Part of frugal living is using what you have until it can't be used anymore. That's a lot of use! Furniture seems to always become boring, worn, outdated or broken - then we spend precious dollars to purchase the replacement. One way to save those dollars is to use throws or slipcovers. Today I am sharing with you a standard method for making slipcovers. If you can sew a straight line, measure and/or cut a pattern, you're in great company for making your own covers!
Let's get with it.
First thing is to gather your supplies and fabric. Download the PDF of the entire pattern here for the materials needed and special notes.
One suggestion for you is consider the type and weight of fabric you will select. Is it washable? Will it hold up to frequent use?
Your chair will need to be measured for length and width in the following areas: Top Front/Back; Seat; All Bottom Sides.
Now that you have recorded the measurements, transfer those numbers to pattern papers or to the wrong side of the fabric. Cut the pieces (total of 7). Mark the wrong side of each piece with it's place (i.e., Back, Seat, etc.). Prepare the piping (optional) and baste to the right side of the top fabric (one piece only). Stitch Back and Front right sides together, sandwiching the piping between the two pieces. Turn right side out, smooth piping and press lightly.
In the order listed below, stitch the bottom side panels to the seat edge:
1) Front panel 2) Back panel 3) Both side panels.
Once this is complete, stitch the side seams to the panels closed. Smooth all of the cover after sliding it over the chair. If it's bulky, turn inside out and trim seams, corners. Hem to the desired length.
That's pretty much all it takes. I know, it's easier to write it out than it is to actually sew it. I think you will find the pattern easy to follow. Sew :) when you have the time, break out that fabric you adore and start planning the frugal uplift to your home furnishings.
With that, I'll sign off and know that I wish you success and inspiration in your projects, today and always!