How to Make Covers for a Chaise Longue

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How to Make Covers for a Chaise Longue
A chaise longue that can be slipcovered (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A slipcover helps extend the life of furniture, covering stains, damage, age or other issues. A chaise longue is an unusual type of couch with a reclined seat and back and a single arm that also works as a back when a person is not in a reclined position. The unusual shape of the chaise may make it appear difficult to cover, but this is an illusion; often a chaise can be covered without too much effort by a person handy with a sewing machine.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Muslin
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Decorator fabric
  • Elastic

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place muslin fabric along the back of the seat back of the chaise (if you were sitting on it like a couch). Allow the fabric to hang 2 inches below the top of the feet. Place fabric along the front of the seat back, allowing 2 inches below the top of the seat. Pin the two pieces of fabric together, leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

  2. 2

    Place muslin fabric along the back of the chaise (if you were reclining on its length). Allow the fabric to hang 2 inches below the top of the feet. Place fabric along the front of the seat back, allowing 2 inches below the top of the seat. Pin the two pieces of fabric together, leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Pin the corner seams where the two seat backs meet (front and back) with a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

  3. 3

    Position muslin over the seat of the chaise so fabric drapes over the front edge to 2 inches over the top of the feet. Fabric should drape over the back and side edge in the same amount. Fabric should be trimmed to extend 2 inches up the seat backs and pinned to the other pieces, allowing for 1/2 inch seams.

  4. 4

    Cut the fabric with scissors where it wraps around the shortened seat back so you can pin the fabric to the first muslin piece with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Fold and pin the seat corners and trim along the bottom so the fabrics are an even 2 inches over the top of each leg.

  5. 5

    Sew the seams together. Ease your rounded areas with 3/8-inch cuts in the seam margins and clip the corners to remove excess fabric. Turn the cover right side out and fit it to the chaise. Tuck the fabric at the seat-to-seat-back joints as much as possible. Tighten the fit with additional pinning and sewing if you find it is too large in some places.

  6. 6

    Open the seams on the muslin slipcover. Iron the pieces. Place the muslin over laundered decorator fabric. Pin the muslin to the fabric and cut out the pieces with scissors. Sew the slipcover together with fabric face sides together.

  7. 7

    Fit the slipcover in place. Pin the fabric along the bottom hem so the hem covers all the visible fabric of the original chaise. Sew the bottom hem. Cut elastic to fit the inside diameter of the bottom of the slipcover. Sew elastic to the inside of the hem with the elastic in a stretched state so it will contract and gather the bottom edge of the slipcover. Sew the elastic all around. Trim excess elastic with scissors.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're add piping to the slipcover, be aware that it is likely to shrink faster than the surrounding fabric.

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