Tailored Denim Seat Covers

Denim seat covers by The Slipcover Maker
Makeover for torn leather dining room chairs.

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″ top stitch instead of bulky covered welt cord.
  • Used flap closures with Velcro instead of chunky ties.
  • Opted for a flat, banded skirt  — no pleats.


  1. That is so interesting how you used the velcro closure and used the denim on this wooden chair. I got my used office chairs that I re-covered with nice fabric from the twice a year county surplus sale. I am going to look next time for these wooden office old chairs that I can make covers for. Not just the seat but change the whole look of them, softer looking. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  2. Can you create custom sized kitchen chair covers if ai provide you with photos that contain measuring instruments in the image?

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