How to sew chair covers for a wedding

An inexpensive way to transform a wedding venue from drab to fab is giving those boring, standard reception chairs a personalised look by sewing chair covers that complement the wedding colours and theme. By adding different textures and patterns, the chairs will add a glamorous, coordinated look for your guests. The wedding chair covers created could also be recycled as chair covers for formal dinners or a re-creation of your wedding day on your first anniversary.

Measure the back of chair from the top to the desired length of chair cover with a tape measure. Measure the width of the back of the chair. Measure the inside back of the chair to the seat. Add 6 mm (1/4 inch) to all sides for the hem.

Cut the fabric of choice with scissors according to the measurements. There should be two strips of fabric. Lay the longer strip on the floor with the pattern facing up. Lay the shorter strip, pattern facing down, on top of the longer strip.

Pin the top, right and left sides every 2.5 cm (1 inch). Leave a 6 mm (1/4 inch) between the end of the fabric and the pins. This will be the hem.

Sew the three sides with a sewing machine, removing pins as you go. Hem the back flap 6 mm (1/4 inch). The back flap should be the single layer of fabric that will cover the back legs of the chair. Iron the finished product along the sides for crisp edges. Put the chair covers on the chair with patterns facing out.

Tie a sash of tulle in a bow around the bottom of the seat for a polished look. Tulle is inexpensive and goes with any fabric or texture.


Save time by steaming the chair covers instead of ironing.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Sash or ribbon
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