How To Sew Chair Covers Easily at Home

Do your dining chairs still work but may use a little jazz and updating? Trust chair covers to bring color and fresh style to your event and dining room chairs. 

The good news is that you don't always have to buy a new set of covers to replace your existing collection. You can easily make and personalize your own by sewing chair covers. 

This guide will walk you through the entire process of how to sew chair covers that will perfectly fit your chairs. From measuring to cutting and sewing, unleash your creativity with these simple instructions.

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Types of Chair Covers

Chair covers come in a variety of styles and designs to complement different event themes. Understanding the different types might help you choose the best option for your sewing project.

Universal chair covers

Universal chair covers can fit a wide range of chair sizes and shapes because of their elastic fabric. They are frequently used for formal and banquet chairs.

Dining chair covers

Dining chair covers are just the same as universal chair covers but are specifically designed for dining chairs. They also come in various styles, from simple slipcovers to those with ruffles and patterns. 

Custom-fit chair covers

Custom-fit chair covers, on the other hand, are tailored precisely to individual chair models and measurements. These are perfect for events or venues with uniform chair sizes.

Selecting Fabric and Supplies

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Before beginning the sewing process, gather the necessary materials and tools first to streamline your DIY project. Here's everything you'll need:


Choose the best fabric for your event needs. If you are sewing event chair covers, opt for stretchy fabrics like polyester or spandex that will withstand repeated use. For dining chair covers. Choose fabrics that are comfortable to sit for a long time when covering dining chairs. 

Sewing Machine

Select a sewing machine based on the fabric you'll be using. Cotton and linens require only basic sewing machines with straight and zigzag stitches. If you're working with heavy, stretchy fabrics like spandex, you'll need a machine that can do stretch stitches.


Gather all sewing essentials, including thread, sharp scissors, pins, measuring tape, seam rippers, fabric markers, and tailor's chalk. Keep tools on hand to make sewing more efficient.

Measuring and Cutting Fabric

After securing all of the tools you need, the next important step is to take the measurements and cut the fabric to the right size. Begin by measuring the height, width, and depth of the chair seat and backrest. Measure the distance between the seat and the floor to estimate the length of the chair cover skirts.

Then, start to make patterns for your seat covers. Simply look for an existing sewing pattern for dining chair covers online. You can also make a template pattern by draping the fabric directly to the chair.

Once your patterns are ready, cut the fabric pieces for your chair slipcovers. Lay out your fabric on a flat surface and make sure it is smooth and wrinkle-free. Then, pin the patterns to the fabric in place. Cut along the patterns' outlines carefully to ensure that the fabric pieces fit together when they are sewn into covers.

How to Sew Dining Chair Covers?

Assemble the main body of the dining chair cover. Align the edges by putting the fabric pieces right sides together. Pin the seams to keep them together.

Then, use a sewing machine to stitch along the seams. Leave openings where you intend to insert elastic or ties later on. Make sure to backstitch each steam to strengthen the stitches.

Once the main body is sewn together, add details like pleats, ties, or elastic. Lastly, to finish the edges neatly, fold the edges of the fabric over to the wrong side. Stitch along the folded edge or use an overlock stitch for a more professional look. Give the chair cover a final press to smooth out any wrinkles.

Fitting and Adjustments

Once the chair covers are sewn, slip them onto your chairs. Pay close attention to how the cover fits the chair seat, backrest, and legs. Sit in the chair and assess the comfort of the cover. Ensure that the cover doesn't shift or slide while in use. 

If the covers do not fit well, make necessary adjustments or alterations. Ensure they not only look amazing but also give the comfort you need for your setting.

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