Chair Covers Freshen a Table Set
I really like our basic table and chairs, the table pulls out and the middle leaf flips out from inside the table. The table size is adjustable and their is no table leaf to deal with. The chairs are build very solid and strong, but the finish is wearing off of them from use meaning they need to have chair covers until I decide to try and refinish the set.
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, The theme this year is red tartan so I used 6 metres of my tartan material on the chair covers. I prewashed and ironed all the material as soon as I purchased it.
Creating the Pattern and Cutting
You may prefer to measure your chairs to figure out the chair cover size. I use a blue see through garbage bag. The bag makes it easier to visualize and if there are curves you can make adjustments using a felt marker.
Place the bag over your chair and pull tight like a chair cover. Mark the outline of the side and hem with the jiffy marker. Remove from 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.
Chair Bow Tie Ons
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 tie on fabric pieces.
My material is 54 inches wide. I cut four 9″ inch strips for each chair. If you material is a bit wider or narrower its fine, It will just affect the length of the tails on your bow.
Sew around all the material edges with a serger or a zig zag stitch, this will prevent unraveling and loose threads.
Pin your tie on material and sew three seams. Leave one short seam open. Once sewn turn right side out. Make sure the corners are pushed out as much as possible. Iron.
Start to create 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 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.
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 on the center of the chair back seam. Cover with the second hemmed square good side down.
Place your home made 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 chair and tie ribbon.
Hope you love these as much as I do.