How to Make Dining Chair Covers With Pillow Cases

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If you have basic sewing skills, you can put them to good use making a variety of home decor accents. Give your dining room a makeover with simple slip covers for your dining room chairs. After you make one set, you'll probably be tempted to make several more so you can change them out as you change your mood. Your chairs need to have rectangular backs for these slip covers, and they cannot be wider than the pillowcases you want to use.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric marking pen or chalk
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Ribbon
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Measure the height and width of your dining room chair backs, measuring the height only from the top of the chair to the seat. Add 1/2 inch to the height and 2 inches to the width for seam allowances and depth.

  2. 2

    Turn a pillowcase inside out and lay it flat on a table. Mark an area on the pillowcase that matches the height and width you measured in Step 1. Use a fabric marking pen to mark your measurements from the bottom up on the pillowcase so you can preserve the existing bottom hem of the case.

  3. 3

    Cut the pillowcase on the lines you drew in Step 3. Pin the two pieces of the case together around the edges using straight pins.

  4. 4

    Cut two lengths of ribbon that are each as long as the width of your chair. The best ribbon for this is a grosgrain ribbon in approximately 1-inch width. Fold one short end of one ribbon down by 1/4 inch and then fold by 1/4 inch again. Sew in place to hem in the raw edge. Repeat this with the other ribbon.

  5. 5

    Measure up 1/2 the height of your pillowcase pieces. Position one strip of ribbon on each side of the case at this point, sandwiching the raw end of the ribbon between the layers of the pillowcase and aligning the raw edges of the ribbon with the raw edges of the pillowcase, so that the finished ends of the ribbon are inside the case. Pin the ribbons in this position.

  6. 6

    Sew a straight seam up one side of the pillow case, across the top and back down the other side. Be sure to go through all of the layers of the case and the ribbons at the sides. Make your seam 1/2 inch in from the raw edge.

  7. 7

    Cut diagonally across the top corners of your fabric, just outside the point where your seams meet. Turn the pillowcase right side out and slide it down over the chair. Bring the ribbons around to the back of the chair and tie them in a knot or a bow to secure the slip cover to the chair.

Tips and warnings

  • Eliminate the ribbon for a basic slip cover design.
  • Add piping or decorative trim to the pillowcase to make it slightly more formal.
  • Use white pillow cases and iron-on transfers to decorate your slip covers.

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