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How to Sew a Bar Stool Cover

Fabric-covered bar stools wear out quickly with use, but there is no need to throw out the stool. Sew a bar stool cover to pull over the round cushion and bring new life to the seat. Sewing a cover is a simple project that requires few supplies and a sewing machine. The new cover will update the stool and extend the life of the cushion for years of enjoyment.

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  1. Place a large piece of paper on the floor. Flip the bar stool over and set the seat on the paper. Trace the bar seat with a pencil to make a template.

  2. Measure the height of the seat, from the cushion top edge to the bottom. Add 2 inches to this measurement and increase the diameter of the traced circle by this amount.

  3. Cut out the adjusted paper template, align it on the decorator fabric and pin to hold it in place. Cut out the fabric circle.

  4. Measure the circumference of the fabric circle and multiply the value by 0.75. Cut a piece of 1/4-inch elastic to the length of the adjusted measurement.

  5. Turn the edge 1/4 inch to the wrong side and iron or pin to hold in place. Turn the edge an additional 1/2 inch to the wrong side and iron or pin to hold it in place.

  6. Sew close to the inside edge to hold the fold in place and create a casing for the elastic. Leave a 1-inch hole to feed through the elastic.

  7. Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and push it through the casing opening. Push the safety pin through the casing, pinning the opposite end to the edge of the casing to prevent it from pulling through.

  8. Remove the safety pin after feeding the elastic through the casing. Match the two ends of elastic and sew them together to secure. Sew the 1-inch opening closed to finish the cover.

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Things You'll Need

  • Large paper
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • 1/4-inch elastic
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Safety pin

About the Author

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.

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