Transforming DIY Slipcover

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Transforming DIY Slipcover
Transforming DIY Slipcover

Sometimes you look around your home and just plain need a change. Stepping into the same space every day can give you the blues, especially when you are stuck inside on a rainy day. Learn how to upcycle your dining room chairs in a matter of minutes by exploring this Transforming DIY Slipcover tutorial. Surprisingly no-sew and absurdly simple, this tutorial uses laminated fabric to create a no-mess place to sit while you feast. This would be a great home dec project to try out before a big dinner party. This tutorial will use about a yard of fabric per chair.

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Our dining chairs are really old and desperately require new padding and covers! I am going to really zzshoooosh them up with some funky fabrics and never having recovered chairs before I am really grateful for this very detailed and informative tutorial. I also like that two options are provided - either stapling the new fabrics to the underside of the seat or sewing a new, loose seat cover and tying it to the seat.

I never thought to use laminated fabric to cover dining room chairs however this makes them easy to wipe clean. I found it best to remove old seat covers (lots of staples to remove) and add additional batting to the existing foam if the foam cushion remains useable. Gives the chair cover extra padding and wear-ability.

My Mother was the Queen of upholstery. Once, when visiting family up north she had to show off her mad skills. A cousin had just purchased a new to her set of chairs similar to these and was so concerned that the colors in the chair fabric was really not her style. After a quick trip the the fabric store and a couple of hours working on the chair, my cousin was overwhelmed with what my Mom did for her. This is one of the easist ways to transform a chair.

I have a set of dining room chairs that can use a little TLC. I know the hardest part for me will be selecting the fabric to use. I suppose in lieu of using laminated fabric I can purchase the vinyl to go over the fabric. By choosing only from the laminated family, I'll be making my selection very slim.

I have been recovering my dining chairs for a long time and I get tired of them a lot and they get so dirty so I run to my fabric store and pick out fabric and within two hours I have 4 of them done and it feels great. Makes it feel like a new table. And if you see some nice chairs at a thrift store or yard sale at a good price but you do not like the color of the seats just go buy some fabric and recover them. I myself have always used the stapled way to recover. It is really easy and fast once you do the first one. You can get at least 2 out of fabric width and depending on how long they are you should be able to get 4 out of 1 1/2 yards if not matching pattern. Never tried the sewing way but a great idea if you want to take off to wash. o yourself a favor and give it a try. You will be glad you did.


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