If you own an upholstered arm chair you'd like to keep looking its best, you need to protect it by covering it. The arms of your chair especially need protection because resting elbows will almost always come in contact with this part of the chair, creating wear and tear. You also have the possibility of a resting coffee cup leaving stains on the arms of your chair. If you have a sewing machine and know how to sew, your solution is at hand. Simply make arm chair covers and avoid these problems. Follow the steps below to learn how.
Things you need
2 42.5 by 42.5 cm (17 by 17 inch) pieces of upholstery fabric that won't fray
Thread to match fabric
Thread your sewing machine needle and set it for straight stitches of average length.
Fold 6 mm (1/4 inch) of fabric over to the wrong side on one side of the fabric. Stitch along the edge.
Fold 6 mm (1/4 inch) of fabric over along the next side of the fabric in the same manner. Stitch along the edge.
Fold 6 mm (1/4 inch) of fabric over on the third side of the fabric. Stitch along the edge.
Fold 6 mm (1/4 inch) of fabric over on the last side of the fabric. Stitch along the edge.
Stitch the other arm chair cover, following Step 1 through Step 5 above.
- Chair arms are made in different sizes, so cut your fabric to fit accordingly. If you can, use upholstery fabric with a rubber coating on the reverse side of the fabric. The rubber backing will prevent your arm chair covers from slipping off the arms of the chair. Sew an additional arm chair cover and drape it over the back of the chair to protect your chair from resting heads.
Things you need
- Sewing machine
- 2 42.5 by 42.5 cm (17 by 17 inch) pieces of upholstery fabric that won't fray
- Thread to match fabric