How to Make a Dining Room Chair Seat Cover with Cording and Riser

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We approached one of our experienced associates, Sheri, to show us how she would update her home for Spring 2017 without a full overhaul.

Sheri has been working for Fabric Depot for almost 7 years in the Home Decorating Department. Her love for sewing, both by hand and on machine, developed about 15 years ago. In that time, she’s built an entire portfolio of projects sewn for the home, some of which are samples on our sales floor!

So, what is Sheri’s solution for us? Update the dining room with new seat covers! Freshen up your home for Spring by following the directions below:

 

Materials:

  • ¾ yard Pellon True Grid
  • 1 1/3 yards of 54” wide fabric for seat cover (additional ¾ yard needed if cutting piping cord cover on bias)
  • 2 yards Wilton 1/8” cotton piping

 

Instructions:

Seat Cover & Piping

1. Measure the width and depth of your chair seat.

2. Trace seat measurements onto the Pellon True Grid.

3. Cut out the traced pattern.

4. Place pattern on fabric and cut out the shape.

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5. Cut two 2” strips of fabric (54” long) – these strips will be used to cover your piping.

6. Cut two 5” strips of fabric (54” long) – these strips will be used for your riser.

7. With right sides together (print sides together), sew short end of 2” strips to create one long 2” wide fabric strip.

8. Lay 2” strip face down. Place cotton piping in middle of the fabric strip and fold strip over piping with right sides out. 

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9. Using a zipper foot, sew fabric together, stitching close to piping. This is the welting for your seat cover.

10. Pin welting to right side of the seat cover fabric piece.

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11. Using a zipper foot, sew welting to chair seat fabric. Stop stitching approximately 4” before reaching starting point.

12. Fold remaining section of fabric strip back from piping and cut piping to meet.

13. Fold remaining section of fabric strip over piping and cut fabric strip at least 1” longer than meeting point of the piping.

14. Fold cut edge of fabric strip under ½”. Place cut edges of piping together. 

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15. Place folded end of fabric strip over piping. Continue sewing to starting point.

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Riser

1. With right sides together (print sides together), sew short end of 5” strips to create one long 5” wide fabric strip.

2. Pin fabric strip to sewn piping, face down.

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3. Sew together, using zipper foot to stitch close to piping.

4. Near starting point, cut 5” fabric strip 1” past beginning edge.

5. Fold end of fabric strip under ½”.

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6. Continue stitching over folded edge to the starting point.

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And then you’re at Sheri’s favorite stage of a project: DONE! 

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Before you start yours, don’t forget to pick up your supplies from Fabric Depot so you can say, “Hello” to Sheri and the rest of our amazing team!

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