Tuesday, November 1, 2011



Liz wanted a fresh look for her dining chairs. Painting the set was not a choice so  I suggested recovering the chair seats and making some covers for the backs.

The chairs are fairly petite. Not wanting a busy look we talked about linens and drop cloths and burlap. Liz produced some old linen monogrammed napkins that had belonged to her great grandmother. And I took them home and started brain storming. 

Now I can sew but have never made slip covers before so this was quite the learning experience for me too...

I decided to keep things simple. I had some complimentary stripe fabric on hand in two different tones, one a dark stripe and one a tan stripe and used them to add a little color and interest to each chair. 
For the seat, I used some drop cloth (washed twice and ironed) and sewed on a large band of the dark stripe material.
For the backs, I decided I wanted to use the napkin embroidered initials as well as the stripe material. I cut out the monogram part of the napkin
 and sewed it the center of the one of the sides of the slip cover.
I then took the stripe material and sewed a band to the top  of the chair cover and added a wooden bead from a piece of trim.
And here is a dark stripe chair with the back facing forward
Liz had one armchair that required a little different cover.
I basically left the sides open and added some stripe fabric to the sides. Then I made ties out of extra drop cloth fabric and attached them so that they tied under each arm.
Turned out great didn't they?
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  1. They turned out fabulous!!! I love that wooden button as well!

  2. Wow these are gorgeous. You did a wonderful job. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  3. You did a wonderful job! I love the strip on the seat covers - it adds such a great pop of color.

  4. So creative! I keep wanting to make some covers for my chairs. Maybe this is the motivation I needed!

  5. Wow! Those turned out fab! Thanx for coming over to party!

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