How To Slipcover a Chair

Making a slipcover for a chair is a cheap and easy way to update an old, outdated, or worn chair, and it also gives you a chance to match the chair’s appearance to the décor of the room.Depending on the material and the size of the chair, Slipcovers can be bought cheaply, but they’re not terribly difficult to make on your own.Find the method that works for you and your schedule.

Step 1: Measure your chair.

To make a fabric slipcover that’s tailored to the shape of your chair, you’ll need to begin by taking and writing down precise readings of the chair dimensions.Here’s a list of the measures you’ll want to take to make sure the chair is right for you.

Step 2: Pick out the fabric.

It is important to purchase enough fabric to fit your chair’s measurements.Choose a fabric that is fairly sturdy, like denim, thicker cotton/hemp blends, canvas, or twill.All the way up to 100 inches is the width of the fabric.You don’t have to sew separate pieces of fabric together if you buy one of the wider widths.Some chairs are bigger than others, but as a general rule, about a 60-inch-wide fabric should be enough for a standard armchair.

Step 3: Buy tracing paper.

You will need tracing paper to make the initial pattern.Freezer paper, Swedish tracing paper and medical exam table paper are the most common types of paper used for pattern tracing.It is cheaper and thicker than regular paper, but it is harder to see through.It is easy to see through Swedish tracing paper, but it is also expensive.The medical exam table paper is inexpensive and easy to see through, but it is thinner and more prone to wrinkling.

Step 4: There is an outline of each section of the chair.

It is important to trace the pattern for each section of the chair on tracing paper before attempting to assemble it.You will end up with an ill-fitting cover if you don’t have a clearly traced pattern.Carefully draw the back, front, seat, and arms of your chair on your tracing paper.Take the initial measurements and compare them with your tracings.You can draw a pattern for the skirt on tracing paper if you want to put it on the chair.You’ll need a strip of fabric if you want it to hang from the bottom of the chair to the floor.

Step 5: The chair needs to be vacuumed.

It’s important to clean the chair before the cover is on to remove any dirt and dust.The chair can get musty if you don’t clean it before covering it.

Step 6: The patterns should be cut out.

Cut out each pattern after you traced each section of the chair onto your tracing paper.Leave a 1-inch margin around the hems.The seam allowance is provided when sewing the pieces together.To cut out the paper patterns for your chair, use a pair of scissors and an X-acto knife.Make sure you take your time with this step, it can lead to mistakes in your slipcover.

Step 7: Take the patterns and put them on your fabric.

Begin by laying out the wrong side of your fabric.Make sure your paper shapes fit on the fabric by laying them down.Cut the shapes with a pair of fabric scissors after tracing the edge of each piece.There are many ways to mark your fabric without leaving a permanent mark.Only lightly on the back side of thick fabrics.

Step 8: Put the front and arm pieces together.

Once you have cut out each piece of fabric, you can pin it up and sew it in place.Attach the cut-out for the front of the chair to the arm cuts where they would naturally meet.

Step 9: The front and back pieces should be joined.

Pin in the back piece and the front panel and arms from the previous step.Then sew the pieces together.A piece of baggy fabric should fit over the back and arms of your chair when you’re done.

Step 10: You can join the seat and bottom pieces.

Pin along the seams if you want to match the seat piece to what you have already assembled.Put the seams in place.The sides of the seat should meet the “arm” sleeves.

Step 11: The skirt should be sewn to the seat.

Attach a strip of skirt material to the seat of the chair.It should hang so that it isn’t pooled on the floor.The skirt material crosses over itself in the back of the slipcover, so try to position the spot where it won’t be easy to see.

Step 12: The chair has a new cover.

The chair has cushions and arms.If you sit down, your slipcover should conform to the weight of your body.You may need to rip out and re-sew the seams if it doesn’t work out.

Step 13: Pick a sheet of material.

You can find a pattern of material that is large enough to completely cover your chair.A piece of fabric should fit most chairs.There are a few fabric ideas that should work well for this project.An old quilt fabric was purchased from a store.

Step 14: Put your fabric over the chair.

The pattern of the material should be laid across the chair as you would like it to be.Put your fabric over the top of the chair so that it covers the entire chair and drapes to the floor.

Step 15: Put the fabric in the folds of the chair.

Use your fingers to push the fabric into the folds around the chair.If you want the fabric to lay smooth, you need to smooth out any folds that are visible and make darts from the folds.Most fabric stores have fabric glue that you can use to stick your slipcover in place.It’s a good idea to hold your slipcover over the chair to prevent it from falling or slipping off.The top of the original chair fabric should be covered with the new slipcover material.It will be helpful to have a friend help you here by pointing out where to put the glue.Before it sets, fabric glue is usually very easy to set.Pull the fabric up if you make a mistake.Most fabric glues take about two to four hours to set, but different products have different drying times.After a few days, fabric glue can be washed safely.For more specific instructions, check the product’s label.

Step 16: Remove any excess material.

After the glue has dried, you can use a pair of scissors or a fabric knife to trim the loose bottom portion of the slipcover.The “skirt” should hang an inch or two above the floor.As you go, make sure to cut in a straight line.Attach a long, skinny strip of material around the bottom of the skirt if you make a noticeable mistake.

Step 17: Take a measurement of your chair.

Measure the height, length and width of the chair using a measuring tape.Take them with care.If you’re spending a lot of money on a piece of furniture, you want it to fit well.

Step 18: Go shopping for the same thing.

Most stores and websites carry home furniture and decorating items.Depending on the material and size of the chair, the price of a slipcovers can range from $20 to $150.Most slipcovers will be advertised as fitting certain sizes of chair, so make sure you have your measurements handy.If you’re shopping at a brick and mortar store and need help choosing the right size, talk to an employee.If you’re unsure, buy a bigger slipcover than you think you need.It’s difficult to make a slipcover bigger because you can pull, sew, and trim it.Pick a slipcover made from a sturdy fabric, like denim, thicker cotton/hemp blends, canvas, or twill.

Step 19: The chair should be vacuumed.

You’ll want to remove any dirt and dust from your chair before you put on the new slipcover.If you want to prevent the chair from getting musty underneath its cover, you should periodically remove the slipcover and vacuum it again.

Step 20: The chair needs to be pulled over.

Tuck the edges of the cover into folds around the seat after pulling the slipcover on.Attach strings or ribbons to the front or back of the cover.These ties are added to the slipcover to keep it tight.Use a tight knot, but not one that’s too tight to undone, as your slipcover may change size and shape with repeated use and washing.