Santa chair covers are a great way to brighten up a Christmas dining table and can be inexpensive when you make them at home. Slide these Santa hat-style chair covers onto your dining chairs after the children fall asleep on Christmas Eve to give them an exciting surprise to wake up to or add them to a fun informal dinner party table to celebrate with friends or family. Customise the chair covers with personal touches to create a traditional addition to the family table that can be used year after year.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Red felt or fleece fabric
- White furry boa trim
- Red thread
- Sewing machine
- Pattern paper
Measure your chair backs carefully. Measure across the widest part of the chair back and add around 2cm extra on each side to allow for the seam to be sewn. If your chairs have chunky backs, add an extra few centimetres to your width measurements to make sure the chair cover is not too tight. Next, measure the depth of the chair, from the top of the chair down to where the seat begins.
Use your measurements to purchase the correct amount of fabric from a fabric shop and buy a little extra to allow for mistakes. Check labels or ask staff whether the red fabric is washable before you buy it as chair covers will be prone to sticky fingers, especially when children are eating their Christmas dinner. Choose a good value, washable fabric such as red fleece or synthetic felt.
Mark your pattern out on pattern paper or other tough paper to create a stencil that ensures all covers look the same way and hang the same way. Firstly, use your measurements to draw a rectangle for the shape of your chair back with chalk. On top of the rectangle, draw a symmetrical triangle shape for the part of the hat that will hang down the back of the chair, with the point ending around 15cm above the bottom of the chair back.
Draw around the stencil onto your red fabric and cut out two complete shapes for each chair cover, making sure there is enough room on each side to allow for the seams.
Place one piece of red fabric on top of the other, reverse side out, and align them carefully before sewing along all edged except the bottom. Either sew with a machine for a neat, long-lasting stitch or sew by hand with a careful running stitch. Turn the chair cover inside out, with sewing inside, for a neat finish.
Measure the furry boa trim, or a strip of furry white fabric, to fit around the bottom circumference of the chair cover with a little extra allowance. Tack the boa onto the chair cover with a hand stitch as imperfections can be hidden within the furry finish. Fold another piece white of furry boa over a couple of times before knotting together to create a white bobble and stich onto the point of the hat.
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