Learn to re cover your own chair this Autumn. We love this gorgeous leafy print, perfect for the new season.
Chair fabric, we used fabric from vintage curtains
Pins, needles and thread
- When we spotted this down at heel cocktail chair in a charity shop, we knew we were onto a winner. The worn out, dowdy chair was transformed into an up to the moment statement chair with a new loose cover made from on trend vintage leaf print fabric. The hook and loop tape opening on the side seam makes fitting easy.
2. To make the pattern for each section of the chair cut a piece of calico, cut them large so there’s enough spare fabric for fitting, the lower edge of the chair will need more than you think necessary to allow for making a tape casing, so be generous.
3. Sew the calico cover together, leave one of the side seams half open. Fit the cover onto the chair, pin the side seam closed and adjust the fitting, taking it in to give a closer fit. Remove the calico cover from the chair, mark the sewn seams with felt pen as well as the centre line of each panel. Unpick the calico cover and pin onto your chair fabric. If you have a design on your fabric use the centre lines to position the pattern pieces on the design. Cut out the fabric, then mark centre lines and seams with a water-soluble pen. Sew the cover together, leaving one of the side seams half open.
4. Cut a 3cm bias strip from calico to bind the curved raw edges around the chair legs. Pin, and sew, turn the raw edge under by 0.5cm then turn the binding and sew in place. Sew hook and loop tape to both sides of the seam opening.
5. To make the tape casing, turn lower edges of the chair cover in by 4cm turn in the raw edge by 1cm then sew down close to the edge. Measure up for the tape, thread through the casings with a safety pin.