Dining room chairs slipcovered in embroidered cotton? That’s right and they are absolutely lovely, one placed at each end of Judy’s dining room table.
For this custom slipcover project I used unbleached muslin with candlewicking, a form of whitework embroidery. Not exactly the type of durable, heavy weight fabric I typically recommend for slipcovers.
If you’re a parent of small kiddos and/or pets you’re probably thinking NO WAY! I agree. However, for Judy’s occasional use, this fabric will function just fine.
I preshrunk the fabric, which relaxed the overall look and feel. I also lined the slipcover to add body.
Judy’s pair of vintage armchairs are the perfect size and style for mixing with her wood dining chairs. Her new slipcovers are the finishing touch to her very pretty dining room.
If you’re a fan of cotton gingham you will love this little check pattern in classic charcoal and natural. It’s so versatile, a good one for all types of slipcovers.
I’m working on 16 chair pad covers, 6 of them in this fabric. I sure like the look but cutting, folding, pressing and stitching the Velcro tabs (64 pieces total) makes me a little batty. 🙂
Adding a topper to your kitchen chairs or dining set is an economical way to give them an instant update. A topper is a little slipcover that covers just the top of the chair.
After giving her kitchen a complete makeover (it’s really beautiful!), my customer’s Windsor dining chairs looked outdated.
Instead of throwing them out and starting over she replaced the two end chairs with upholstered parson chairs. She used Waverly Strands Sterling fabric.
I helped her coordinate the remaining Windsor chairs with the new pieces by making fitted toppers from textured cotton linen trimmed with natural linen.
The textured cotton linen is thick with good body, which offered nice coverage over the wood spindles. Since the chair backs are exposed my customer decided on a shirt tail hem detail instead of ending the topper at the seat.
Want more inspiration for chair toppers? Check out these creative designs:
My customer loves the look of toile. So when we found this toile-inpsired floral print (a bargain at $3.97 per yard) it was a perfect fit for her parson chair slipcovers.
This cotton drapery fabric is medium weight. It works great for slipcovers that get moderate use. I like lining the skirt when using this type of fabric. It looks richer and hangs better than unlined.
Fabric source: Stan Cathell for Magnolia Home Fashions purchased at Field’s Fabrics.
Washable seat covers for dining room chairs are a smart choice when upholstery becomes stained and worn out. Or, splits and peels like Pam’s leather-like chair seats.
A thick, tough fabric was needed to cover these every day chairs. We chose a heavy weight 14 ounce denim for it’s excellent coverage over the black upholstery. It also stands-up to a lot of wear, perfect for Pam’s big family.
While heavy denim is ideal for seat covers, bulky seams can present a few design challenges. Here’s what I did to reduce the bulk in order to create a smooth, tailored fit:
- Made the pattern with as few seams as possible.
- Detailed with faux piping, a 3/8″ saddle stitch instead of bulky covered welt cord.
- Used flap closures with Velcro instead of chunky ties.
- Opted for a flat, banded skirt — no pleats.