If you think your dining set is looking too shabby for festive soirées, then this is the project for you. Don’t shy away from inviting guests to dine – and there’s no need to purchase a brand new suite either – simply hide those bumps, scratches and tears beneath gorgeous Christmassy chair covers. We prefer darker coloured fabrics as they will better disguise the odd wine and gravy spills you may encounter, but you can choose any colour scheme you like.
Measure from the floor, up the legs, across seat, up the back of the chair and down to floor again; add hem allowance to each end (5cm). Measure the width of the chair; check the measurements at the top back of the chair, the seat and the width at the base of the legs. This chair had all the same measurements enabling a straight strip of fabric to be cut to this width measurement plus 10cm. The extra 10cm will accommodate for seam allowances plus the depth of the back of the chair.
Overlock, or zig zag stitch, to neaten. Fold, press up the hems and use Bondaweb to fix in place. This will adhere both sides of the hem together. Lay the prepared strip of fabric over the chair with the wrong side of the fabric uppermost. Pin the edges together down each side at the back of the chair. Make a clip at the front and back of the seat.
Take it off the chair and chalk the pin line, remove any excess fabric and transfer the clips to the opposite side. Make 2cm cuts into the clip positions. Calculate and cut the side panels. Measure from the base of the of the main cover up to the first clip and add a 5cm hem and a 2cm seam allowance. Measure between the first and second clips at the back of the main cover, add 4cm to this measurement (two x 2cm seam allowances). Cut out two rectangles to these measurements. Neaten, fold and Bondaweb both hems.
Stitch the panels into the main cover. Match, pin and stitch the base hems together, up to the first clip, pivot on the clip position, across the seat part of the cover, again pivot on the clip position, then down to the base and hems. Repeat the process on the opposite side of the cover.
Make the gussets at the top back part of the cover. Working on one corner lay the cover on a surface with the fold at the top of the cover lying directly over an opened side seam, forming a triangle. From the corner point lay a set square along the top folded edge and draw a line at 90 degrees, this line should measure half the width of the measurement at the top corner of the chair; extend the line on the opposite side to the same measurement, then sew across.
Trim away the triangle leaving a 1.5cm seam allowance and repeat the process on the remaining corner. Turn the cover to the right side, press and pull onto chair. Tie a length of white net around the chair, then tie in a large bow. Push holly and silk flowers into the knot of the bow to complete the look.