KOVI EXCLUSIVE: YouTube Tutorial – Dining Chair Slipcovers

Holiday Make-Over? Make it festive, fun, funky, or formal with a quick custom slipcover

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If you’ve got a set of outdated dining chairs, instead of reupholstering them, you can just make a slipcover for them. That way, you can easily update them immediately without the staple removing every time. And you still have the original fabric underneath, just in case you feel nostalgic or only need the slipcover for some occasions.

Slipcovers are also the go-to alternative because they are incredibly easy to execute and not as complicated as they might look. It really just takes fabric, some pins, scissors, and a sewing machine.


1.) First, drape your fabric in sections and pin it over the chair. You will want to pin and mold it to each area.

2.) If you are going for a basic slipcover, this should be fairly straightforward. However, custom styling would require extra shaping or manipulation.

3.) Once you are satisfied with its fit and proportions, trim the excess fabric with seam allowance.

4.) Then take it to your sewing machine, sew it as pinned, remove the pins, and put it back on the chair to test the fit. If you are working with expensive fabric, you might want to do a dry run first with the same plain, old, or cheap fabric for fit and then use that as the pattern when satisfied.

5.) Don’t be afraid to add flair, a frill for a bit of thrill, or a bow tie to make it look more celebratory. Or put a more thematic detail on it, depending on the occasion. This is costume dressing, after all.

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