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In this post:  Follow these DIY steps to learn how to make a fabric slip cover for a chair.

How to make a fabric slip cover for a chair

Believe it or not, I picked up this chair at a thrift store for $3.  Yep, $3.

The chair was still in great shape, but I wanted to make a slip cover for it for a couple reasons.

  1. I have a brown leather couch in my living room, and this chair looked dark and mismatched next to it.
  2. When you get up after sitting on microfiber fabric, you leave a perfect image of your back side.

Microfiber chair

First, I considered painting the upholstery.  But, I didn’t think I’d like the texture.  Plus, this wouldn’t solve the butt-imprint problem.

So, even though I’ve never tried anything like this before, I decided to make a fabric slip cover.

DIY guide download

How to Make a Fabric Slip Cover for a Chair


Materials to make a slip cover

The lost art of making slip covers

Years ago, my mom gave me a home decorating book written in the 1940’s. It has lots of interesting tips, methods, and ideas from another era.

Home decorating book

I never thought I’d actually use anything from this book, but it came in handy when I discovered there’s a whole section on how to make slip covers.  (It’s titled Slip Cover Enchantment.)

There’s actually not a lot of instruction.  Basically, you drape fabric over your chair, and cut it to fit.

So, that’s what I did.

How I made my fabric slip cover

Watch the video to see the process for how to make a fabric slip cover for a chair.  (Pause it as often as you need.)

IMPORTANT:  Make sure to work with the wrong side of the fabric facing out.  That way, after you sew everything and turn it around, the right side of the fabric will be on the outside.

My DIY Fabric Slip Cover

Making this slip cover took me about eight hours total. I spent a lot of time thinking about how to shape the fabric before actually making any cuts.

Here’s what it looks like finished:

DIY fabric slip cover for a chair

Honestly, I was pretty impressed that it turned out as good as it did as a first attempt.

As I learned, making a slip cover is time consuming, but not that hard.  I have faith that you can do it, too!

My one goof was cutting the fabric too short in one of the corners.  I had to fudge it a bit to make it work.

DIY slip cover

But, as my mom says, “That’s where the throw pillow goes.”

Make a fabric slip cover

Drop me a line in the comments if you have any questions.  I’d love to help you make your own fabric slip cover, and give new life to your chair.

How to slip cover a chair
DIY slip cover tutorial

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2 Comments on How to Make a Fabric Slip Cover for a Chair

  1. You did a great job for a first try. I what to mention that if the chair had a separate seat cushion it would look best to do the chair and the cushion separately. However these days it seems chairs are unlikely to come that way. If I have a choice (and I often don’t) I often choose furniture with separate or detached cushions. One reason is that if there is damage to one side I can turn it. Another is that it is easier to make a slip cover or reupholster. Anyway thanks for provided this information for single women and others who want to do things for themselves, affordably.

    • Great point about the cushion. This one is attached, but I wasn’t going to pass up a $3 chair! Thanks for your tips, and encouragement to others!

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