Friday, June 29, 2012

Slipcovering a Chair

Although I am not a sewer, I wanted to try making a slipcover for a bedroom chair. Since it's not in a high-traffic area, I hoped my limited sewing skills would work for this project.

I had an old chair sitting in the basement that was passed down from my mother-in-law. It had a nice shape but not such nice fabric. I knew this would be the perfect chair for Moussia's room since the glider that was still there since she was a baby was going to soon move to another room for my daughter's new baby (due any day now)!
I did cheat--I had both cushions professionally made by an upholsterer and I sewed the slipcover for the frame of the chair. I knew my limits and chair cushions with cording and zippers are not something I felt comfortable doing.

Here is the before photo. I already took off the cushions and sent them to the upholsterer but you can still get a good idea what it looked like. I liked the lines and it was in really good shape.

The first thing I did was cut off the shirt.
It seemed to date the chair and made it look fussy.

Next I cut fabric pieces to fit each side of the chair and pinned them in place.
This took a while but after each side was done it was time to sew.

This took a good part of my day since there were so many seams to sew.

When I was done I turned the whole slipcover inside out and had to do some "touch-up's" where my sewing wasn't quite correct.
Slipcovers are a great option to update and freshen an older upholstered chair or sofa for not much money.

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  1. Lovely job! And that butter yellow fabric is gorgeous!

    I do think it's funny you tackled the frame of the chair rather than the cushions. For me, it's the opposite :) I'm okay doing the cushions, but all those curves on a chair scare me! hahaha

    1. Thanks Kim,
      The zipper and cording scared me! The arms were hard too, but at that point there was no turning back!

  2. LOVE IT!! I love being able to reuse things and give them a purpose. Great job, I am assuming this is your first slipcover! I slipcover professionally and know how much work goes into them. My site is if you want to check it out.

    1. Shelley--you'll notice there are no close up shots of mine because there are too many mistakes! Thanks for writing.

  3. Beautiful Chair! Love the color, a nice warm buttery yellow. I really like the pillow, did you make that as well? If so, where did you get the fabric? This would be perfect in my kitchen!

    1. Thanks Pat,

      The pillow was leftover from my granddaughter's duvet cover. You might find a similar fabric if you google: Marimekko.


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