Reversible Seat Cover

From Slipcovers The Decorating Institute
Published by Creative Publishing

Freshen the look of dinning room and kitchen chairs with simple seat covers. The lined cover is shaped at the front of the hair and secured to the chair with fabric ties at the back legs. To make the seat cover reversible, use a coordinating decorator fabric for the lining. For best results, choose firmly woven, mediumweight decorator fabrics. These fabrics wear well and are easy to work with. When working with heavier fabrics, select a lighter-weight fabric for the lining. To add a decorative touch to the cover, embellish the lower edge with a contrasting trim, such as ribbon or braid. This seat cover is suitable for armless chairs that have open backs and smooth, flat seat.


  • Muslin, for pattern.
  • Decorator fabric.
  • Lining fabric.
  • Decorative trim, optional.


Make the seat cover pattern as illustrated. Cut one piece each from fabric and lining. Cut four fabric strips, 2" (5 cm) wide and 10" to 16" (25.5 to 40.5 cm) long, for ties.



1. Measure chair seat, and add 3" to 4" (7.5 to 10 cm) on all sides for drop length; cut a piece of muslin about 4" (10 cm) larger than measurements. Mark centerline, following lengthwise grain. Center the muslin on the sea; pin or tape in place.


2. Clip fabric diagonally at back corners, so fabric fits around the back posts; make additional clips as necessary for smooth fit.


3. Smooth fabric around sides and front of chair; pin out excess fabric at front corners. Mark seamline at front corners, using pencil.


4. Mark seamline around the back posts, using pencil. Pin-mark ends of seat over on drop, at sides of chair; repeat for drop at chair back.

5. Pin-mark the lower edge of cover at the desired length around front, sides, and back; drop length on sides and back should align. Mark the seamlines.

6. Remove muslin from the chair. Redraw seamlines a necessary, using straightedge; redraw any curved lines, drawing smooth curves. Reposition muslin on chair; make corrections, if necessary.

7. Add 1/2" (1.3 cm) seam allowances. Cut pattern on the marked lines.


1. Fold tie piece in half lengthwise; stitch 1/4" (6 mm) from long edges and one short end. Trim seam allowances and corners. Turn right side out; press. Pin one tie to right side of seat cover at lower back corner, with raw edges even and long stitched edge of the tie 1/2" (1.3 cm) from lower edge of the cover. Baste tie in place. Repeat for remaining ties.

2. Pin seam at front corners of seat cover; stitch. Repeat for lining. Press seams to one side, pressing seams of the seat cover and the lining in opposite directions.

3. Pin lining to the seat cover, right sides together and raw edges even. Stitch 1/2" (1.3 cm) seam, leaving 6" (15 cm) opening centered on back of seat cover.

4. Trim outside corners diagonally; clip any curves and inside corners. Press seam allowances open.
5. Turn cover right side out; press. Slipstitch opening closed. Position trim, if desired, at the lower edge of the cover or lining, using glue stick. Turn under 1/2" (1.3 cm) at ends. Topstitch trim in place; stitch both sides in same direction to prevent diagonal wrinkles.

6. Position seat cover on chair; secure ties in bow or square knot.

Seat covers can give an updated look to dining room and kitchen chairs. Make the covers reversible by using a decorator fabric for the lining, and, for added interest, embellish the lower edge with a decorative trim.

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The Home Sewing Association for providing this pattern

Pattern Used with Permission of Home Sewing Association

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