DIY Slipper Chair Slipcovers



How to make slipcovers for slipper and/or occasional chairs /




Hello friends!  Hope this post finds you well and enjoying the last days of summer before the back to school craziness starts!




How to make slipcovers for armless / occasional / slipper chairs /



As you’ll recall, my ongoing project this summer has been giving our dining room a Chihuly inspired makeover.  I recently shared how I repurposed an 80s hutch into a modern sideboard / buffet / server.   Continuing with my mission to lighten and brighten up the room, my daughter and I made neutral  slipcovers for the two floral slipper chairs that were neither light nor bright.

(FYI: I don’t want to reveal the whole room until I’ve shared all the other projects, so these pics will be slightly bare!)



Do you have any slipcovers in your home??  Would you like to know how to easily make some?!   While I may have fallen out of like with their dark floral pattern, I still LOVE our slipper chairs.  We use them as extra dining room seating, and they are frequently used in the adjoining living room when we’re entertaining.   They have a wide bottom ( 24  x  20 ), they’re sturdy, comfortable and portable.  (Plus, who knows, maybe years down the road I’ll fall back in like with burgandy!)  Deciding to keep the chairs and make slipcovers was a no brainer.




Because we were covering up a dark pattern (and wanted to avoid lining the slipcovers) we needed a heavy weight fabric with a tight weave.   Unfortunately, the drop cloth I planned on using had too loose of a weave, and the floral pattern bled through.   I ended up purchasing 4 yards of natural duck cloth at Joann Fabric.  FYI:  While I’m very happy with the outcome, the duck cloth was not the easiest fabric choice for the draping technique we used to make the slipcovers, because it had no give.   So, before heading to the fabric store, consider WHAT you’ll be covering and HOW you’ll be covering it.  You’ll thank yourself later 😉 !




We made the slipcovers out of three pieces of fabric: The chair back and seat front is one continuous piece of fabric and there are two side panels.  That’s it!  The first thing we did was drape the duckcloth over the chair, keeping a little fold of fabric that will be “tucked” between the seat back and seat bottom on the finished slipcover.



Duck cloth was used to make slipcovers for an armless chair /



Before cutting the fabric length, we decided that our slipcovers would have a simple hem, extending 2 inches past the seat bottom.   You’ll have to determine how you plan on finishing your slipcovers.   You could add piping, a ruffle or pleated skirt, grossgrain ribbon, etc.   When you see the finished dining room, you’ll understand why I opted for a simple slipcover!  😉  You can see the simple fold of fabric in the photo below.



How to make slipcovers for an armless chair /


The side panels were draped as well.  If you don’t have an extra pair of hands like I did, a couple of strategically placed straight pins will help hold the side panel in place while you’re pinning it to the center panel.   “Just keep pinning …  just keep pinning”.  Butt your pins next to each other around the side panel.   When you’re happy with your pin placement, trim off the extra fabric, keeping one inch for seam allowance.   I’m not going to lie to you. After pricking my thumb one too many times, I started cursing my chairs’ lovely rounded corners.  The stiff duck cloth was harder to manipulate around the curves than a softer, more stretchy fabric would be.  If your occasional chairs don’t have rounded corners, (and many don’t) YAY you!!



How to make slipcovers for an armless / occasional / slipper chair /



You are now ready to sew your seams; remove the pins; and pray it fits!!  Once again, full disclosure.  My sweet daughter is an accomplished seamstress, while I still struggle (and curse; and blame my high school home economics teacher for shaming me!)  But lucky me.   I’ve been nuturing, feeding and clothing (not to mention all the stamps in her passport) this child for 17 years.  No one gets a free ride in this house.  You bet I asked for her assistance.  After the blood (pricked thumbs), sweat (Seattle heat wave and no AC!!), and tears (remember those rounded corners?!) I wanted these slipcovers to look good!  My wompy seams would just not be good enough.  😉


IMO, a slipcover that can’t be thrown in the laundry has no value, so make sure you finish your seams with a zig-zag or similar stitch!  After all your effort, you don’t want an unraveled mess the first time you throw them in the wash.  😀


The floral slipper chairs now have a sleek modern look.  And these pillows!!



How to make slipper / occasional chair slipcovers /



Who knew you could buy an embroidered pillow for $10?!  You can if you shop Target’s clearance end caps!  Seriously.  I’m not sure I could make these pillows for $10.   I’ll keep the pillow fabric I purchased for another project!  😀


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DIY slipper chair slipcovers /


I don’t claim to be an expert on anything, but I do hope this post has inspired you to use what you have.  We don’t have to replace perfectly good furniture just because we’ve changed wall colors.  And if you really must buy new, learn from my past mistakes, and shop for neutrals!!


p.s. The “new” china cabinet is in place, styled, and oh so pretty.  I’ll be sharing it next.  Here’s a little teaser! :D:



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18 Responses

  1. You are a much braver soul than me, Cynthia. I had very similar slipper chairs in my dining room and I contemplated making slipcovers and chickened out and instead got rid of them (something I’ve regretted). I’m going to Pin this to my slipcover board in hopes that one day I’ll be brave like you.

    • Oh, Marie, I’ve no doubt you could have easily made these slipcovers in an afternoon. Even quicker if you use a fabric with some give to it. If you really miss your slipper chairs, there are some really attractive ones out there online. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment today. You’re always so supportive, and it’s appreciated! Cynthia

  2. Cynthia your chairs look lovely, you gave me the inspiration to try a similar project !

    • Julie, your comment is music to my ears. So happy I could inspire you today. Good luck with your project! Cynthia

  3. You must have read my mind because I was just looking at our slipper chairs the other day wishing they sold slipcovers for them! I am Pinning your instructions for the day I feel motivated to do this. I love how yours came out!

    • Thank you, Shelley! They were actually really easy to make … we just used a difficult fabric to work with. I may add some trim at some point, but for right now I’m enjoying the simple clean lines of the slipcovers. Thanks for stopping by today! Cynthia

  4. Oh my gosh I love this look! I am so non-sewing inclined it isn’t even funny! I have two dark burgundy wing chairs that need white slipcovers but I know for a fact that I can not make them:( You and your daughter did a fantastic job!
    xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

    • I have two burgundy wing back chairs, as well, but they also recline. My daughter has already told me, “don’t even think about it”. But of course now that the dining room is so light and bright, the living room looks dark and dreary. What do you think? Light throws and pillows??! Thanks so much for stopping by today, Kathleen! Take care, Cynthia

  5. They look great! They really brighten up and match the new room.

    • Thank you, Elise! And thanks so much for stopping by today. Take care, Cynthia

  6. Hello Cynthia,
    Great post! I pinned over to my Drop Cloth and Grain Sacks Projects board and DIY Projects board immediately. You did a great job on the rounded corners! They are a big pain in the hiney… I had rounded corners on settee covers I made a few years ago when I first began blogging. Funny, right now I’m working on finishing two dropcloth slips for our two kitchen chairs… When you have time, come over and check them out!

    Happy sewing and redecorating your room,
    Barb 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Barbara! Having an extra pair of hands (my daughter’s) for the rounded corners really helped. I will absolutely check out both of your posts! We have two dark burgundy wing back recliners that would benefit from slipcovers, but thats definitely above my pay grade. Thanks for stopping by today. Take care, Cynthia

  7. What a clever way to make a slipcover. I do love a good slipper chair. So useful! Congratulations on being a featured blogger on Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage.

    • Thank you, Susan! You’re so right. Slipper chairs are so versatile. It would have been a shame to get rid of them just because I changed the wall color! Thanks for stopping by today. Take care, Cynthia

  8. Kudos to you and your pricked fingers Cynthia, these turned out wonderful. And a perfect pin to save for a lady like me who hasn’t rehupolstered a thing… thanks for sharing your tips at #fridaysfurniturefix! Can’t wait for the fabulous room reveal!

    • Awwww, thank you, Brenda. Choosing a fabric with a little “give” is the way to go. There are only three pieces to my slipcovers. If I can make them, anyone can! Thanks for the pin! Take care, Cynthia

  9. Your slipcovers look amazing! I admire you for going for it and making these on your own. I have two wing chairs that would look so nice with slipcovers but I’ve yet to take the initiative to make any.

    • Thanks so much, Paula! We’ve got two wing back RECLINERS in our living room that really need slipcovers, but it’s above my pay grade. My daughter, who I could hire, said she doesn’t need money that bad! LOL I’m thinking two new throws and pillows will work just fine! 😀 Thanks for taking the time to comment today. Take care, Cynthia

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