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Monogrammed Slipcover for a Folding Chair

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Transform metal folding chairs with inexpensive slipcovers made from drop cloths. Once the sewing is done, customize each slipcover with paint. Add a monogram or special message for one-of-a-kind home decor.  

Monogrammed Slipcover for a Folding Chair

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Utility knife
  • 1" foam brush

Materials

  • Folding chair, #237874
  • 4' x 5' 8-ounce canvas drop cloth, #197749
  • Valspar paint, Woodlawn Promised Land #5007-6C
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Instructions

    Sew the Slipcover

Step 1

Prewash the drop cloth and press it with an iron.

Step 2

For the skirt, cut two 4' x 16" pieces from the drop cloth.

Good to Know

Use the drop cloth's finished edges as the skirt bottom for a ready-made hem.

Step 3

Cut apart the sections of the chair cover pattern. Arrange the back, front, and seat pieces on the middle section of the drop cloth. Cut out.

Step 4

Attach the chair back to the chair front section. Pin the two pieces at the top and match the Os on the sides. Sew the sections together using 1/2" seams, easing into the curves.

Step 5

Create the skirt by sewing the two skirt pieces together. Join the sides of the two skirt pieces, right sides together, to form a circle. Sew the pieces together using 1/2" seams.

Step 6

Using an iron, press four pleats in the skirt that will fall at the chair's legs. One seam should fall at the front corner, the other seam at the opposite back corner.

Step 7

Evenly space pleats to match the chair legs. Pin in place. Stitch the skirt to the seat base and outside chair back sections, making sure to match the center of the pleats to the pleat marks.

Add a Painted Monogram

Step 1

Choose a font and letter you like. Enlarge this to desired size at a copy store and have the monogram soft-laminated. (Our letter is approximately 7"x6".)

Step 2

Cut out the monogram with a utility knife on a protective surface such as a cutting mat, a stack of newspapers, or cardboard.

Step 3

Spray the monogram stencil lightly with spray adhesive. Center it onto the slipcover's front. To make adding the monogram easier, slide the slipcover over an ironing board and slide a hardcover book underneath the slipcover.

Step 4

Dip a foam brush into the paint. Blot excess paint onto a paper towel or newspaper. Fill in the stencil by lightly bouncing the brush up and down until the area is covered. For the best results, apply several thin coats rather than one thick coat to prevent paint from bleeding under the stencil.

Step 5

Remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry.

Step 6

Cover the metal folding chair with the slipcover. This slipcover is washable, so remove and launder as necessary.