My breakfast room chair cushions are a mess! I have recovered them so many times I have lost count. So I decided to do a little slipcover that can be easily taken off and washed.
I used a dropcloth from Lowe's as my fabric. It is a very pretty oatmeal color. I washed it in hot water with bleach and dried it on high. It came out with a very nubby texture.
I started by laying my chair cushion on top of the fabric and traced around it making the base of the slipcover.
I left a little extra on the sides, about a 2 in. overhang.
Because of the way the cushion and the back of the chair meet I had to make the slipcovers with a little space to tuck in there that didn't have pleats so it wouldn't be too thick and the cushion would still go on the chair. I placed the 'base' of the slipcover on the chair and tucked in the back so I could see where I needed to place the pleats.
I then measured for the piece of fabric that would be the pleats in the back. I think I have my ruler upside down. Oh well, moving along, I measured the perimeter of the rest of the cushion since that would be all one piece. I doubled these measurements to ensure I had enough fabric to make all of the pleats. Got that? I had to make two different strips of pleats because of my chair. If your chair is not like this you can just cut one strip that is twice the length of the perimeter of your chair.
I cut strips of fabric 5 1/2 in. wide by the doubled measurements for the perimeter. I zig zagged one of the edges and folded it over to finish the edge. I then folded the strips in half to self line the pleats. This makes it so much easier than hemming and makes the pleats fuller and lay better. I always self line any pleats or ruffles I make. That way there's no hemming! Who wants to hem anyway?
I was moving from table to table doing this project. Forgive the pics. I am working on it.
To make the pleats I folded the fabric over 2in. You can make yours however wide you want them. I wanted a more casual look and I think the small pleats look better for my breakfast room. After measuring the first one I just eyeballed the rest.
And this is what a row of pleats looks like! Love!
I then took my row of pleats and pinned them right sides together to the 'base' of the slipcover.
I sewed the pleats all the way around on three sides and then sewed the strip for the back. Note again: the way my cushion fits into my chair I had to leave space on two corners in order to fit the fabric on the cushion and slide it into place on the chair. If your chair cushion is not like this you can sew one piece completely around and it will make it much easier.
I zig zagged all of the edges and then pressed everything to make it nice and neat.
I made these slipcovers to help change the look of my breakfast room. I am lovin' the new look! You can see my breakfast room here.
Pleats here, there, everywhere! I'm already planning my next slip covers...mmmm...
Have you made any slipcovers with pleats?