How to make slipcovers for dining room chairs without arms using inexpensive neutral fabric with an easy to follow step-by-step photo tutorial.
This style of back slipcover only works on straight back chairs, if the chairs are somewhat tapered, you can still make them, but you’re going to have to keep the slipcover shape as wide as the widest portion of the back chair so that the slipcover fits over.
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Dining Room Chair Measurement
Measure the length by measuring the height of the chair back from the bottom of the seat to the end and adding 2 inches. On the back of the chair, add 4 inches to the front measurement. For the width, measure across the chair and add three inches. Measuring across the back of the chair contains the depth of the sides. When you have this measurement, you can fold the fabric in half and break it into two parts.
Measurement of Knotted Back Section
Measure around the width of the chair down to the widest section and add 10 inches. The length of the back knotted portion is 13 inches. Cut knotted tieback by measurement.
When I knew the right size slipcover that I wanted to design, I made three cardboard models. One design for the shorter front section, one for the longer back section, and one for the knotted back segment. Using a rigid template makes it easier to cut the fabric if you make more than one sheet.
Note: You can make only one template for both front and back if you want
Tie a Loose Knot
Fold the lengthwise knotted section template with the right sides together. Sew the seam on the open edge. Do not sew the ends. Turn the right side out and tie it into a loose knot.
Sew a Hem
Sew the hem to the bottom of the front and back of the slipcover pieces. You’re also going to need to sew a hem on each side of the back section because it’s longer than the front. Sew the hem between the difference of the two from the bottom up.
Sew Center Knotted Section
Lay the cloth for the front of the chair on the right side up. Center knotted sandwiched inside the front and back and around the width of the fabric, with the hem side up and the pin ends to each side of the fabric about an inch or two from the bottom. Place the back piece on the right side of these pieces, aligning the front, knot and back pieces. Sew 1/2″ seam around the cover.
Place Over the Chair
Clip corners and then turn right side out. Place over chair. If knot on back is not centered, loosen in and arrange it to the center of the back.