Breakfast Room Chairs Slipcover Tutorial

 I am so into slip covers with pleats.  I made a slipcover/tablecloth for my dining room table with pleats you can find here.  I need to redo the tablecloth pics. Let's just say I have learned a lot about using my DSLR since starting this blog!  I made a slipcover with pleats for my ottoman here.  I love pleats!  It's kind of like the new modern ruffle if you know what I mean.

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?

23 comments:

  1. So pretty Angie!! I have seen alot of people do so many things with drop cloth but this the first I've seen chair slipcovers. Love it.

    Mandy

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    1. Thanks Mandy! I love drop cloths. It's my favorite fabric for just about everything right now!

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  2. This is great. I can so do this. I'm now in the process of reupholstering an ottomon with pleats. Can't wait till its done.
    Marianne :)

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    1. You can definitely do it! Can't wait to see your ottoman

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  3. Your Breakfast room is Beautiful! Wonderful job on the chairs!

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    1. Thank you Lorrie! Glad you stopped by.

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  4. Your Breakfast room is Beautiful! I have never made any slipcovers before.
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    1. Thank you! I'm on my way to visit your blog and follow as well.

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  5. No, I've never made slipcovers with pleats. I've made slipcovers and I've made ruffled pillows. This turned out nice. I'm going to "pin" this so that I will be able to get back here and see how you did this. Thanks again. Also following Linda

    http://twosucculentsisters.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you Linda! I hope my instructions are clear enough. If you have any questions just let me know. Going to check out your blog and return the follow!

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  6. LOVE! That's it. I am going to Lowe's to buy drop cloths. I have seen so many uses for them all over blogland and pinterest, and I am going to get some today!!

    Found you at the "Made in a Day" Blog Hop. I am an Alabama gal, so I clicked on that "Magnolia" to see what you were up to! Love your site...hope to spend more time on it tonight!

    ~joy!
    Vicky
    sleeping in an unmade bed

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    1. Thank you Vicky! I'm an Alabama girl too! I'm in north Alabama. What part do you live in? Great to meet somebody else from here!

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  7. That's gorgeous! As an interior designer, I can admire this even more.

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    1. Wow! Thanks! That's quite a compliment. I am constantly second guessing myself. Thank you for visiting!

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  8. I love this tutorial and your breakfast room is so inviting. I pinned this because I need to put some drop cloth ruffles on something!

    :)

    Linda

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    1. Thank you Linda! Everybody needs drop cloth ruffles on something! :)

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  9. Wow wow wow!! I love these!! And I especially LOVE that new paint color! I'm thinkin I'm gonna use that one soon!

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    1. Thank you Dorie! Girl, your house colors are perfect. I need to be copying your colors. :)

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  10. Hi Angie. I just found your blog and I am loving it all. The dining room turned out beautifully and thank you for the tute! Newest follower!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment and the follow!

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  11. Angie,

    I absolutely LOVE your blog! You are so talented and that breakfast room.....perfection. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the awesome tutorial on those pleated slipcovers!

    blessings,
    karianne

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    1. Thank you Karianne, you are just pure sweetness!

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  12. I am so glad to have found you blog via pinterest. Love these pleated slipcovers. I have become your newest follower and look forward to reading your future posts. Have a Wonderful Day ~ Suzanne

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