Kitchen decor can change or chair cushions can become stained long before the cushions wear out. Make kitchen chair cushion slip covers to give new life to old cushions at a fraction of the cost it would take to replace them. Purchase fabric that matches your curtains or room's style and make your own pattern for custom seating in your kitchen. Each cushion slip cover takes less than an hour to complete, making this a simple and quick weekend project.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
Place a kitchen chair cushion on a sheet of newspaper. Trace around the shape of the cushion. Measure the depth (thickness) of the cushion, divide in half and add 1/2 inch. Add this measurement to the outer traced shape of the cushion. Mark the back edge of the cushion on the pattern. Cut out the pattern.
Fold the slip cover fabric with the right sides together. Pin the pattern to the fabric and cut out the shape through both layers. Cut four, 2-by-8 inch strips from the slip cover fabric for the ties.
Remove the paper pattern from the fabric shapes. Pin the edges of the fabric together, except for the back edge. Sew the pinned edges using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Do not sew the back edge.
Fold the edges of the open back edge 1/4 inch to the wrong side of the fabric and press. Fold another 1/4 inch, press and pin. Sew around the pinned edge to create the back hem of the slip cover. Turn the slip cover right side out and press.
Lay a tie strip on your ironing surface with the wrong side up. Fold the strip in half, matching the long raw edges and press to create a crease on the fold. Unfold the strip. Fold the long edges to the centre crease and press. Fold the strip in half again, matching the long edges. Press and pin the edges together. Top stitch along the pinned edge as close to the edge as possible. Repeat with the remaining tie strips.
Lay the slip cover over the cushion and use straight pins to mark the placement of the slip cover ties on the slip cover's hemmed edge. Note: The ties will be attached in the same area as the original cushion ties. Insert one end of each tie 1/2 inch inside the slip cover's hemmed edge at all the marked places. Zigzag stitch the ties to the hemmed edge.
Insert the cushion into the slip cover and tie the cushion to a kitchen chair.