Elegant DIY Chair Back Covers

Chair Back Covers

If you have kitchen chairs like ours that are simply functional,  give them some flare with these easy to make chair back covers.  My original idea was to cover the chair seats to match the front foyer’s bench but the fabric store didn’t have enough of the material in stock.  Hopefully they get in more of the same fabric and I can recover the seats , but I love how the chair backs s look dressed up for a special occasion.

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Our chair covers are white to match our Christmas decor theme.   Of course you can make them any colour you like but white is surprisingly easy to clean as you can use bleach and hot water on them.

Each chair back cover takes about half an hour to make.  You will spend more time on the first one and the rest zip together very quickly.  The tutorial is longer and more detailed than maybe necessary but this is a really great project for a new sewer as all the seams are straight and there is no pattern required.
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Tutorial

Materials

You will need:

White material –  the amount depends on your fabric and chair size.  Each chair uses 35″ by 20″ of material.  I used Minna fabric from Ikea

Sewing Machine, thread, scissors, pins.

String or embroidery thread

Christmas Ornament for embellishment

Cut the Fabric

Our chairs have high  backs and are 16 inches wide and 1.5 inches thick.  If your chairs are  a different size you should customize the size of your rectangle accordingly.

Prewash and iron your fabric.  Cut into a 35″ length by 20″ width rectangle.

Hem the Fabric

With the good side of the material facing down, create a hem on both  short ends of the rectangle.

Fold the material over 1/2″ and then 1″.  Press well and sew with a 5/8″ seam.
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Zig zag stitch along the two long sides of your rectangle.  I chose not to fold over these ends in order to keep the side  seam less bulky.

Fold your material in half lengthwise to find center.

Create the Triangle
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With one hand hold the  center and with the other fold over the corner into the middle of the fabric forming a triangle.  Repeat on the other side.  Press well.

Cut a piece of string about 4 inches long and tie a knot in the end.  Place this thread with one inch past the point of your triangle and lie the remaining portion along one of your side seams.
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Press very well and then sew a 5/8″ seam along the sides of the triangle.  You will now have a triangle with the point at the bottom of your chair cover and the string at the point to allow you to hang an embellishment.

Fold the inside of your banner inside out and sew the central seam.  This will close the triangle so that the point is secure.

Turn right side out and press back into place.
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In order to sew the central seam of the triangle closed and not show through the front of the chair fold it open.

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Place the two unsewn sides together.

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Sew this seam closed as far down as you can.

Turn your fabric right side out and place the good side down.  The seam will be on the inside of the triangle.

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Sew the Envelope

Fold the top of the fabric down so that it meets the top point of the triangle.

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Sew both long seams along both  sides forming the envelope. Stop when you reach the end of the folded over material.  Do not sew onto the triangle portion.  Turn right side out, press and place on your chair.

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I really like how these dress up my plain kitchen table for the holidays.    As they are white and have the hangar at the bottom I will be able to use them any time of year I like by adding a simple little dollar store ornament to the bottom.  Say an easter egg or a red valentine.  White is just so versatile.

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I have been very busy the last month or so creating various tutorials for adding some style to your decor for Christmas.   I hope I have inspired you to add some nontraditional ideas to your home decor for the holidays.

 

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6 thoughts on “Elegant DIY Chair Back Covers

    1. Thank you Debra. I tried to make the eating area feel more dining room like. The chair covers are easy to remove, wash and iron.

  1. Wow! I am quite confident that I can follow the steps. I am not the most adept sewer, but these are simple and yet look so elegant. I love that you can hang a small decorative piece from the triangle. And crazy about all or mostly all white Christmas decor, lately I’ve been gravitating towards such images. Very pretty! Pinned.

    1. Thank you so much Milena. Lots of people shy away from the whites because they think it shows everything. That isn’t so…and whites are much easier to clean than light colours are.

  2. Someone’s been to Greenland! *wink* *wink* I have the same white glitter Christmas word ornaments on my tree! I remember your lovely tartan chair back covers from last year and these are equally gorgeous, especially with the white Christmas ball hanging from the center. Love your white wintery theme this year, Leanna – so pretty!

    1. Your right lol I got those little word several years ago at Greenland and I love them. I want to see your Christmas tree, I bet its gorgeous. Last year I found the tartan and used it to do the entire house, but truly I prefer the white. Hugs my friend Leanna

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