How to Make a Round Swivel Chair Slipcover: DIY Tutorial

I have been wanting to make a round swivel chair slipcover for ages, but never got around to it. I finally decided that I would try my hand at making one and this tutorial will show how! This is an in-depth guide on how to make a round swivel chair slipcover.

 

Steps on Making a Round Swivel Chair Slipcover

Materials:

Fabric in your desired pattern and colour. I recommend buying a large piece of fabric so that you don’t have to cut it as often and also because the size is just how much fabric you need for most chairs. My slipcover was made out of two yards (108 inches) but if you are using something with more stretch you may need more to compensate.

  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or sewing kit (needle, thread)
  • Iron and ironing board

 

Instructions

Steps 1. Measure how short your fabric needs to be once it’s sewn onto the chair so that it will overlap on all sides by an inch. Cut your fabric to this length.

Step 2. Sew the two ends together so that it looks like a tube

Step 3. Iron your seams open and make sure they are flat on both sides of the chair

Step 4. Take one end, measure how long you need for all four sides and cut accordingly (leave about an inch extra) then sew onto the other end. Repeat for the other side.

Step 5. Iron your seams open and make sure they are flat on both sides of the chair

Step 6. Repeat steps as needed to cover all four corners. Be careful not to sew onto any leather parts! Enjoy how easy that was, and how comfortable it is too! Now you can swivel away without worry of damaging your chair.

 

How do you Make a Slipcover Pattern for a Chair?

Step 1. The first step is to measure how much extra fabric you will need for your particular chair. Measure from the top of the backrest down to where you want it to end on a front leg and add an inch or two, depending on how bulky you would like it. Then take measurements around the seating area (including how wide your arms are)  and add an inch or two to make it easier for getting on and off the chair.

Step 2. The second step is how much material you will need so that your slipcover pattern can be cut out of a single piece of fabric without having any seams. Measure how wide around the top backrest needs to be (plus how big you want it to be) and how wide around the seat needs to be (plus how big you want it to be). You can use these measurements for your pattern.

Step 3. Measure how long the piece of fabric needs to be from the top backrest down to where you would like it to stop on a front leg and add an inch or two, depending on how bulky you would like it to be.

Step 4. Start by folding the fabric in half and then cutting along a long straight edge (the side of your pattern) so that you now have two pieces with about an inch or two extra on one end and how much material you need for how wide around the top backrest needs to be plus how big you want it to be on the other end.

Step 5. Fold your first piece of fabric in half lengthwise and then fold it again width-wise so that you now have a long strip with how much material you need for how wide around the top backrest needs to be plus how big you want it to be on one side and how long (plus an inch or two) you want the other side to be.

 

Can power recliners be operated manually? 

Yes, power recliners can be operated manually.  To operate a manual recliner: First, find the lever near the seat that is currently up and push it down to release tension from the mechanism holding the chair upright. Next, pull on one of two handles found underneath or next to each armrest to lower it into an upright position.

 

How do you Make a Loose Chair Cover?

Making a loose cover for your chair is easy and can be done in an hour or less.

You will need: measuring tape, a sewing machine with thread, scissors, pins if you are using fabric that needs to be hemmed before put on the chair

 

Instructions:

Step1. Measure how wide around the top backrest needs to be plus  how much of the seat how far down you need to cover

Step 2. Pin and sew a hem on all four sides. Put the fabric around your chair so that it covers everything except for where the lever is located which should still be up, then pull tightly before pinning it in place

Step 3. Next, take one side of the backrest (or arm)  and fold back

Step 4. Sew up the reverse side of how you just did, and then flip it over to do the other arm. Finish by flipping the fabric around so that it covers everything but how high off the ground your lever is located. Pin in place with two pins at either end and sew all four sides together.

 

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