How to Make a Chair Cover Pattern

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Slipcovers are a simple way to add personality to your kitchen or dining room chairs. Plain wooden chairs with little decoration are good candidates for slipcovers.

This particular slipcover is draped over the back of the chair and secured with two ties on each side. It also features a soft interlining that will add a little padding to the slipcover. The pattern is simple to create and once made it can be used to create several styles of slipcovers with varying colors and fabric patterns.

How to Make a Chair Cover Pattern
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Things You'll Need

  • Tape Measure
  • Butcher paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Lining fabric
  • Soft interlining
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
Step 1

Determine how far you wish the slipcover to come down the chair. Run the tape measure up the back of the chair, down the front, across the length of the chair and down the front of the chair. Add an additional 1 inch for seam allowance.

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Step 2

Measure the widest part of the chair; add an additional 3 inches for seam allowance.

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Step 3

Using your measurements, trace the pattern onto a piece of butcher paper or large sheet of paper. This can be used as the guide for each slipcover made.

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Step 4

Drape the paper pattern over the chair and ensure that you are satisfied with the length; adjust measurements and re-cut pattern as necessary.

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Step 5

Mark the paper pattern where you would like the ties to be, normally near the base of the chair back and about 4 inches from the top.

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Step 1

Pin the paper pattern to the upholstery fabric and cut out. Cut out eight ties measuring 1 ½ inches by 12 inches.

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Step 2

Pin the paper pattern to the soft interlining fabric and draw the outline. Cut interlining 5/8 inches smaller than the fabric, all around.

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Step 3

Lay the upholstery fabric wrong-side up and place the interlining fabric on top. Press the upholstery fabric over the edge.

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Step 4

Place the fabric ties in the appropriate place, pointing outward; pin and tack to the upholstery fabric.

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Step 5

Place the lining fabric right-side up on top of the interlining fabric. Tuck the raw edges underneath and pin in place. Sew all pieces together. Repeat steps 1 to 6 for each slipcover.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Although the lining fabric may not be seen much, select a neutral or coordinating color.
  • Add trims and notions, such as ribbons, to slipcover edges for embellishment. Since trimmings tend to be expensive, wait until the fabric or craft store has a sale and stock up. Check with the notions clerk for scraps or remnants that may be sold at drastically reduced prices.
  • If upholstery fabric is unavailable, or you are not happy with the selection, choose heavier weight fabrics for the outer portion of the slipcover.
  • Make sure the pattern is placed straight on the fabric, especially when working with striped fabrics.

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