How to Make a Fabric Slip Cover for a Chair

The chair was still in great shape, but I wanted to make a slip cover for it for a couple reasons.

  1. I have a brown leather couch in my living room, and this chair looked dark and mismatched next to it.
  2. When you get up after sitting on microfiber fabric, you leave a perfect image of your back side.

First, I considered painting the upholstery.  But, I didn’t think I’d like the texture.  Plus, this wouldn’t solve the butt-imprint problem.

So, even though I’ve never tried anything like this before, I decided to make a fabric slip cover.

Material Needed

  • Upholstery fabric – The amount you need will depend on the size of your chair.  I needed just under four yards of 57″ wide fabric.
  • Long straight pins (lots of them)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Heavy duty thread
  • Iron
  • Plenty of patience

How I made my fabric slip cover

Watch the video to see the process for how to make a fabric slip cover for a chair.  (Pause it as often as you need.)

IMPORTANT:  Make sure to work with the wrong side of the fabric facing out.  That way, after you sew everything and turn it around, the right side of the fabric will be on the outside.

Making this slip cover took me about eight hours total. I spent a lot of time thinking about how to shape the fabric before actually making any cuts.

Here’s what it looks like finished:

Honestly, I was pretty impressed that it turned out as good as it did as a first attempt.

As I learned, making a slip cover is time consuming, but not that hard.  I have faith that you can do it, too!