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How to Make Loose Chair Covers

Updated February 21, 2017

Chair covers generally fall into two categories: loose and fitted. Loose chair covers don't conform to the structural dimensions of chairs tightly, making them easy to remove for washing. Their inherent looseness means they're also easier to make because they don't have to match the intricate chair measurements. A loose chair cover, as simple as its design may be, can transform a chair from something clunky and industrial-looking to something romantic and distinctive-looking.

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  1. Measure the height, width and depth of the chair. Write down these measurements. Cut a piece of fabric 2 1/2 times the height and 2 1/2 times the width of the chair, using scissors.

  2. Fold the piece of fabric in half to find the centre and drape the fabric over the entire chair, with the centrefold hitting the top of the chair's back panel. The fabric should be touching the floor and completely covering the chair.

  3. Grab the far right edge of the fabric touching the floor and the far left edge of the fabric, also touching the floor. Pull and straighten these ends of fabric and pull them back to meet at the lower back panel of the chair. With your other hand, smooth out the fabric that now extends tautly against the seat of the chair.

  4. Pin the two ends of fabric tightly together at the back of the chair. Smooth out the folds and adjust the fabric at the front and sides of the chair.

  5. Cut 3 feet of wired ribbon that is at least 2 inches wide. Wrap the ribbon around the back panel of the chair, making a large, puffy bow. Adjust the ribbon so that it hits the back panel of the chair where the pins are.

  6. Tip

    If you're making this loose cover for a special occasion, hot-glue fake flowers to the back of the chair.

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Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Wired ribbon, 3 feet long, 2 inches wide

About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."

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