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How to Make Dining Chair Slipcovers

Jane and Sonja
Slipcovers are a great way to add elegance to a dining room and cover up worn furniture. This simple tutorial shows how to make simple dining room chair slipcovers.
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  • 1.5 yards 100% Cotton Duck Canvas, 10oz, at 58” wide (in Storm Grey)
  • Sewing Machine with matching thread color
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Printable Slipcover pattern (or make your own to suit your chair style)
  • Iron and ironing board


  • Print off the pattern on 8.5x11 sheets of paper. Align the edges of the papers to form full pattern pieces and tape together.
  • Lay the fabric out on a flat surface and place the individual pattern pieces on top of the fabric aligning grainlines.
  • Pin in place or use paper weights, then cut the pattern pieces out along the solid lines.
  • With right sides together fold the chair back piece in half along the edge that will be at the top. Aligning the sides, sew the edges together with a ½” seam allowance.
  • Press the seam allowances open. To create the depth for the chair back to fit within, form a triangle shape at the top corners as shown and stitch across the width making a 1” long stitchline.
  • Sew the seat piece to the front side of the chair back piece with the right sides together using a ½” seam allowance.
  • Prepare the chair skirt for sewing by first finishing the bottom hem. Fold the bottom edge up by ½” and press and then fold it again another ½” pressing in place.
  • Fold and press the short ends of the long rectangular skirt piece by ½”. Fold again and press, then stitch the hem with a ½” seam allowance. Also, stitch the bottom hem with a ½” hem allowance along the entire length of the skirt.
  • Align notches on the skirt piece and the seat piece with right sides together. Pin together if needed.
  • Start sewing the pieces together at the CF (center front) with a ½” seam allowance and work your way to CB (center back).
  • Repeat for the other unstitched side, starting at CF and ending at the CB.The skirt will overlap at the back.
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