Removable Chair Covering (inspired by my toddler’s insatiable desire to spill)

Our office chair has really taken a beating. My little guy insists on spilling everything and anything on it! So I finally pulled out some extra fabric I had and made this simple Removable Chair Covering.

If you already know how to sew, this will be a cinch! There are no patterns and not one of the steps has to be done perfectly, because in the end the fabric is gathered into place. You will have a custom chair covering in no time!

Sewing Skill: Beginner

Materials: Fabric, Thread, and Ribbon/Elastic

Tools: Sewing Machine and Iron

Cutting out the Fabric

Start by laying the fabric on the part to be covered, in this case the back support and the seat.

Trim the fabric in the shape of the seat so that there is at least a 4” border of extra fabric all the way around it. At the corners I just gathered it together and made a single cut. Then I trimmed the corners into a smooth curve.

Sewing the Covers

Now it’s ready to be gathered. There are two ways to do this. You can use elastic sewn into place or make a drawstring. The elastic will stretch over the chair as you place the cover on and then recoil for a snug fit (just like the fitted sheet on your bed). The drawstring can be loosened to fit over the chair and then pulled tight and tied in a little bow.

Elastic Option

Measure the elastic out on the underside of the seat itself, placing it right where you want it to be when finished. I used a 3/8” wide elastic because that is what I had handy.

As you can see, this will be much smaller than the actual edge of the fabric you cut. Also notice that the edges of the fabric have been folded under about 3/8”. I pressed the edges with the iron so that I don’t have to use a ton of pins.

Now pin the elastic loosely where it should go around the edge of the fabric.

To sew the elastic to the pressed edge of the fabric, stretch the elastic out to be as long as the fabric edge. I used a zigzag stitch to really secure the elastic in place.

You can see that this gives a nice finished edge and hides the rough cut edge under the elastic. When the elastic recoils from all that stretching it gathers the fabric up. The seat cover is done!

Drawstring Option

Press the edge of your fabric twice. At the curves you can “pleat” the fabric so that it will lay flat and press the pleats with the iron. You will sew this into place near the inner pressed edge, creating a “tunnel” for the ribbon to travel through. Be sure to leave an open spot at the beginning to put the ribbon into later.

Measure the ribbon around the backside of the chair itself. I used a 1/4” wide ribbon, again because it is what was in my scrap box. Leave some extra for tying the bow later. (I forgot to leave extra as you can see in the photo…oops…and had to cut a new longer piece.)

It’s almost done! Insert the ribbon in the hole lef topen and feed the ribbon through the “tunnel”. I put a safety pin on the end of the ribbon so I have something solid to grab as I fit the ribbon through.

Now just lay the cover on the seat back and pull the drawstrings tight. Then finish with a bow.

HOORAY!!! No more scrubbing after every meal, just throw the cover in the washer. I will be makeing several of these covers so I don’t have to do laundry every day 🙂



How we became sisters

Jen is married to Mike.
Ana is married to Mark.
Nicci is Mike and Mark’s sister.