Making a loose cover for a chair
Measure the front of the chair back from the top of the chair to the seat and then across the width of the back, allowing for the thickness of the frame. Cut out a piece of fabric to these dimensions, plus a 5cm (2in) seam allowance all around. Measure the back of the chair from the top to the floor, then measure the back of the chair across the widest part (usually at the base of the chair), again allowing for the thickness of the frame. Cut out a piece of fabric to these dimensions, plus a 3cm (lXin) seam allowance.
With the wfong sides facing, pin these two fabric pieces together over the back of the chair, making sure that the cover will slip off easily and keeping the proposed seam lines symmetrical. Remove the cover, tack along the proposed seam line and remove the pins. With the cover still the wrong side out, try it on the chair again and adjust, if necessary, making sure that the tacking stops precisely at the level of the chair seat. Remove, and machine stitch. Trim the seam allowances. Set this piece aside.
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Measure from the seat of the chair to the floor and then around the legs of the chair at the base, from one back leg around the front legs and the other back leg. Cut out a piece of fabric to these dimensions, allowing for a 7.5cm (3in) overlap at each side of the back and adding a 1.5cm (Kin) seam allowance all around. Cut a lining piece exactly the same size from the same fabric. With right sides together and raw edges aligned, stitch these two pieces together, leaving the edge tfiat will fit around the chair seat opening. Trim the seam allowances and then clip the two corners diagonally. Press the seam open. Turn right sides out and press flat with the seam aligned along the edge. Tack the raw edges together. Set this valance piece aside.
Cut a piece of fabric to fit the chair seat exactly, with a 1.5cm (Min) seam allowance all around. Lay this piece wrong side uppermost on the chair seat, then pin the valance to the chair seat with right sides together and raw edges aligned, leaving the extended bit at the back free. Take the pinned pieces off the chair, tack and remove the pins. Stitch and then slip the back section of the cover back onto the chair (still wrong side out). Pin it to the chair seat section where the two sections meet at the back of the seat. Remove, tack and stitch.
Trim the seam allowances around the chair seat. Then cut the two front corners of the chair seat section diagonally and notch the corresponding corners on the valance section. Press the seam open and then towards the centre of the seat.
Cut four lengths of ribbon or make four fabric ties ( 342 343). Then cut a piece of fabric to line the back valance drop, including a 1.5cm (Ysin) seam allowance all around. Put the cover on the chair wrong side out and pin the lining to the back valance drop, with right sides together. Remove and then position the ties along the seam. Tack and stitch, catching the ends of the ties in the seam. Trim the seam allowances and corners and press the seam open.
Remove all the tacking. Turn the whole cover right side out and press. If desired, line the underside of the seat area to enclose the raw edges, slip stitching the lining in place.
Put the cover on the chair right side out. Hand sew ties to the front valance to correspond to the ties at the back.
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