Chair covers can be expensive to rent and rental chairs are ugly – so what is a bride-to-be to do? The answer? DIY chair covers. Here are three ways to create gorgeous, custom-made chair covers for your wedding or reception.
A tulle cover can add an air of whimsy to a wedding, and is the perfect cover for the typical folding chairs offered in churches and from rental agencies. Tulle chair covers are relatively inexpensive (tulle can be purchased for about $1.25 per yard) and require no sewing, so just about anyone can help you decorate for the big day!
– Three yards of tulle per chair
– Satin ribbon
– Flowers or other décor to match the wedding design (optional)
From your bolt of tulle, cut three yards. Drape the tulle over the chair and pull excess material to the back of the chair. Tie the satin ribbon (or any other type of ribbon to match the wedding design) around the back of the chair, close to the seat. Tie the ribbon in a bow and add any other decorations, like flowers or jewels, to complete the look.
Cotton covers may be a little more expensive, but will cover the chairs a little more effectively. Cotton material gives you more flexibility, too; you’ll find cotton material in any color of the rainbow and a variety of prints. Think about mixing and matching prints and solids for a unique look. Because cotton material can fray easily, some sewing is required to complete this type of chair cover.
– Three yards of cotton material per chair
– Coordinating color thread and needle
– Dressmaker pins
– Material for sash
Measure the height and width of the chair, then cut the material to form a loose square around the chair (should end up about three yards.) Fold the hem over ½ inch, pin and sew (by hand or with a sewing machine.) Drape the material over the chair, then gather the excess to the back – fold on each side and pull to the middle. Hand stich the material together in the back center of the chair, and then tie with a ribbon. Leave extra ribbon on the sides for a classic look.
For a more tailored look, create fabric sashes using strips of coordinating material 18 inches by 6 feet. Fold the strips in half lengthwise. Pin along the side, and then sew shut, leaving the ends open. Using a safety pin connected to one side, turn the sash inside out so the seam is in the inside, and then sew the side shut. Press with a cool iron.
Hybrid Chair Covers
You want an even more unique chair cover look? There’s no reason you can’t use both methods in the same cover!
– Cotton fabric (1 yard per chair)
– Tulle (2 yards per chair)
– Coordinating thread and needle
– Sewing machine (optional)
Measure the width and height of the chair, then cut two pieces of fabric with a one-inch seam allowance. With right sides together, sew a half-inch seam along the top and sides. Turn the cover right side out, and then hem the bottom for a finished look. Next, cut the tulle so it can encircle the chair. Hand sew the tulle together and finish with a coordinating ribbon. If you need more ideas for chairs and chair design, look at Seats and Stools’ site.
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