How to Make Wedding Chair Covers & Draping

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Cover ugly chairs with fabric in your wedding colors.
Cover ugly chairs with fabric in your wedding colors. (Image: chairs in a row image by TMLP from Fotolia.com)

Folding chairs or plain chairs may look too drab for your wedding. You can make them more appealing by covering them with fabric covers or bows. Use fabric in the colors of your wedding to coordinate with ribbon or tulle that drapes down over the back of the chair. These covers are simple and quick to make; each can be made in less than 30 minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric, 1 yard per chair
  • Tulle or ribbon, 4 yards per chair
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

Chair Covers

Measure the back of the chair. Note the width and the height from the top of the back to the seat of the chair.

Cut out two pieces of fabric for each chair, adding 1 inch to the width and height to account for seams when sewing.

Lay two pieces on top of each other with the right sides together. Sew a half-inch seam along the top and two sides.

Turn the cover right side out and fold the bottom edge in half an inch. Sew it down close to the fold. Slide the cover over the back of the chair.

Bows

Cut a length of tulle roughly 4 yards long. It should wrap around the chair back and hang almost to the floor.

Wrap the tulle around the chair back, tying it in a knot at the back of the chair. The tails of the tulle should fall down the back of the chair.

Trim the tulle into points at the end.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use wide ribbon instead of tulle.
  • Tie the tulle or ribbon into a large bow if you prefer more poof on the back of the chair.
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