How to make covers for molded plastic chairs

Updated April 17, 2017

Spring is a time for cleaning up the dead foliage, planting new flowers and sprucing up your outdoor spaces. If you discover that your outdoor resin furniture has lost its appeal, sewing slip covers can give them new life. You can buy outdoor fabric to cover them or even use materials around your house.

Begin your project by purchasing outdoor fabric to use for your covers; however, if you have canvas drop cloths laying around your garage, you can use them to make slip covers for your chairs. The drop cloths are not water resistant, so if you decide to use them, remove them after each use so they do not develop mould or mildew from being exposed to moisture.

Measure the chairs to be certain you have sufficient fabric. The average resin chair is approximately 21 inches wide, 28-1/2 inches high and 19 inches deep. Cut the fabric pieces according to the measurements for your chairs adding an additional 1 inch for seam allowances.

With right sides together, sew all of the pieces together with a 7/8-inch seam. Sew a 7/8-inch hem around the bottom of each cover as well. Slip the covers right over the back and sides of the chair. They should hang all the way down to cover the legs of the chair.


Create an outdoor bench by using concrete blocks and a wooden seat covered with foam in the same fabric to create an custom outdoor living space.

Things You'll Need

  • Outdoor fabric or canvas drop cloth
  • Tape measure
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
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