Special Occasion Seating
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Special Occasion Seating

For parties or family meals, dress up your dining chairs to create a festive mood. These simple slipcovers tie onto any chair back, and you can make them for any holiday; just choose an appropriate fabric.

Ballet Style

Dress your chairs in these floor-length tutus and you may decide to theme your entire party around your favorite ballet.

What You Need:

(For each slipcover)


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Seat guests in style on tulle
and organdy.

  • 54- to 60-inch-wide tulle (see Step 1 to determine length)
  • 54-inch-wide sheer organdy
  • Tape measure
  • 2-1/2- to 3-inch-wide ribbon and 1/8- to 1/4-inch-wide ribbon to match or contrast fabric, as desired

Instructions:

1. Measure and cut tulle. Measure from the bottom of the chair leg up to the seat, across the seat to the back, up over the back, and down to the floor. Add those measurements together. For each chair, cut 2 or 3 pieces of 54- to 60-inch-wide tulle to that length.

2. Drape pieces of tulle loosely over the chair.

3. Measure and cut organdy. Measure the width of the chair back and add about 6 inches. Cut a piece of 54-inch-wide striped sheer organdy to that measurement. (This will be a wrap to hold the tulle in place.)

4. Place organdy over tulle on chair back. Fold under the raw edges and drape the organdy over the chair back, letting one selvage extend onto the chair seat and the other selvage fall to the back.

5. Secure with ribbon. Belt the fabric in place with wide ribbon at the middle of the chair back and with narrow ribbon just above the chair seat.

Sheer Delight


A simple ribbon closure and sheer fabric makes this an easy way to dress up chairs yet still allow the furniture's beauty to show through.

What You Need:

(For each slipcover)


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Choose colors to match your
holiday decor.

  • Fabric (see Step 1 to determine yardage)
  • Tape measure
  • 3/4-inch-wide paper-backed fusible web tape (optional)
  • 4 yards of 2-inch-wide sheer ribbon

Instructions:

1. Determine amount of fabric needed. Measure the width of the chair back, and add 3 inches for seam allowances. Measure the chair back from the bottom front, over the top, and down to the bottom back. Add 3 inches for seam allowances. Note: When purchasing fabric, allow for extra fabric to center a large overall design or to match a plaid.

2. Cut slipcover from fabric. Cut one rectangle, as measured, for each chair to be covered. If fabric has a large design or a plaid pattern, consider the placement of front and back carefully before cutting.

3. To machine-hem the slipcover: Press under 1-1/2 inches on each edge of the fabric rectangle. Open up the pressed fabric. Fold each raw edge to the pressed edge, and finger-press in place. Refold along the pressed edge, and press again with an iron, setting both folds. Miter the corners, if desired. Topstitch 1/2 inch from the outer edge all around the rectangle.

For a no-sew hem: Press under 1-1/2 inches on each edge of the fabric rectangle. Open up the pressed fabric and, following the manufacturer's instructions, place the paper-backed fusible web tape on the wrong side of the fabric along the pressed edge. Fuse the tape in place. Remove the paper backing from the tape. Trim the hem even with the fusible tape. Refold the hem and fuse.

4. Cut ribbon. Cut eight 18-inch lengths. Press under a 3/8-inch seam allowance at one short end of each ribbon. Pin the ribbons in pairs to the wrong side of the slipcover, matching the pressed short end with the edge of the hem. Topstitch in place.

5. Tie slipcover in place. Place the slipcover over the chair back. Tie ribbons into bows.

All Eyelets on You

Perfect for a harvest holiday when paired with raffia ties, these metal-ring slipcovers could also set a sleek and modern look done in silver fabric and white ribbon.

What You Need:

(For each slipcover)


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Set the mood with special seating.

  • Fabric (see Step 1 to determine yardage)
  • Tape measure
  • 3/4-inch-wide paper-backed fusible web tape (optional)
  • Extra-large eyelet kit, containing anvil, tool, eight eyelets, and eight washers (the eyelets have a 7/8-inch-diameter opening)
  • Hammer
  • Raffia

Instructions:

1. Determine amount of fabric needed. Measure the width of the chair back, and add 3 inches for seam allowances. Measure the chair back from the bottom front, over the top, and down to the bottom back. Add 3 inches for seam allowances. Note: When purchasing fabric, allow for extra fabric to center a large overall design or to match a plaid.

2. Cut slipcover from fabric. Cut one rectangle, as measured, for each chair to be covered. If fabric has a large design or a plaid pattern, consider the placement of front and back carefully before cutting.

3. To machine-hem the slipcover: Press under 1-1/2 inches on each edge of the fabric rectangle. Open up the pressed fabric. Fold each raw edge to the pressed edge, and finger-press in place. Refold along the pressed edge, and press again with an iron, setting both folds. Miter the corners, if desired. Topstitch 1/2 inch from the outer edge all around the rectangle.

For a no-sew hem: Press under 1-1/2 inches on each edge of the fabric rectangle. Open up the pressed fabric and, following the manufacturer's instructions, place the paper-backed fusible web tape on the wrong side of the fabric along the pressed edge. Fuse the tape in place. Remove the paper backing from the tape. Trim the hem even with the fusible tape. Refold the hem and fuse.

4. Install eyelets. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to install large eyelets. Gently hammer the eyelets in pairs along the side edges of the slipcover.

5. Make raffia ties. Use about six long strands of raffia for each tie. Braid together three long double strands of raffia until the tie is about 24 inches long. Knot each end, leaving 2-inch tails to create tassel-like ends. Make a total of four braided ties.

6. Tie slipcover in place. Place the slipcover over the chair back. Lace the braided ties through the eyelets and tie the ends together in overhand knots.

Elegant Frogs


These frogs don't hop; rather, they're a classic decorative closure made of coiled cording. Pairing them with a striped or plaid fabric helps soften the straight lines, for a pleasing visual display.

What You Need:

(For each slipcover)


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Your guests will flip for these frogs.

  • Fabric (see Step 1 to determine yardage)
  • Tape measure
  • 3/4-inch-wide paper-backed fusible web tape (optional)
  • Fabric scraps
  • Four 7/8-inch-diameter black buttons
  • 4 yards of 1/4-inch-diameter black cord
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions:

1. Determine amount of fabric needed. Measure the width of the chair back, and add 3 inches for seam allowances. Measure the chair back from the bottom front, over the top, and down to the bottom back. Add 3 inches for seam allowances. Note: When purchasing fabric, allow for extra fabric to center a large overall design or to match a plaid.

2. Cut slipcover from fabric. Cut one rectangle, as measured, for each chair to be covered. If fabric has a large design or a plaid pattern, consider the placement of front and back carefully before cutting.

3. To machine-hem the slipcover: Press under 1-1/2 inches on each edge of the fabric rectangle. Open up the pressed fabric. Fold each raw edge to the pressed edge, and finger-press in place. Refold along the pressed edge, and press again with an iron, setting both folds. Miter the corners, if desired. Topstitch 1/2 inch from the outer edge all around the rectangle.

For a no-sew hem: Press under 1-1/2 inches on each edge of the fabric rectangle. Open up the pressed fabric and, following the manufacturer's instructions, place the paper-backed fusible web tape on the wrong side of the fabric along the pressed edge. Fuse the tape in place. Remove the paper backing from the tape. Trim the hem even with the fusible tape. Refold the hem and fuse.

4. Cut circles from fabric scraps. Cut eight circles the size of the buttons.

5. Cut black cord. Cut eight 18-inch lengths. On each length, find the center and slip a straight pin through the cord 1-1/2 inches from the center on each side. The cord should now be marked with a 3-inch section in the center.


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Step 6

6. Form cord into spirals. Roll the ends of each cord up to the pins, creating two flat spirals; let about 1/2 inch of the cord end extend from the center of the spiral (like a candlewick). Secure the spirals with straight pins (see photo).


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Step 7

7. Finish spirals. Apply hot glue over each spiral (on the side with the "candlewick" extending), cover with a fabric circle, and lightly press in place (see photo). After the glue sets, remove the pins.

8. Create and attach the frogs. Fold the spiraled lengths in half at the center, with the spirals touching and curling away from each other. Pin the frogs in pairs to the right side of the slipcover front and back. (The spirals should just meet the topstitching.) Hot glue the spirals in place. Tack the cord at the stitching line.


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Step 9

9. Attach buttons. Stitch a button to the center of each loop on the front of the slipcover (see photo).

10. Button slipcover in place. Place the slipcover over the chair back. Slip the buttons through the loops.

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