From Slipcovers The Decorating Institute
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.
LIST of MATERIALS
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.
HOW TO MAKE A SEAT COVER PATTERN
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.
HOW TO SEW A SEAT COVER PATTERN
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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Pattern Used with Permission of Home Sewing Association
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