I’ve done them for years and years. Before it was called DIY, and before DIY was a blogging niche, and before it was the ‘in’ thing to do!
Today I get to share with you a #BestofDIY project – along with 24 other bloggers – we’ve teamed up to bring you our best and to link together so you can click through to see them all.
Black, White, and Gold Slipcovered Chair
I stewed a bit about what to do for my project. Teaming up with such talented and wonderful bloggers it had to be something really great. I settled on one idea and then another, and ended up tossing them all aside.
And then my eyes lit upon this chair I’ve used for a sewing chair.
I got it at an auction last spring for a buck. Yeah. $1.
It’s sturdy and comfy and I planned to give it a makeover, but it kept getting put on the back burner and I kept using it. It wasn’t terrible, but the fabric was stained and it didn’t have any ‘WOW’ factor.
When I got the chair it had one spring that had ‘sprung’ 😀
The first thing this chair needed was some paint on those legs. I pulled out some leftover Chalk Paint from the back of my stash and gave the legs a couple of coats.
When the white was dry I taped off the bottom few inches of the legs and added some gold.
Love some gold bling!
Now to cover that old fabric and really up that WoW factor!
I’ve had this black and white stripe fabric in my stash for a couple of years. It was in the ‘as-is’ section at IKEA. It had been used in one of their displays as a curtain.
There were 3 yards or more of the fabric and it was priced at $5. Of course I had to add it to my stash!
To begin – I draped the chair and cut two pieces that would cover the seat, and the back of the chair. The back piece you can see is longer in the back to completely cover the seat too.Slipcovering symmetrical pieces is super easy. You turn your fabric right side down so you can pin it exactly like it needs to be sewn and then sew along your pinned line.
I pinned both front corners of the seat so it would be a fitted piece. I also pinned the back to the seat along the seat line.
I sewed along my pinned lines, removing the pins as I went.
After sewing the extra at the corners was trimmed off and the seams all serged.
I always put my slip cover on the right way after each thing I stitch to make sure it’s fitting like I want it too.
Next I pinned along the top sides of the chair back.
Since the chair back is smaller at the bottom than the top I was only able to sew it from the top down about 7 inches. Sewing all the way to the bottom would not allow the back cover to come off and on. I stitched right along this pinned line.
Now I had a cover that fit the seat and the top of the back snugly.
The edges of the pieces left open I then serged to finish them and keep them from fraying.
Both pieces were pressed neatly.
The fabric to the front of the chair I pleated to bring it to the same line as the seat piece and stitched it in place.
The back piece was pressed so it had a nice 1 inch hem to it and brought forward to cover the front piece.
You can see in the bottom photo above that I then marked with a pin a spot on both pieces. This is where I would sew on my ribbon pieces that would tie to keep the slipcover on and make it fitted.
I also did the same thing at a spot above and below this one. The placement of these you need to decide with each piece – I eyeballed what I thought looked good for the first side and then measured so I could make the second side match.
I used ribbon I had on hand in my stash. I had enough of the gold for 4 of the 6 sets of ribbon so I used it on the top two on each side.
You simply attach a piece of ribbon at each place you marked. I sew mine on by machine.
There will be one piece of ribbon on each piece of fabric at each spot you want to tie the cover together. Once tied your cover is securely in place and the ties add to that WoW factor!
So what do you think? Do you like the black, white, and gold?
Now go check out all the other great projects this group has put together! Amazing and inspiring – and it’s SPRINGtime! Time to get going on all the fun DIY projects we’ve put off for the winter!
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