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How to sew a slip cover for a wingback chair

Updated February 21, 2017

Place a slipcover over a wingback chair to give it new life. Covering a chair is lower in cost than reupholstering, and allows you to redecorate a room without purchasing new furniture. Sewing a slipcover for a wingback chair requires basic sewing supplies found at most fabric stores. Select a washable fabric in a medium weight for easy maintenance and cleaning.

Measure the chair length and increase the measurement by 6 inches. Start at the floor front, over the seat, up the chair back and over the back to the rear floor.

Measure the chair seat width from the left side of the cushion to the right side. Increase the measurement by 2 inches.

Measure the chair back width, starting at the front of the arm to the rear of the arm. Increase the measurement by 2 inches.

Measure the side/arm length, starting at the floor below one arm and over the arm to the point where the cushion starts. Increase the measurement by 12 inches. Use this measurement twice, to accommodate both chair arms.

Sketch the measurements on a piece of paper to get a visual for cutting the slipcover pieces. You will need to cut one piece of fabric for the chair body, using the measurements in Step 1 through 3. You will cut two pieces of fabric for the chair arms using the measurement in Step 4.

Drape the body fabric piece over the chair. Pin the arm pieces to the body piece at the correct location to fit the chair properly. Sew the pinned pieces with a 1/2-inch seam.

Place the slipcover over the chair and tuck excess fabric into the cushion gap to verify the fit over the wing back. Pin areas that are loose or not fitting properly. Sew the pinned areas to create additional seams or tucks in the fabric for a perfect fit.

Turn under the bottom edge 1/4 inch and pin or iron to hold in place. Turn under another 1/4 inch to create a hem. Sew close to the inside edge with a straight stitch.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Medium-weight fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Iron
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Jennifer Loucks has been writing since 1998. She previously worked as a technical writer for a software development company, creating software documentation, help documents and training curriculum. She now writes hobby-based articles on cooking, gardening, sewing and running. Loucks also trains for full marathons, half-marathons and shorter distance running. She holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science and business from University of Wisconsin-River Falls.