How to Sew a Slipcover for a Wingback Chair


When sewing slipcovers, it is best to use solid fabrics. For this wingback chair project, it will be easier if you don't match patterns and colors. It is best to choose inexpensive fabrics so that if they become soiled, you can remove them for cleaning or throw them away if necessary. Fabric stores carry many remnants, which can be used to sew slipcovers. If you are an experienced slipcover maker, then feel free to use more expensive fabrics on your project.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric Scissors Sewing machine Thread Measuring tape Velcro (optional)

Sewing Wingback Chair Slipcovers

  • There is no need to use a pattern when sewing slipcovers for wingback chairs. The furniture piece itself will serve as the form for measuring. The main idea is to drape the fabric over the wingback chair, leaving room for tucking or sewing. Pin the fabric to the wingback chair and mark the fabric edges by cutting notches into each piece. This will help to line them up with other pieces when you attempt to either sew or Velcro them together later on.

  • After measuring and notching your pieces, lay them out on the floor or on a large surface so you can match up where the pieces will be sewn together.

  • Next you can either sew the pieces together or simply turn the edges under and attach Velcro to them. This method is much easier to use, especially when attaching wingback pieces and curved arms. Be sure to keep in mind where you want to attach them. Some pieces will require that the Velcro be attached on top of the fabric while others will be attached on the underneath side.

  • Put the slipcover on the wingback chair as you align the fabric with the corresponding area of chair.

  • A skirt can be sewn and attached to the piece even if the chair did not have one previously. Simply measure around the bottom of the chair allowing for extra fabric for pleats or ruffles. Attach the piece with Velcro to the bottom of the chair fabric and the project is finished.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you attach the pieces together using Velcro instead of sewing them together, each piece can be removed separately to clean or replace when needed without having to remove the entire slipcover.

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