How to Make Slipcovers for Chairs

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Slipcovers keep chairs clean, increasing their lifespan and appearance. You can make slipcovers to coordinate with different holiday schemes, room colors and other festive looks when you would like the chairs to match the rest of the decor. Slipcovers are easy to make. By making them yourself, you can get exactly the look you want.

Things You'll Need

  • Sewing machine
  • Muslin
  • Fabric
  • Pins
  • Tape measure
  • Measure your chairs. Measure the height, width and length of each chair's back and seat-cushion area. Purchase some muslin fabric. Cut the fabric to the desired measurements, plus half an inch more on all sides. These pieces will be your mock fabric to make a pattern.

  • Pin the muslin to the chairs and check to make sure it fits as desired. Cut away any excess fabric besides the 1/2-inch extra. Remove the mock pattern and sew it together on a sewing machine. You should now have a complete muslin chair cover. Put the muslin cover on the chair. Pull it to make it fit. If all is well, remove the cover and take out the seams.

  • Find a fabric that you like and that will coordinate with your decor. Make sure the fabric has some stretch to it but is not too difficult to work with. Avoid overly heavy fabrics as they will be difficult to sew. Lay the fabric out, wrong-side up. Pin the muslin to the wrong side of the fabric.

  • Cut out the fabric around the edge of the muslin template so you have a fabric pattern just the same as the muslin. Sew the fabric together at the seam lines, like that of the muslin template. The half-inch give on each side is the allowance for the seams. After the seams are all sewn, cut off any excess material. Don't forget to hem the edges.

  • Turn the cover inside out so the fabric is right-side out. Pull the cover over the chair and pull at the edges to ensure a proper fit. That's it! You just made a slipcover for your chair.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose machine-washable fabrics.
  • Be careful not to shrink the covers in the dryer when cleaning.

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