1.18.2010

Party Box....#2 - Chair Cover Tutorial

Last week we created a Party Banner, and this week we will feature a Chair Cover. We created ours in a theme of HAPPY BIRTHDAY. A special way to designate where the birthday boy/girl will sit for their special meals, etc. It also comes with a pocket on the backside for birthday cards or special notes from family members. A fun little pocket to hold all the birthday love sent their way!

Let's get started!

Materials:
3/4 yd of fabric
Extra Wide Double folded bias tape
scissors
measuring tape
thread
sewing machine
iron


Step 1: Because all chairs are different shapes and we are currently not using our usual set, we will be creating a cover that should work for all types! Measure the width across the back of your chair. Decide how wide you want your cover to be. Measure up and down - from the chair seat to the top and double that measurement (this way it will cover the back of the chair too). Add in enough room for seam allowances as well.

Step 2: Cut out 2 rectangle shapes from your fabric that you took measurements for above. We chose to create the reverse side in a different fabric (one boy fabric/one girl fabric). If so, cut 1 rectangle from each fabric. Set aside

Step 3: Depending on the width of your chair cover your pocket size will vary. Our finished pocket size is 4 inches small than the total width of the cover and about 6 inches tall.
Decide on your measurements and cut two pieces of fabric. The fabric can be the same at the cover or contrast it as pictured below.

Place your pocket pieces right sides together and sew down 3 sides leaving the top open. Turn right side out and press. Fold the top edge under about 1/2 inch and sew closed. Place your pocket on your cover fabric and position in the middle. We placed our pocket 3.5 inches down from the top. Pin and sew in place. Repeat on the second cover fabric piece if your cover will be reversible.

Step 4: Attaching the ties. Cut 4 pieces of extra wide double folded bias tape to be 10 inches long. Place on the right side of the fabric in each corner about 1.5 inches from the top and bottom edge. Pin in place.

Step 5: Place the back/reverse side of the fabric on top with right sides together. Lining up the edges and smoothing flat, pin the two sides together. Sew three sides together leaving one end open for turning. Turn right side out, and press. Fold under the open edge about 1/2 inch, pin and sew closed continuing around the entire cover for a top stitched look.

Here is our chair cover - one side for a Birthday Boy and one side for a Birthday Girl!


optional: We created a button hole on 2 ends and attached ties on the other two to attach it to our chair.

Slip it on your chair for that special occasion! Can be created for other events as well! Pop the cover into your "party box" along with your Party Banner!
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Find the tutorial for the Party Banner HERE or hop over to the sidebar and find it under the my "Tutorials" section.


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5 comments:

  1. I love them. So clever and cute!

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  2. Love it! So cute. Love the fabric too. Very cute. I need to make one of these for sure!

    XOOX
    Jen

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  3. thanks so much! I didn't even notice the pocket initially. Now to make the time to do this...

    All the best,
    JJ

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  4. You're so good at explaining, you almost had me thinking I could do this.

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  5. Thanks! I'm obsessed with slipcovers lately and these are too cute. Going in my favorites folder :0)
    Lynea

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