When I first started brainstorming all of my ideas for the Easter Lunch photo shoot, one of the first things that came to mind was that I wanted to use my kids’ play table and chairs. There was one HUGE downfall though; the chairs were primary colors and by no means would they coordinate with the intended color scheme. My solution? I set out to make miniature chair covers.
Now before I list out the materials or get started on the actual tutorial, let me please explain something so you don’t freak out. I used white felt. Yes, you read that correctly: white. Gasp! But seriously, the felt is a super durable fabric that can hold up to the wear and tear of little ones and white can be bleached back its natural, pure beauty. I also purposely chose white so that the covers could be used for multiple occasions. Bonus points for extending the usage of the covers!
Felt by the yard (2 yards was plenty to cover my four chairs; I also got mine on sale at JoAnn when it was $2.50/yd)
Fabric for the sashes (Mine are 11″ wide)
1. Get all of your supplies out. I made sure to do this when my kidlets were fast asleep. Something about having pins and scissors by my sass-tastic daughter just didn’t seem right. I started by placing the felt over the top of the chair, making sure to line up the edge of the felt an inch or so over the edge of the chair and began pinning the felt together around the chair.
2. I make sure that all of my pins are going up and down. This helps me to have a line to follow when I get to my sewing machine. If you are a seamstress or have any experience sewing, this probably goes against everything you were taught. Since I’m teaching myself, this is how I do things. 🙂
2.Cut the piece of felt along the floor and along the other edge of the chair. Measure the side pieces and cut out of the felt. Make sure to add in the inch allowance around each edge! If you don’t do this, you won’t have enough fabric to attach the two pieces together! Pin down the other side and the pieces at the bottom.
3. Start sewing! I used the regular straight stitch, starting at the top of one side and worked my way around.
4. You might have some excess fabric around your seams (I did), so take a minute to trim off that extra so it doesn’t create bumps or lumps under your cover. Another helpful hint: be sure that you avoid cutting the seams (not that I would know from personal experience or anything…).
5. Turn your cover right side out, push the corners out so they are nice and pointy. Take a moment to admire your craftiness, go get some choclate to celebrate, and now make three more chair covers so that you have a nice matchy set.
6. I created the sash by cutting long strips of fabric and tying them around the back of the chair. My dirty little secret is that they weren’t hemmed or anything. I merely tucked the unfinished edges in and no one knew what I had/hadn’t done.
I was actually surprised at how remarkably easy this project was and now that its done, my kids have the covers for each holiday and tea party and fancy play date. Easy peasy!
If you decide to use this tutorial, I’d love for you to link up your project so I can see your spin on it!
I’m linking up here: