How to sew chair covers with your own hands
People have different preferences about whether to use chair covers. It is more convenient to sit on the cloak, it protects the chair from damage. However, it is quite difficult to clean. In some apartments it is too cold in winter, so people have to spend money on warm covers for all chairs, and sometimes even sofas. But the life of the furniture is increasing. An ideal option may be a handmade product, but not expensive from the store, but made by yourself. This craft will be an important part of the decor. You need to learn how to properly measure chairs and a little orientation in the styles of execution. Invented a lot of step-by-step master classes on creating these products. You can also buy armchairs with upholstery or ready-made covers, but the latter are difficult to find, and easy-to-clean separate models are even less common. Wraps are bought mainly for the kitchen.
Benefits of Using Chair Covers
There are many more advantages than disadvantages. The first quality worth noting is the low price. In addition, the cover can be made with your own hands. For this, it is not necessary to be able to sew. It is enough to wrap the chair with a cloth, and just leave the raw rough edges to hang. The cover protects the seat from dirt, water and grease. This is a fundamental nuance for rooms such as a kitchen. The appearance of the interior can be varied or changed using covers. In winter, it is preferable to use cold tones, and in summer - warm or vice versa. For every season, it is better to make covers of different thicknesses. Another functional purpose is protection against pets: from their “footprints” and claws. A thick cloak does not have to be washed; thorough cleaning with a detergent and a brush is sufficient. This is a practical thing that can be stylish and beautiful.
Using covers will help you save a lot of money on buying new furniture or repairing old ones!
Variety of models
They are whole and separate. The second subspecies may consist of several parts or connect with Velcro. There is a wide variety of half covers. They are mainly intended for seats, but at various solemn events and ceremonies you can see options only for the back. Products are also classified by the method of planting. On sale, you can see capes that are not stretched, but simply placed on a chair, and if the model is also designed for the back, then the second pillow is attached to the chair with ties or straps. This is the so-called free variety. "Dense" models dress on the entire chair from the top to the legs and hold on tightly. Euro covers are adjacent to the upper part and are more free in the lower one. Covers can have a comfortable seat, but there are options without it. Such wraps perform only decorating and protective functions.
Classical design involves the use of expensive materials. Apply brocade, satin, silk. In modern style synthetic fabrics are pertinent. The eco-friendly case is made of coarse, environmentally friendly materials. One of the sub-styles, boho, involves a burlap finish. Such a direction as Provence is characterized by a predominance of muted colors. Hi-tech cases have a simple coloring, but at the same time an interesting shape. If the room is decorated in the spirit of the English aristocracy, then you should buy a cover made of expensive mother-of-pearl material. A patchwork-style wrap is a great option for DIY production. The execution technique involves the creation of things from flaps and unnecessary residues of materials. If the apartment contains many fragments of various fabrics, then it is worth using them.
It can be:
- old dresses;
- unnecessary trousers;
- the armrests.
The main criteria are functionality and stylistic combination. In addition, it should be suitable for curtains and tablecloths. It is recommended to buy covers with fabrics that are pleasant to the touch; they are perceived differently by people, so an individual approach is needed here. It is important to pay attention to the ability of the material to maintain high quality after washing and to be resistant to contamination (depending on color). There are about 6-8 commonly used types of tissue. Gabardine has a dense structure. Synthetic materials are worse in all respects: they get dirty and wipe quickly. Satin crepe is resilient and soft, quite thin and has a sheen. Lycra (supplex) is elastic, looks beautiful, it is easy to care for it. Spandex does not let water through, but it breathes very well, so it is durable. Brocade is heavy, thick and looks expensive. It’s difficult to take care of her, so it’s better to use dry cleaning services.
How to take measurements from a chair
As in most cases, the first measurement is done on the longest side - the height of the chair. If necessary, the length of the cover is adjusted. After that, the height from the floor to the seat is measured. If the base of the chair is solid, without legs, then the sides are measured, and if with legs - then the distance between them, taking into account its own thickness. Measurements need to be in the widest place, usually on the floor. Many make the mistake of measuring the back in width and height between the frame - you need to know the full parameters. You need to measure the seat in a different way. If it is raised relative to the level of the frame, then the indicators are taken along the borders of the seat. And if at the same height - then along the edges of the whole structure, however, if you need to sew a cloak only on the seat, then it is better to measure only the soft part. Seats of this size will be enough for a comfortable seat.
Drawing and transferring patterns to fabric
The paper is applied to the seat of the chair, fastened with tailor's needles and circled around the edges. Make a margin of about one and a half centimeters for stock. Next, the part is cut out. Pattern from the back is done in the same way. Then a rectangle is drawn on the sheet, corresponding to the length of the legs and the width of the seat at the front of the “skirt”, and 10 cm of patterns are added to it from the side, 5 cm at the bottom and 1.5 cm of allowance for the upper seam. Similarly, drawing sides. 15 cm is added to the edge near the outside of the back. A long, wide sheet is applied to the outside. In the drawing of the rear legs of the chair, 5 cm is added below and 1.5 cm for allowance. Patterns are smoothed out because any bumps will interfere with sewing. Further, the drawing is transferred to the material, taking into account the position of the shared thread. You can draw on the fabric with a pencil, a piece of soap or chalk. Pattern is made in two samples.
Fitting and tailoring tips
When the drawings have already been prepared, it remains to make a layout and find out the consumption of material. When sewing capes for a chair, visual illusion is manifested, supposedly a little fabric is needed. Seams and decorative elements (frills, folds) “require” an additional amount of matter and forethought from the master. Beginners will need an “experimental” case. The pattern is placed on a perfectly flat surface. Dimensions are rechecked vertically and horizontally. Along the edges are allowances. After eliminating all the shortcomings, forms are cut out of the fabric with scissors. Fitting is carried out several times. According to its results, adjustments are made. If necessary, the workpiece is unstuck, and again you will need to create a “test” wrap. The product should take its final shape after it matches the shape of the chair exactly. Cut is scribbled on a sewing machine. It must be borne in mind that it is necessary to place parts in the direction of the shared thread. Direct covers will sit better if their seams are equipped with zippers.
With the help of a ready-made pattern, you can practice and make patterns, fitting and sewing a cover for a certain variety of chairs.
DIY cover options
It all depends on skill and imagination. It is recommended to master several master classes. Color and stylistic design may not coincide with the design of the room, this is acceptable. The shape of the seat cover is mainly of two types: a circle and a square. Seat can be thin, medium thickness or thick. The upper part of the cover can be made like a thick seat, but with straps as a mount. If the cloak is made in the traditional manner, i.e., fits the chair from all sides, then it can be done in many ways. A one-piece cover covers all parts of the furniture, except for the bottom - this part is done in different ways: either to the floor, or slightly cover the seat. A separate option makes it possible to choose the length for the back. The upper cape will also be fastened with ties or tie-fastenings (for the sides of the back). You can sew an elegant "version" with bows, ruffles, an expanded bottom.
Chair cover with fabric back
First, the length and width of the back are measured, as well as the height of the chair. For the kitchen, it is recommended to make wraps not for the entire length, but with a margin of up to 30 cm. For the hall, covers up to the floor are suitable. When sewing, you must take into account the thickness of the back, as it can be very thin (less than 1 cm) or thick (up to 6 cm). The width of the piece of fabric should be 2-5 cm more than the stool. The length of the fragment is determined by the sum of two lengths of the back, an indicator of the length of the seat and its height, multiplied by two. To this number, you need to add stock for seams. The cut is thrown on a stool, lengths are regulated, places under fastenings are noted. As a result, the cloak is sewn so that it is tied to the legs with ties or connected between the floors with fasteners and ties. In the second case, two or three of these elements will be enough. They are better placed on the back of the back.
First, a pattern is prepared. You need a pencil and a newspaper. Then these measurements are transferred to the material folded in half. For each of the legs, two ties about 10 cm long are required. A synthetic winterizer is cut out according to a similar drawing. The width and length parameters are reduced by 1 cm. The laces must be folded twice in width, with the inside out; After that, stitch and turn to the front side. With several large stitches, you need to attach the synthetic winterizer to the inside and the ties to the corners. Now the entire seat box is scribbled, except for a gap of 20 cm in length. Through it, the cover will be turned on the front side. Edges of details are sewn together with a secret seam. Further, the seat is ironed. If you want, at the very end you need to start the final design with ribbons and various decorative elements. All this will take no more than a few hours, and if you have experience in sewing - half an hour or an hour.
Even before the start of the line, the seat should lie like a glove.
Round stool cover
The manufacturing principle is similar to the method of sewing a cape for a square seat. The simplest option involves the use of gum. First of all, measurements are taken from the stool, the diameter is determined. The fabric is marked with an allowance of about 5 cm. The back of the fabric is bent by 2 cm. You need to sew a hem 1 cm from the bend - as a result, a “tunnel” will come out. The gum will be located in it. The next stage is filling. Small cuts are made in the blank. The pad is distributed evenly throughout the seat. The cuts are carefully sewn up - this is done only manually. Then the product is scribbled around the perimeter on a typewriter. Some models of wraps are visually similar to the lids of cans. Also, knitted covers will look good on a round stool. In the process of creating them, you need to use various loops:
- Half Columns.
- Columns, with and without crochets.
Crocheted knitted covers
Such a product is easy enough to wash, and in order to bind it, it does not require much experience. It does not slip on the surface and is suitable for chairs on which children sit. Among crochet techniques, it is worth highlighting a column with three, two or one double crochet, a single crochet, double single crochet, a strong stitch, an air loop and a half-column. Those with little experience should find out which options are the simplest and master them first. It is necessary to determine the scheme and knit, not allowing blooming. For one cloak you will need about 200 g of yarn, and this is approximately one skein. There is a fairly simple scheme for creating a round wrap. First, the diameter of the stool is measured. Then the air loops fit, close in a circle. Next, rows from different loops are made. The angle is leveled by skipping one of them. Upon reaching the required size, you need to knit the sides for secure attachment to the seat.
Cover from an old sweater
Devices that will be required:
- needle for yarn;
- sewing pins;
- sweater (preferably woolen).
First, the clothes are washed and dried on a battery. The material will sit down and the sweater will shrink. A cloak of such wool will keep its shape well. Next, two rectangles are cut with the same width but different lengths (with a difference of 8 to 10 cm). This stock must be used to create the cover of the case. It will be closed with the help of a button. A fragment is cut in such a way as to capture the elastic at the bottom of the sweater (if any). The edges will not have to be processed, and the cape itself will look neater. To get everything as high as possible, you need to use a paper template. The cut out parts of the sweater are folded with the front side inwards. They are aligned and secured with pins. They stitch everywhere except the top. The cover is turned out and ironed with steam. At the end, yarn is wrapped around a button.
Dress up the baby chair
Approximately 1 m of tissue will be required. Sewing the cloak is easy, especially if the back is of a standard shape and there is no need to fit under the belts. Enough of two pieces of fabric and filler. Both fragments are scribbled together. It is recommended to look for waterproof material that is easy to clean and wash. The filler is best taken as soft as possible. Furniture is being measured. First of all, the length and width are determined. If the chair has an unusual shape, with a large number of allowances, then the easiest way to make the correct configuration is to attach the fabric to the chair or to the old cloak and accurately repeat its shape. The next step is creating a pattern and marking the canvas. After this, the final stage remains - sewing by the standards. The cloak needs to be applied from time to time to the stool so that then it does not have to be cut and remade.
You can make a three-layer cloak. The front part must be made of velor or cotton fabric, the middle part - of siliconized synthetic winterizer, and the upper part - of hard cotton fabric with or without synthetics. A highchair is placed on the floor, a pattern is made of non-woven or tracing paper. Holes are cut in the places for stitching. For marking, you need to put the pattern on a stool, press firmly and mark the lines of slots for bends and belts. The first details are the lapel and gasket. Then the edges of the parts are connected to the main gasket. After that, the side lapels are made. A ready-made pad is laid on the velor with the bends down. It is stitched with thread, and then velor is cut out. The design is placed on a synthetic winterizer. The cover is sewn, but a hole is left for subsequent turning of the product.
First you need to sew pieces of fabric together. This is done randomly from shreds of different widths or in regular rows of identical fragments. In addition to the main part of the product, you will need scissors, a needle, a machine, threads, a fabric for the wrong side, tape for a cover, and a sealant. Next, you need to work on the pattern.On a large sheet of paper you can circle the seat, draw allowances for the seams. A3 format is suitable, but you can also join several smaller sheets, for example using adhesive tape. The pattern is cut out and tried on on a stool. Next, three blanks of the same size are made: from the lining material, the sealant and the fabric itself for the cover. The front part and seal are folded, lines for stitching are marked. All components are superimposed. Tapes are placed inside, and after that the fabric is scribbled. The product is inverted through the gap left. You can use multi-colored pieces of the same fabric with the same pattern or parts of different materials:
These products are designed to maintain good flooring. In addition, the chair will not make unpleasant sounds from moving around the floor. There are many interesting ways to perform, including covers in the form of socks, "cat's legs." Most of these products are knitted. Covers can be quickly made with your own hands, so there is no point in spending money on them. For knitting, it is recommended to use the thread "Darnichanka" - it is very durable. The process begins by creating several air loops. Around them, single crochet bars are made. In the third row, you need double (two) single crochet single crochet stitches and regular single crochet. In the next row, the same columns are sewn, but for the distant arch of the loop. In addition to them, it is necessary to do an RLS from one loop and behind the distant arch. In the next row - again the usual single crochet. The thread is cut and fastened. And so four covers. If desired, they are additionally decorated.
Office Chair Cover
You will need such devices:
- A piece of chalk.
The basic material should be comfortable and durable: wool, too soft and “biting” fabrics will not work. Gabardine is a good choice, it is durable and looks beautiful. First of all, the “meter” takes measurements of the parameters of the seat. Then they are transferred to the fabric. A drawing is applied using a small piece of chalk. There is room for allowances of about 10 cm in size. The pattern is cut out - the corners must be made rounded. The edges are overcast on the overlock, bent by one and a half centimeters and fixed with pins. A sewing machine runs a stitch, 3-4 mm from the edges of the hem; the pins are not removable. Due to this, the product does not need to be swept away manually. The last 2-3 cm are not scribbled, leaving room for an elastic band. It is skipped around the perimeter and cut off. Ponytails up to 25 cm long are left.
The process of making a festive cover on your own is no different from creating a wrap on a chair with a back. The main difference is the cost of materials. Chairs should emphasize the festive atmosphere, so they are decorated with a variety of decorative elements: bows, ribbons, patterns. Such wraps are used at banquets and ceremonies. The reason for creating a festive wrap can be events such as Christmas, New Year, traditional holidays, receptions, birthdays, anniversaries. New Year’s cover should be decorated with Christmas trees, "Santa Claus hats." It is recommended to select the most expensive textiles, in bright colors. But any more or less elegant fabric will do. It is appropriate to use curtains and tulles for material for sewing. Velcro is sometimes created on the case to accommodate various applications.
The backs of such wraps are elongated, square and round; Both glossy and matte surfaces look equally good. As a material, crepe satin is suitable. The bulk of the manufacturing begins with measurements and patterns. The characteristics of the chair model are taken into account. The sketch marks the parameters, after which you can proceed to the pattern. Then all the fragments are applied to the stool. After the first fitting, you need to create a pattern. If the shape of the back is not rectangular, but round or even more complex, you will have to adjust the fabric several times, trying on it on the stool itself. In order for the cover to perfectly emphasize the shape of the chair, you need to apply paper directly to it, and note the narrowing and expansion in all places. If the master does not have enough experience, then you will need to make several "test" products.
Cases are made for all occasions: for weddings, for offices, for the New Year, holidays, on high chairs. Ordinary models play a functional role, are useful in everyday life. Distinguish between whole, separate, universal, semi- and euro covers. There is a sufficient variety of styles to combine products with the general background. Chair covers are inexpensive, but for sale you can find simple and more expensive decorative models. Preference is usually given to natural materials. They warm better and to a lesser extent provoke perspiration. You can sew a quality cloak yourself. In some cases, a beginner can do it. It is enough to choose an easy method of execution, make the right measurements, draw a drawing, transfer it to the fabric, pre-try on the material and sew the product itself.