Tartan Christmas Chair Covers Refresh a Table for Christmas
These Christmas chair covers are a last minute refresh for our Christmas table. Have you ever owned a piece of furniture that made you panic when it showed signs of wear? I still love the table as the middle leaf flips out from inside the table so its adjustable and there is no table leaf to deal with. Unfortunately the chairs finish is wearing and it looks very out of place in our open floor plan home.
Like most of us I am beyond busy this time of year, so I needed to make something really fast and not too elaborate to cover them. The bright red tartan is perfect for Christmas and the strong pattern distracts from the worn chairs. These chairs worked as a quick solution until I refinish the tableset.
How to Make DIY Chair Covers with Sashes
6 metres (yards) fabric for 4 chairs
See through large garbage bag (I used blue recycling bags)
Scissors, pins, and a sewing machine.
Creating the Custom Sized Pattern and Cutting
You may prefer to measure your chairs to figure out the chair cover size, but as I am tired and want something super easy I suggest using a see-through large blue garbage bag. The bag makes it easier to visualize and if there are curves you can make adjustments using a felt marker.
Cutting Chair Cover Back Fabric
Start by pre-washing and ironing all the fabric. I know its a pain when were rushed and just want to get something made, but it really can affect the final quality of your sewing project. Please don’t skip this step.
Lets begin by figuring out the size of the pattern pieces.
Place the bag over your chair and pull it tight like a chair cover. Mark the outline of the side and hem with a jiffy marker. Remove from the chair and keep handy.
Lay one layer of material good side up. Place your pattern on the material and mark out one inch past the edges and two inches at the bottom for seams and hems.
Cut your material. You will need two basic rectangles for each chair, all the same size.
Making Bow Sashes for the Chair Covers
To determine the width of your sashes, measure the length of your chair cover. Mine was 16 inches. Divide the measurement in half (8″) and add 1 inch (9″) for seam allowance. This will be the height of your fabric pieces.
The length of the sashes is determined by the width of your material. My material is 54 inches wide. If your material is a bit wider or narrower its fine, it will just affect the length of the tails on your bow.
Cut four 9″ inch wide strips for each chair.a
Finish the edges of all your cut fabric pieces. Sew around all the material edges with a serger or a zig zag stitch, this will prevent unravelling and loose threads.
Pin your sash material good sides together. Sew the two long seams and one short seam, leaving the remaining short seam open.
Once sewn turn right side out. Push the corners out as much as possible. Iron.
Sewing the Chair Cover
Start by creating the hem. Take a chair back pieces, good side down. Fold the bottom edge up once, and then once more. Iron flat and sew. Repeat for all the other chair back pieces.
Assembling the Chair Covers
You want to make sure that the bows are on the outside of the chair cover.
Place one of the hemmed squares good side up on the table. Find the center of the side seams, place the center of the bow ties in the center of the chair back seam. Refer to the image above for placement. Once you have the sash in place, cover with the second hemmed square good side down.
Place your homemade see-through pattern on top of the chair cover, Pin everything in place. Place your see-through pattern over top and confirm the chair dimensions are good.
Sew closed. Turn inside out, place on the chair and tie ribbon.
Hope you love these as much as I do.
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If you interested in white decor or a chair cover without sashes you may want to take a look at these White Christmas Chair Covers.