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DIY Christmas Chair Covers

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.

Back of kitchen chair with red tartan chair cover and large bow.

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 Christmas Chair Covers with Sashes

Christmas Chair Cover Supplies

There isn’t many supplies for these chair covers, but the sashes do y

6 metres (yards) fabric for 4 chairs

Felt pens

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 Christmas 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 Christmas Chair Covers

You want to make sure that the bows are on the outside of the chair cover.

Tutorial image for assembly of red tartan plaid material while making a Christmas 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.

The tartan plaid fabric for the chair cover laying on a table. All the pieces are pinned and the pattern is on top to check sizing.

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.

A table and chair set updated for with tartan plaid chair covers.

Hope you love these as much as I do.

Like this project idea?  Please pin it for later!

A closeup of the back of a dining chair decorated with an easy to sew Christmas chair covers in red plaid. The chair cover features a large red sash bow.

 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.

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  1. I was thinking you could use an old pillowcase and slide it over the chair back mark the excess and slit open one of the sides to use as a pattern also..just a thought.

    1. Absolutely that would work. You know me, I look for anything handy and inexpensive. Great idea.

  2. These are so nice, and such a great idea to use garbage bags for the pattern, Thanks for visiting “Celebrate the Season”!

  3. I just love this idea and since you make it sound pretty simple I plan to try it in the coming year. I purchased my lovely colorful print chairs this year but for Christmas they are kind of clashing just a bit. I would have loved to had quieted them down with a solid. Brilliant idea!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Jennifer I am really happy to hear that. I feel very honoured.

      I found your party recently and have enjoyed participating. Thank you so much for the feature.

  4. These are lovely. I love Tartan 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays, you are one of this weeks features 🙂

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Claire: I have just recently discovered your blog and love it. The link party has some gorgeous outfits in it this week. Thank you very much for the feature. Pinch me, I am happy. Leanna

  5. Jann Olson says:

    Oh my gosh Leanna, I love plaid and have used it in my family room/kitchen area. I may have to make some of these covers for next year. Love them!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Jann: I hope you do make them. The tutorial outlines a general method so that it can be adjusted to your own chair size.

      This is my first year for anything but white. Its a big change for me this year.

  6. Wow! Those are really pretty, but probably way above my skill level! 😀 The pattern is really nice, I love tartan!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hello Dara: I assure you these are super easy to make. If you have access to a sewing machine try them. I am no seamstress either.

      I love tartan too, especially in skirts and at Christmas. I appreciate you taking the time to comment and provide me with positive feedback. Leanna

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Stacey: Thank you very much for both sharing and pinning. I am proud of how they turned out. Leanna

  7. This is such a lovely way to dress up the dining room chairs for the holidays. It adds so much festivity and cheer to the room.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Mary: This is the first year I have had red in my Christmas decor. I have to admit I am enjoying it much more than I thought I would.

      Thanks for your feedback. Its nice to hear that your work is enjoyed. Leanna

  8. Very cute, I do something similar at Halloween with sheer materials. But I don’t sew them, lol That is more than this busy gal can handle.
    They truly look lovely,

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Pam. What do you do just fold the material in half? These ones needed to be deeper than i wanted the bows to be. For spring I may try your method. Did you post them?

  9. So pretty! The garbage bag idea is genius! I have been looking for way to dress up my dining room chairs!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Maureen: I was in the same situation. I like the chairs I have and didn’t have time to refinish them for the holidays. Besides I think these are more festive.

      Let me know if you make them. I would like to see your version. Thanks for commenting. Leanna

  10. These are absolutely adorable!! Found you through Amber’s Pinnable:) Thanks so much for sharing these!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Randi: I am very excited to be co-hosting the party in December. I am constantly learning and meeting other new bloggers which is awesome. Thank you for letting me know you stopped by my blog. Its nice to know whose reading and liking my efforts. Leanna

  11. How cute are these!!! Great tip using a recycle bag for a pattern (keeping that idea in the old noggin). Your eating nook looks so cozy – a great spot to enjoy a cappuccino and cookie fresh out of the oven (hint hint). Pinning and sharing 🙂

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Marie. Your on, I finally got my decor done I think. Now we need some sun for nice pictures. Then I get to bake.

  12. They are absolutely gorgeous Leanna! I am featuring them at this weeks “”You’re the Star” bog hop. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up this week.
    Best wishes, Darlene

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Wow Darlene is that ever wonderful. I really appreciate it. Thank you for letting me know.

  13. These are so pretty, I do love plaid especially for the Holiday. I am pinning so I can put it on the to-do list. Great tutorial.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Debra: Every style of chair is a bit different, so its impossible to do a tutorial using measurements. Using those blue see through garbage bags made a huge difference for me in designing various projects. Thank you for the pin, they don’t take very long to put together at all. Feel free to email me if you have any questions on the tutorial. Leanna

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