Here's how we did it! I'm going to be honest, some sewing experience will be helpful for this project. I got the idea to remake a chair several years ago when watching a home decorating show on TV where they were making a slip cover for an old chair or couch. The basic concept is to turn your fabric pieces inside out and pin them while on the chair for a fitted look.
Here are the steps to remake a chair:
Cut a square shape and staple the batting to the chair seat with a staple gun. Be careful with this part if your children are helping! Leave one side open and add a bit more pillow stuffing to make the seat more cushy.
Reattach your seat and the chair is ready for it's new look!
Cut two pieces of fabric, one for the seat and one for the back. You may need two pieces of fabric for the back if your pattern doesn't look the same upside down.
With your fabric inside out, pin your fabric in two places. Where the seat meets the back and where the fabric meets on each side of the seat back.
Now that your seams are sewn. Put your slip cover back on your chair right side out.
Sew two seams to connect your front skirt panel to each of the side panels.
Here is a picture of the skirt panels sew together.
The next step is to attach the skirt.
With your slip cover (seat and back) on your chair right side out, pin your skirt (also right side out) to the seat on the front and sides. You will attach the skirt to the back panel in the next step. Tuck the fabric on the corners for a tailored look.
Now you will carefully remove your slip cover and sew the skirt to the seat on the front and sides. You will be sewing on top of the skirt with the right side out.
Now that your skirt is attached, put your slip cover back on your chair, this time inside out.
Remove the slip cover and sew up these two seams right along the pins. This seam should match up to close the corners where they meet the back of the chair.
When you have finished these seams, try your slip cover right side out on your chair to make sure you are happy with the fit. If everything looks good, trim off excess fabric at the seams.
Put your slip cover back on the chair right side out.
Remove the slip cover and sew your hem.
Put your slip cover on your chair and enjoy!
My daughter and I are pretty happy with the results. What do you think?
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