both sides makes it that much more difficult for your chair covers to come undone after you’ve sewn them into place.

Make sure you don’t sew on any ties where the seams meet because they will be nearly impossible to undo if you do.

Final Words

Now that you know how to make a chair cover, nothing is stopping you from making as many as your heart desires and changing them with the seasons or whenever you feel like it! Get creative and enjoy spending time with your family by enjoying meals on beautiful new dining room chairs.  

To conclude, making a chair cover is simple and easy to do. Once you have finished your project, enjoy your new cushion! 

FAQ's

Q. How do I make removable chair covers?

A. You simply sew one side of the back piece to each side of the front piece but leave a small spot open so that you can tuck it inside. This will leave one side completely sewn together and one side with an opening in the seam, allowing you to switch out your chair covers with ease.

Q. How long does it take to make a chair cover?

  1. It generally takes about an hour to sew together, but this will depend on the size of the chair you are trying to cover and how big your seam allowance is and if you choose to add ties or not.

Q: Can I use a sewing machine to make a chair cover?

A: Yes! You can use either a regular sewing machine or a serger for all of the above styles of chair covers. If you are using an actual sewing machine, it is recommended that you finish off your seam allowances with pinking shears, so don’t fray in place before cutting out your pieces.

Q: How do I keep my chair covers from slipping out of place?

A: If you are concerned about keeping your chair covers in place, simply put slip stitches along with each seam allowance before cutting the fabric to get a secure hold. These also add a nice decorative touch, so it’s an added bonus!   

Q: How do I remove my chair covers?

A: Simply pull off the top piece of fabric, then the bottom, and it will come right off! If you choose to add ties to your chair covers, keep in mind that these will need to be cut before removal.