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DIY Chair Cover

Fed up of sitting on an uncomfortable computer chair? Why not make your own DIY chair cover?

What you’ll need:

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  • Chair cushions x 2
  • Fabric slightly larger than your cushion
  • Sewing machine (Optional)
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Fabric Shears
  • Pins

Let’s get started!

The first step is to make sure the fabric you want to use is wider than your cushions.

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For my chair cover, I wanted to make sure that the backrest was completely covered by the leaf fabric. So with this in mind, the length of the fabric came out at 27cm. The width of the cover had to overhang the sides of the cushion to allow enough room to slot over the top of the chair and the addition of seam allowances so the width measurement came out at 45cm.

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With these two measurements 27cm x 45cm, cut out a rectangle out of your chosen fabric but with round corners on one of the long sides.

Hem along the long straight side with a seam allowance of 1cm (this will be the bottom of the cover which will be seen across the back of the chair).

Once you have hemmed the bottom edge, pin the patterned side of the fabric against the cushion so the corners match up. I also tried to match the additional fabric to the already existing seam on the top of the cushion so the cover would sit straight and even.

You can use a sewing machine to stitch the cover to the cushion, however, if like mine and the bulky fabric doesn’t fit under your machine, hand stitching is the way to go. Stitch all the way up the left-hand side, along the top and then down the right side, securing the cover to the cushion. I also doubled up on stitches near the cover opening to make the fastening a little more secure.

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Once you are happy that the cover is sewn onto the cushion, remove the pins and turn through the fabric so the pattern is back on the outside.

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Tie together the two cushions (if yours have ties like mine) then position the cover over the backrest of your chair.

Now sit back and relax in your comfortable but also stylish chair!  And you’re done! If you have a go don’t forget to share your makes with us on Instagram @aboxofbuttons or on Twitter @aBoxofButtons! See you next time!

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