DIY Chair Covers Freshen a Table Set for Christmas
Have you ever owned a piece of furniture that made you panic when it showed signs of wear? I really like our basic table and chairs, the table pulls out and the middle leaf flips out from inside the table so its both adjustable and there is no table leaf to deal with. For that function alone this table is worth hanging on to. The chairs are built very solid and strong, but the finish is wearing off badly. The chairs need to have chair covers until I decide what to do with them.
Like most of us I am beyond busy this time of year, so I wanted to make something really fast and not too elaborate to cover them.
How to Make DIY Chair Covers with Sashes
6 metres(yards) fabric
See through large garbage bags (I used blue recycling bags)
These four chair covers with long sashes needed 6 metres (yards) of the fabric. Start by pre-washing and ironing all the fabric.
Creating the Custom Sized Pattern and Cutting
You may prefer to measure your chairs to figure out the chair cover size, my recommended method is 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.
Make the Chair Back
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.
Lay one layer of material face Up. Place your pattern on the material and mark out one inch past the edges and two inches at the bottom to for seams and hems.
Cut your material. For each chair, you will need two squares for the back.
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.
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 side together and sew three seams leaving one short seam open. Once sewn turn right side out. Push the corners out as much as possible. Iron.
Start by creating the hem. Take the chair back pieces, fold up the bottom edge one inch, then fold it up once more. Iron flat and sew. (Make sure to fold and crease the hem on the underside of the fabric so the hem doesn’t show on the outside of the chair cover.) You want to make sure that the bows are on the outside of the chair cover.
Assemble 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. 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 co
Sew closed. Turn inside out, place on the chair and tie ribbon.
Hope you love these as much as I do.
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.