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DIY: Dining Chair Upholstery

If your upholstery needs a quick fix, here is a pretty and practical way to doll it up with tea towels

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Step 1: Drape a Towel Over the Seat

With wrong side up, drape one towel, wrong side up, crosswise over the seat of the chair, placing one long edge of the towel even with the back of the chair and with the short ends extending evenly over sides and the opposite long edge draping over the front.

Step 2: Pin the Towel

At each front corner, pull towel front and sides out diagonally to form mitered corner; pin to fit chair snugly (the sides may extend longer than front section).

Step 3: Sew the Towel

Remove towel from chair and stitch along each pinned corner. Trim seam allowances to 1/2 inch.

Step 4: Finish the Seat Cover

If sides are longer than front, turn them under to match length; press edge. Trim pressed edge 1 inch past fold. Turn under 1/2 inch on raw edge so raw edge meets fold; topstitch to secure hem and complete seat cover.

Step 5: Sew the Second Towel to the First

With wrong sides facing and hems even, pin short edge of remaining towel to back edge of seat cover, centering it. Stitch along pinned edge with 1/2-inch seam; press seam toward second towel.

Step 6: Mark Tie Placement

Place cover on seat and drape second towel over back of seat. Mark tie placement on both sides of second towel, placing first set of marks 4 inches from top of seat back and remaining set of marks near lower edge of second towel. Remove cover from seat.

Step 7: Cut and Sew the Ribbon

Cut ribbon into eight equal pieces. Sew a piece of ribbon under each mark with the raw edges of the ribbon against the wrong side of the towel.

Step 8: Attach the Slipcover to the Chair

Place cover on seat and tie ribbon pairs together to attach slipcover to chair.

Photographed by Amy Herring
Produced By and Styled by Ingrid Leess
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