I did it! Made dining chair slipcovers!

deeinohioNovember 8, 2012

I have been wanting to do this forever, but was intimidated because I'm not an experienced sewer - just some throw pillows and occassionally curtain panels. With some serious internet research, and a few you-tube videos, I decided to just do it. I made 4 side chair covers and 2 armchair covers.

Keep in mind, please, I am NOT a sewer, and I subscribe to The Nester's philosophy that something doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful.

They still need some ironing and clipping, but I wanted to see them together. Please ignore the seweing paraphernalia. I'm going to make a couple of pillows in a mustard print for 2 of the chairs to match the ones in the kitchen.

I love the botanical series The Temple of Flora by Dr. Thornton and was thinking these two prints side by side on the long wall. What do you think?

Dee

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DLM2000

OMG I'm so impressed! They look fabulous! Pleated and everything - you are one brave wo-man!!!

I'm in the same sewing category as you - not a complete novice but never venturing into anything complicated. I've had slip covers for my dining chairs on my agenda for YEARS. You are my new hero!

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 11:06AM
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marti8a

They look great! I'm with dlm, you are one brave woman. Pleats are hard.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 12:10PM
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gmp3

WOW! Those look great.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 12:15PM
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cathy.d

WHAT. Those are adorable. They remind me of lace-up ballet slippers. How classy! Great job with these...you should start a business :)

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 12:24PM
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bestyears

Beautiful job! They are gorgeous!

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 12:50PM
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cat_mom

They look fun, in a pretty and tasteful way (not tacky or kitschy). I hope you have some absolutely delightful meals while sitting on them!!!

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 1:27PM
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Flowerchild

Very nice, great job. I can imagine the struggle with those pleats. That was a hard project for a beginner. They look terrific. I love the botanical art.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 2:34PM
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ghostlyvision

Good work, they look terrific, and I love the botanical prints.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 2:56PM
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stinky-gardener

So pretty! Great job!

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 3:09PM
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allison0704

You did a great job - so pretty!

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 3:13PM
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always1stepbehind

Those are awesome...But I'd be afraid to let anyone sit on them ;-)

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 3:14PM
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kswl2

Great job, I am impressed!

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 5:09PM
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Fori is not pleased

I looked at the photo and thought what a shame it would be to slipcover those gorgeous chairs...and then noticed it was the "after" picture. They're perfect! Love the strappy ties in the back.

I think the prints will be great in there too.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 5:17PM
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nanny2a

You did a beautiful job! No one would know that they weren�t professionally done. You aced this!

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 7:36PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Well done!

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 8:15PM
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bethohio3

Great job! Isn't it fantastic to use something you've created!

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 9:03PM
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cooperbailey

Awesome job! very inspiring for the rest of us!

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 9:08PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

Dee, hate to disagree with you, but you are indeed a sewer! I do agree with what everyone else said-wonderful and impressive!

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 9:36PM
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deeinohio

Thank you all so much for your kind words.

dlm: Deb, you SO can do this. Believe me. If I did it, anyone can do it. If you decide to take it on, I'll share what I learned (Translation: Keep you from making my mistakes).

marti8a, gmp3, bestyears, cat_mom, ghostlyvision, stinky-gardener, allison, kswl, fori, anniedeighnaugh, bethohio3, cooperbailey, cyn427: Thank you all for taking the time to make such wonderful comments.

cathy.d: My inspiration was Lauren Ross' slipcovers, and she used ballet ties; mine could have been a little shorter, though. And I laughed out loud at your going into business comment!

flowerchild: I did the pleats with a SW paint stick with a slot in it, while sitting in front of the television. Time-consuming, but easy. I know a professional would use some kind of pleater mechanism, but I didn't have one.

nanny2a: I know you're a wonderful seamstress, so I appreciate your remarks. You (and annie and any other seamstresses) will appreciate that only a novice like me would take on a project with denim fabric, self-lined knife pleats (6 layers) sown in a length (so sometimes an extra layer or two) and self-lined seat (2 layers) and use a cheapie Kenmore to sew the suckers together. Sewing through the thickness was the worst part of the project, and I really feared I wouldn't make it.

And, thanks to those who commented on the botanicals. I'm going to order them.

Dee

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 11:31PM
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Javachik

How pretty-both the covers and the prints! Three of those prints might look nice - unless they are each really (really) large.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 5:11AM
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loribee

Kudos!! They are gorgeous!

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 5:38AM
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WMA89

Wow, they're gorgeous! I love the way the slipcovers tone down the formality of the chair. So glad you posted this, as I have been wanting to do the same thing to a new CL dining set I just purchased but have felt a little intimidated due to my basic sewing skills. You have inspired me!

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 6:05AM
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deeinohio

Thanks, javachik. I can order those prints in several sizes, so I think I'm going rather large, though the idea of 3....
Thanks, loribee and WMA89. And WMA, do it! Feel fere to email me if you need any help. As I said earlier, I learned a lot because I made many mistakes.

Dee

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 3:26PM
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rafor

Great job! Those are wonderful. I keep seeing them all over blogland. Almost makes me want to get out my sewing machine and go for it.... I said "almost"!

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 3:52PM
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tuesday_2008

Good job Dee! Am I remembering correctly that you recently retired (maybe a couple of years ago)? I bet you love having time and energy to take on little projects like this. Keep paving the way for me. I have a couple of years left.

I see all these little projects that I would love to try and my thoughts are "oh..gee...one of these days...when I need to fill up the 24/7 hours I will : paint something or refinish a piece or sew some drapes or make a quilt or watch movies all day.

Enjoy your lovely chairs.

Tuesday

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 4:34PM
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daisychain01

OMG, they look just like something off of cote de texas. Love the whole European-chic vibe you have going on with the rug and the prints will be perfect. Post another finished pic when the prints are up.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 6:00PM
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61tinkerbell

I LOVE them!!!! I'm just starting to sew and this is perfect for my breakfast room chairs!!!

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 9:46PM
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deeinohio

Thanks, Tuesday. You have a great memory! It will be 4 years this December I've been retired. I still wake up in the morning ecstatic my time is my own. I do, however, work a seasonal job about 5 months a year, some of it from home, to stash up some decorating funds.

Thank you, too, daisy and tinker. I know you've done larger projects, daisy; and tinker, I know you're willing to try anything! Make sure to share yours when you get them done.

Dee

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 11:31PM
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61tinkerbell

Dee, I've only done square pillows and a window seat, but it gave me enough confidence to try more things! Did you buy a pattern or make a pattern? Are they stuffed with fiberfill or a cushion?

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 7:30AM
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deeinohio

Tinker, they're not stuffed at all; the chairs are upholstered. I self lined the seat to make sure you couldn't see through it.

I (well, DH) took off one of the chair cushions, traced around it onto muslin, added about 3 inches, then folded it in half, and used that as a pattern, putting it on a fold so both sides looked alike.

As I mentioned earlier, I used a slotted paint stick to make the folds.

Feel free to email me if you have any other questions.

Dee

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 8:49AM
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lavender_lass

Dee- Congrats! Very well done...and such a great feeling, isn't it? :)

I like the prints, especially the one on the left. It looks great with the rug!

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 2:16PM
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kathie738p

When you start selling these I'll need 6...absolutely divine!

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 5:06PM
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