How to Make a Bench Cover

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This simple project will transform a basic bench to match your decor with the seasons, holidays or special events. If you have a bench with no back or arms, this bench cover will work like a slip cover with flaps. Its construction is easy to assemble with simple measurements and straight-line sewing. This bench cover is a good beginner sewing project that will give successful results in a short amount of time.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper Masking tape Yardstick Pencil Bench cover fabric (amount determined by bench size) Lining fabric (amount determined by bench size) Scissors Measuring tape Straight pins Sewing machine Hand sewing needle and thread Iron
  • Measure the dimensions of the bench seat. Tape newspaper together with masking tape to create a sheet big enough to draw the bench seat pattern on. Using a yardstick as a straight edge, draw the bench seat dimensions on the newspaper and cut out. Pin the pattern to one layer of the bench cover fabric and one layer of the lining fabric and cut out.

  • Measure the length of the bench and the front or back height of the bench. Add an inch to both dimensions for the front and back bench cover pieces. Cut front and back bench cover pieces from the bench cover fabric and front and back pieces from the lining fabric. You will have two pieces from the bench cover fabric and two pieces from the lining fabric.

  • Measure the width of the bench ends and the height of the bench. Add an inch to both dimensions for the end bench cover pieces. Cut two ends from the bench cover fabric and two ends from the lining fabric.

  • Lay the seat piece that was cut from the bench cover fabric right-side up on your work surface. Place the front piece from the bench cover fabric face down on the seat piece. Match one long edge and pin. Place the back piece from the bench cover fabric face down on the seat piece. Match the other long edge and pin. Sew along the pinned edges using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Press the seams open.

  • Lay the sewn seat cover piece right-side up on your work surface. Place an end piece from the bench cover fabric face down on the seat piece. Match one width of the seat to the width of the end piece and pin. Place the other end piece from the bench cover fabric face down on the seat piece. Match the other width of the seat and the width of the end piece and pin. Sew along the pinned edges using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Press the seams open.

  • Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the lining of the bench cover. Note: Leave a 4-inch opening in the middle of one long seam for turning the bench cover.

  • Place the bench cover right side up on your flat work surface. Place the lining cover right-side down on top of the bench cover. Match the inner and outer corners and the edges. Pin the edges together. Sew completely around the pinned edges using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Clip the outer and inner corners. Turn right-side out through the 4-inch opening in the lining. Iron the bench cover. Hand sew the opening closed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use another decorative fabric for the lining to make the bench cover reversible.

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