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Folding Chair Slipcovers

Leesa | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi everyone,

I am new to Gatherings but read it often.

As I live in Australia and we are moving into what looks like a very hot summer, I thought I would update my old folding directors chairs with new slip covers but I am having trouble finding a pattern or information on how to measure it out for myself and with the wealth of knowledge that Gatherings members seem to have I thought I should ask for your help.

I am a self-taught sewer and with a little help can produce most things without too much trouble.

If anyone has any suggestions on how to measure the chairs etc. and then work out fabric requirements etc. I would really appreciate it.





  1. sewhat | | #1


    You didn't say, but do the chairs currently have covers on them?  If so, I would just remove one, take it completely apart, and use this as your pattern.  Other than that, I am not sure where you  would go for a pattern.  Once you have one apart, you can make a pattern using paper, like freezer paper.  Then just play with the pattern pieces to see how they will best lay on your fabric and use this as your guide line in calculating how much fabric you will need.  Good luck.

    Edited 12/9/2003 7:22:19 AM ET by ckaya748

    1. Leesa | | #4


      The chairs currently have just a straight back piece approximately 30cm in depth and a seat.  These are just stapled onto the chair and I did think of using them, but then I thought as the chairs are so old and disgusting looking themselves that I could make a slip cover that covered the whole thing.

      Thanks for the suggestion anyway.


  2. SewTruTerry | | #2


    Why not start with some muslin or some other cheap cotton fabric and start draping a chair and cutting and gathering to come up with your own slip cover?  That way after you have something that you like use the fabric to make your pattern and estimate yardage that way based on the width of the material for the final project.  And in fact at least here in the "States" just throwing fabric over the whole thing and gathering it with rubber bands and safety pins has almost become a national tradition.

    Just some thoughts.

    1. Leesa | | #3

      Thanks Terry,

      Personally I would just drape the fabric and use rubber bands but my husband is a little more conventional and wants a slightly more fitted look.  I will give the muslin a try and see how I go.


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