How to Make a Slipcover for a Child's Upholstered Chair

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How to Make a Slipcover for a Child's Upholstered Chair
Make a cute new slipcover for a child's upholstered chair. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Make a slipcover for a child's upholstered chair to give a fresh new look to a vintage piece or a hand-me-down. Slipcovers are removable, making them easy to launder. You can make several different slipcovers for a cute set of chairs in a shared bedroom or cover a child's chair to match your adult living room set. Sewing a slipcover for an upholstered chair is easy when you take excellent measurements, choose durable upholstery fabric and use a sturdy machine needle specially designed for working with heavy cloth.

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Things you need

  • Flexible tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Plain cotton muslin fabric
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Heavy sewing machine needle
  • Iron

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  1. 1

    Measure the chair with the flexible tape measure. Follow curved edges precisely with the tape measure to get accurate measurements. Record your measurements on a sheet of paper. Draw a sketch of the chair to help you remember what measurements go with what sections of the chair.

  2. 2

    Make pattern pieces out of cotton muslin to test your slipcover measurements. Draw the pattern pieces on the cotton using the measurements you took, adding 1 inch to each measurement to create a 1/2-inch seam allowance on all sides. Cut out the pattern pieces.

  3. 3

    Place the pattern pieces on the chair and pin them to one another along the 1/2-inch seam allowance. Check to be sure that you have a snug but not overly tight fit. Make any adjustments necessary and mark your changes directly onto the fabric. Keep making adjustments until you are completely satisfied with the pin-fit pattern.

  4. 4

    Transfer the modified cotton pattern onto the upholstery fabric with a pencil. Cut out the fabric. Sew the fabric pieces with their right sides together using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Press the seams.

  5. 5

    Turn the slipcover right-side-out to test its fit on the chair. When you are happy with its fit, hem the bottom of the slipcover to the length you desire.

Tips and warnings

  • Pre-laundering your fabric can limit shrinkage when you clean the finished slipcover.
  • You do not need to sew the cotton muslin pattern together, but you can if you are worried about making a mistake with an expensive upholstery fabric. In this case you will need to use a seam ripper to take apart the cotton muslin to use it as a pattern when you are satisfied with the design.

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