Do-it-yourself chair covers: photos, patterns
Do-it-yourself chair covers: photos, patterns

Chair covers are not only beautiful decorative elements, but also useful things in a functional sense. Firstly, sewn covers hide the flaws of old and shabby chairs, and secondly, they can completely change the look of the room, serve as a decor for the room. If there are chair covers in a cafe or restaurant, you understand that this is a decent establishment, not an eatery. And how beautifully you can decorate a banquet hall for a wedding ceremony! The covers give the room solemnity, and upon entering you immediately understand the significance of this ceremony.

Such furniture decor items have a variety of types. It all depends on the purpose of the room. They can be of different shapes, differ in the quality of the material, structure, additional elements decorating the case: bows and folds, ruffles, be with buttons and ties, fasten with Velcro or put on a wooden part by pulling.

Chair covers come in a variety of fabrics. It can be a shiny satin in white or light shades, or a dense material for everyday use, bright and stylish for a living room or withchildren's drawing in the child's room. In the article, we will consider how to sew chair covers with our own hands with detailed instructions and photographs. The presented pattern will help you understand the shape of the future product.

Varieties of cases

One-piece covers cover the entire surface of the chair. The fabric from the back goes down to the seat and then completely covers all the legs of the chair right up to the floor. These chair covers are perfect for your living room or dining room. This type of covers can also be diversified, decorating both the back and the lower hanging part with folds and assemblies. They can be pulled onto the chair with your hands, or they can have fasteners on the back on the back - buttons or Velcro, ties or bows.

Chair cover for the living room

There are also separate chair covers. This type of design of the chair has two elements - a cover for the back and for the seat. Sew them separately. This is convenient for a home environment, as you can always remove one element and wash it separately. Of course, the seat cover gets dirty more, so they change it more often.

Also, some craftswomen can sew either only the backrest or only the seat cover. If the chair has a beautiful wooden back, then it is not necessary to cover it. She also decorates the product. And the cover only on the seat is protective in nature, which protects the material of the chair from scuffs and dirt.

Sew and simple capes. It is very easy to sew such covers, since the pattern of the chair cover is a simple rectangle, which is tied at the side with ties at the fold points.

Knitted covers are veryan expensive pleasure that not everyone can afford, since there is a lot of yarn, and threads are expensive now.

Cotton for cover

Cotton fabrics are used in everyday life and to protect chairs in the kitchen or on the veranda. It can be satin or denim, gabardine or linen, twill, crepe satin, canvas, brocade fabrics and silk gabardine. Such fabrics are relatively inexpensive and hypoallergenic. They serve their owner for a long time, wash well.

cotton covers

But they also have drawbacks: the fabric burns out in the sun, and when moisture gets in, it quickly absorbs it. They are used temporarily, as they are short-lived. Linen covers will be very wrinkled, after washing they are hard to iron. And silk gabardines and satin are slippery, so for everyday use they are best used for frills or a sheath petticoat.

Cotton fabrics are also used for the children's room. For such covers, you can pick up a soft seat. Brocade fabrics have a fairly large weight. Although they are strong, sewing from such material is not easy, especially if you are still only an amateur seamstress.

Synthetic material for cases

From synthetics, do-it-yourself biflex fabrics, flock or microfiber are used for sewing chair covers. Let's take a closer look at their properties. Such matter is resistant, it is cleaned well, it almost does not get wet. Also, the material is stretchy, stretches in any direction. Spandex and lycra are used as universal covers for the office and other areas with a large number of visitors. They can drag dirtinto the fabric and for a long time to do without cleaning. Flock is not washed at all, and the material is able to withstand several cleanings.

Microfiber is not cleaned, but after several years of use it can be thrown away, as there will be no beautiful appearance. These chair covers with a back can be worn over rented cafe or dining room furniture.

Taking measurements for patterns

For tailoring chair covers with a back, the following measurements are made:

  • From the top of the back to the floor in a straight line. This will be the height on the pattern.
  • At the seat, both width and length are measured along the edge.
  • Height of chair legs. Measured from seat down to floor.
  • If the back has an uneven shape, for example, the top is wider, then measurements are taken of the widest part and the bottom, which will be narrower.
  • The distance between the legs of the chair is also measured. They can also be either straight or extended downwards. Take measurements of the top (narrowest part) and the widest point at the bottom.
  • If the back is round or some other non-standard shape, then it is better to simply circle its contours on a paper or a roll of wallpaper so that the pattern fully matches the shape, otherwise there will be problems when trying on, for example, there will be elongated corners, voids, and a cover should clearly repeat the shape of the chair and fit it around the perimeter.
Dining room covers

Simple pattern of one-piece case

The chair cover pattern has a cross shape. In the middle there should be a rectangle, the height of which will be equal to the addition of the height of the back, multiplied bytwo, seat length and leg height. If you are using a fabric that stretches well, then these measurements will be enough for a pattern of a single piece. If the fabric is cotton, then you must additionally include the thickness of the back of the chair in the calculations.

Pattern from Paint author's

If the chair back cover has an inverse pleat, then the width of the back of the chair will need to be significantly increased depending on the size of the pleat. If there are buttons on the back, then you need to divide the pattern into two equal parts and add on each side to the hem and to the button placket.

If you intend to completely cover the side wooden elements of the back of the chair, then you need to add a couple of centimeters to the dimensions of the front of the back on one side or the other.

Examples of different patterns

Patterns of covers for the back of a chair differ from each other mainly in the shape of the skirt. The covers on the back of the chair are mostly cut in the same way. The length and width measurements are added to the chair thickness measurements. Work on the back can include creating a pocket, one or more counter pleats, sewing on a bow or bandage. The back can be made in a contrasting color fabric.

The bottom of the back can also be decorated with either a flounce or with folds, as in the photo below. Also, on this part of the cover, you can put on a separately tailored bandage, attach it to the buckle or fasten it with a button.

Festive option

The lower part of the skirt should lie on the floor, that is, when the skirt is cut out, you needadd a couple of centimeters for this purpose, not to mention the hem of the fabric at the seams.

Soft seat insert

We figured out the sewing of the cover for the back of the chair according to the pattern, now let's look at the seat options. If the chair is made of wood and its seat is solid, then this unpleasant moment can be corrected by sewing a cover. To do this, the seat pattern must have a pocket at the bottom. A sheet of foam rubber cut out according to the template is inserted into it, you can tailor a pillow from cut pieces of padding polyester folded in half.

Linen is considered the best material for a pocket. It is sewn without any fasteners so that the soft insert does not fall out, the material is folded inward, similar to sewing a pillowcase.

The following materials can be selected for the insert:

  • furniture foam rubber, brand 35-45 will do;
  • sheets of synthetic winterizer;
  • felt both natural and synthetic;
  • holofiber.

But you need to take into account that both synthetic winterizer and holofiber eventually take on a flattened shape due to weight, they also cannot be washed, so after some time of use they will simply be thrown away and replaced with new ones.

Casual cases

Cover for a chair with a backrest with your own hands can be sewn for the home, both simple and with beautiful additions. They can be of different lengths, not necessarily to the floor, because if there are pets in the house, they will constantly dirty the lower part, and if there is a cat, then the cover material will become his toy, the void under the cover in this case will play the role of a reliableasylum.

everyday cases

A short version of the covers is made when the legs are in good condition. This option can be sewn holistically, as well as individual elements. You can even decorate plain covers beautifully. The photo above shows how the side details are framed. The surface of the seat is also marked with an additional seam with a cord insertion inside.

Individual items

Covers for chairs (see photo in the article) can consist of two separate parts - backs and seats. If they are sewn from colored fabric, then you can diversify everything with inserts of plain fabric. The piping looks beautiful on all seams in a contrasting color, the buttons trimmed in the same color scheme.

original covers

Secure the seat cover with bows or simple matching ties. The wavy bottom of each element, trimmed with black piping, looks original.

Game case

For a children's room, you can sew an interesting version of a cover on a chair that imitates a stove. Black circles are sewn on the seat - burners for cooking. On the front of the bottom of the cover, make an oven application. You can cut a buttonhole that closes in its place so that the child can "open" the oven and put the pan or pot in the void under the chair.

Children's cover - stove

On the front wall of the backrest, you can sew a strip of fabric with cutouts for inserting knives, a ladle and other kitchen items, or you can make an applique window andattach one short curtain on top, or sew two longer ones and hook them on the sides with beautiful ties. It will also be interesting to look at the plastic children's dish dryer sewn onto this part.

Stripes with places for forks, spoons are sewn on the sides of the cover skirt. You can attach plastic hooks and hang pots or pans by the handles.

For a boy, you can create a workshop in the same way. The seat of the chair will be a workbench, and tools are hung on the back. If you fantasize about this topic, you can also make a washbasin by attaching a faucet to the back and placing a bowl on the seat. The rest of the details - soap, brushes, washcloths - are placed in the side pockets of the skirt.

Holiday cases

Weddings and other festive events are decorated with chairs in a special way. The color of the fabric is usually taken light - white, champagne, milky, beige. The material is chosen mainly satin. But they also use crepe satin or light brocade. This fabric has a soft and delicate structure, the cover skirt forms smooth wavy folds. Sometimes lace, artificial flowers, bows of a different color are used. Often the upper part of the back is decorated with a piece of fabric of a different color. There are cases of using dark colors - dark blue and even black, but more often these are delicate colors - pink, light green, light green and other pastel colors.

covers for wedding

Skirt can be separately sewn with pleats or frills.


The article provides detailed instructions for sewing a coveron a chair with your own hands, patterns of the main style of a single piece. The reader now has an idea of ​​suitable fabrics, types of covers and their decoration. Use the knowledge gained in practice and decorate your life with beautiful products for the home.

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