As part of my craft room makeover
, I made a slipcover for my office style chair. It was a simple project, I will walk you through the steps. It came together faster than I expected and a bit easier than I thought. If you've got some basic sewing skills, you can do this! :) This is the chair before. A plain and
boring gray and black chair.
First, I removed those big black arms (attached by screws on the bottom). They were too big to fit under my desk and they squeaked too, so I was happy to lose them.
Next, measure the seat cushion. If yours is like mine, think of it as a square and forget about the round corners for a minute.
For example, this chair is 19" x 18" just on the top. I added 7 inches to each side to wrap around and under the chair, plus some for seam allowances. So I cut my fabric at 33" x 32". Be generous with your measurements, you can always take away fabric, but you can't add it back on. Then I went to the kitchen and found a large plate. I placed it on each corner and traced the plate to get a nice round corners.
Next, zig zag or serge your edges if you like.
Insert a button hole to feed your cord through, to gather the fabric and tie it over the seat cushion.
Then, fold over the edges 1" and sew, down leaving 3/4" to gather and tie the cover on the seat cushion. As you go around the rounded corners, just fold and gather the fabric to keep the same shape going around. I sewed around twice just to make sure my seam was extra strong.
Feed a long piece of cord through the little hole and around the inside of the hem you just made. I doubled my cord and gave myself plenty to work with (I use a 12' piece of cord, but had plenty left over).
Place your gathered slipcover over the cushion of the chair. I then turned my chair upside down and placed it on a stool to cinch and tie off the cord.
Tie your cord securely. Cut the cord (ha ha) and tuck the ends in under your cover.
Half way done!
For the back of the chair, I took a piece of newspaper and made a rough pattern of the shape of the back of the chair (specifically the curve across the top). Cut out two pieces of fabric (generously of course), sew them together and slip it over the back of the chair (inside out).
Mine was too big and loose. I used a pen to mark the fabric and made some rough marks to know where to sew to tighten up the slipcover. (Arrows are pointing to my pen markings).
Sew along your markings. I think I repeated this step twice to get just the right fit. (Pictured below)
Once you get the right fit, turn up the bottom edges of the fabric. Originally I planned to gather the bottom of the back slip cover, but I felt it was too poofy and liked the look better just leaving it long and touching the seat cushion.
et voila! C'est tout!
The fabric I used is indoor/outdoor home decor fabric by Premier Prints called Loni Greenage.