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    Senior Member blzzrdqueen's Avatar
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    I have until Saturday to make slip covers for 2 of these chairs. I have no idea how to start! Can someone point me in the right direction. I'm not sure how I should take the measurements and put it together. I'm hoping someone has made slip covers for things! I don't want them to be too baggy, but I don't want them tight either, kwim? Thank you to whoever can offer some guidance!
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    Sorry, have never done one before, I hope someone on here can help.

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    How about checking for a book at the library. I haven't done anything like that before.

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    I don't know either. Maybe this will help.
    http://www.ehow.com/how_5436521_make-slipcovers.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by blzzrdqueen
    I have until Saturday to make slip covers for 2 of these chairs. I have no idea how to start! Can someone point me in the right direction. I'm not sure how I should take the measurements and put it together. I'm hoping someone has made slip covers for things! I don't want them to be too baggy, but I don't want them tight either, kwim? Thank you to whoever can offer some guidance!
    Okay, I sew in addition to quilting so here's what I'd do. I'd make the bottoms kind of like small fitted sheets with the addition of ties on the corners. I'd make the back and sides like a shirt without the neck and without the sides sewn together. I'd add ties on the bottoms the arms and the back. I'll try to sketch it out and send you a pm later today. If I don't, pm me and remind me. I have 'gray' moments now and then and forget to do things.

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    Ok what you do is to lay the fabric wrong sides up onto the chairs. You pin the "seams" Once you have the parts pinned and all on you can mark the seam that will be open and I usually mark all of them. then you unpin the opening seam and take the thing to the machine and sew your seams. once you have your seams sewn you can turn it inside out and you have perfectly fitting slip covers. Watch this video. It will explain it better then I can.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSG0bEnMgrY

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    does it need to be 'good enough for family', or ' company'? For family, I'd start with apiece of fabric large enough to cover the area; wrong side out, pin to shape, tucking /folding where needed. take it off your mannequin, sew, turn right side out... for company, I'd go rent something for the time you need them, & store those . Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vjengels
    does it need to be 'good enough for family', or ' company'? For family, I'd start with apiece of fabric large enough to cover the area; wrong side out, pin to shape, tucking /folding where needed. take it off your mannequin, sew, turn right side out... for company, I'd go rent something for the time you need them, & store those . Good luck.
    It is for family, but it doesn't have to be extravagant. Just my mom, my brother and his family. I have 4 cars and a toddler who had distroyed the chairs. I'm going to try and peel all that vinal covering off and do the wrong side pinning method! Now I just have to decide on fabric!!!

    Thank you l so much for the suggestions! I wasn't expecting such a quick responce!

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    I would remove as much of the plastic as possible first, so it doesn't create bumps unde the fabric. If you can't remove enough of it, I would probably cover the plastic with batting before starting to cover the chairs.

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    I have made slipcovers and reupholstered furniture. Those chairs would be easier to reupholster then make covers for them. They are in bad enough shape that it would show through the covers. The covers that are on them are probably stapled in place. Take the staples out, remove the old covering and use them for a guide to make the new covering. It really isn't that hard to do if you take your time and pay attention as you are removing the old covers...Wish I could be there to show you.....

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