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Customizable Fabric and Organza Chair Cover

By: Emma Jeffrey for Fiskars

Time to complete: Weekend project

Primary Technique: Sewing


Estimated Cost: $11-$20


Customizable Fabric and Organza Chair CoverGive your ceremony or reception a special something extra with the Customizable Fabric and Organza Chair Cover. If you're having a small wedding, you can make covers for every chair, but if you're holding a large gala, make your husband and your chairs special with these easy DIY chair covers. These fun accents are easily customizable no matter your wedding colors or theme, and you can even use the covers after the big day. Simply change out the organza to match your new home. This DIY wedding project is easy enough for a new sewist, and you'll love the impact it makes on your wedding.

Time to complete: Weekend project

Primary Technique: Sewing

Estimated Cost: $11-$20


  • Approx 1.5yds heavy weight fabric such as canvas. Size will vary depending on chair.
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Organza or ribbon
  • Titanium Softgrip® Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter (60 mm)
  • Straight Rotary Blade (60 mm)
  • Cutting Mat (24" x 36")
  • Coastal Colors Acrylic Ruler (6" x 24")
  • Pinking Shears (9")
  • Short Cut® Razor-edge Snip (6.5")


1. Take the measurements of your chair by carefully studying your chair’s structure and deciding where you want your seams to be. Chairs vary in style but I am measuring this chair by starting at the back. Measure from the floor up over the top, and down to the seat pad and record. Measure from the back of the seat pad to the front and record. Measure from the edge of the seat pad to the floor and record. You also need to measure the width of the chair so write that down too.
Recording measurements

2. Cut your lengths of fabric and add 1” for seam allowances (1/2” on each side). First cut the length you need to reach from the floor, up the back of the chair and down to the seat pad and add in the seam allowance. Next cut a piece of fabric to fit the seat pad, again adding the seam allowance. Finally cut 3 lengths of fabric to reach from the edge of the seat pad to the floor (which I am calling the ‘skirt’) also adding the seam allowance of 1”.

3. Start with the longest piece of fabric and hem one short end and the two long ends by folding over ½” and sewing down. Pin the seat pad piece you cut to the raw edge on the other end and sew together.

4. Take your three skirt pieces of fabric and arrange in a line on your cutting table. Pin then sew them together at the side seams. Hem the two raw edges at the ends and the bottom edge that will sit off the floor.

5. Pin the side pieces to the seat pad piece matching up the corners and sew, easing the stitching around the corners as you go. Use pinking shears on the corner seams to reduce the seam allowance and allow the cover to lay flat against the chair.

6. Secure the chair cover to the chair with a large bright length of organza or ribbon which you can change depending on the holiday or season.

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