I knew it would happen. It always does. You start working on one project and all of a sudden it leads to another project…and another project…and another project. Until you find yourself pulling out leftover drop cloth remnants and making chair skirts for your dining room immediately after having your entire house turned upside down while new flooring was being installed.
I mean, it makes perfect sense, right? Forget putting the house back together. Let’s make some chair skirts!
I’m all about the essentials.
Now, I have never made chair skirts or slipcovers or anything of the kind. But after spending a huge chunk of change having new carpet and hardwoods installed there was no way I was going to be buying them ready-made. I had quite a bit of drop cloth left over from a previous project and the best part about using it is that it already has seams. Gotta love anything that lets me skip a step!
HOW TO MAKE DROP CLOTH CHAIR SKIRTS:
1) Measure the seat of the chair and cut fabric accordingly being sure to include a one inch allowance on each side.
2) Determine how much of a “drop” you want for your skirt. Measure the length of the sides and front of your seat and then cut strips of drop cloth using the “drop” as your width.
3) Hem the ends of the side pieces.
4) Attach the side and front pieces (similar to making a pillow where the right-sides match up) to the “seat” piece being sure to have the hems facing towards the middle.
5) Stitch each side onto the seat. This is how the skirt for the arm chairs looks. If you are doing chairs with no arms there will be only 3 straight side pieces. If you are making them for arm chairs you will have to allow for the skirts to slip between the arms by making the 2 side pieces “split” as seen here.
6) Once completed, secure the skirt to the chair by lifting up the cushion from the frame and tucking the back fabric underneath, then reattach the cushion.
7) Repeat process depending on how many chairs you have.
Here is how the arm chair skirts will look once completed.
This dining room set was our very first BIG purchase as a married couple. I’ve often thought about selling it and getting something more “in”. You know, weathered wood. A farmhouse table and a chippy hutch.
But, frankly, I like this set and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
I love the rich, dark wood and feel sentimental every time I look at it.
Besides, it’s getting chippy all on it’s own!
Every single chip and scratch represents all of the family gatherings and romantic dinners for two this table has seen over the last 15 years.
There have been rowdy celebrations and quiet heart-to-hearts. There have been spills and tears and even a few forts made out of sheets using the table and chairs.
No, I don’t think this dining room set is going anywhere anytime soon!
Thanks so much for joining me at the Fence today and please don’t hesitate to ask me questions about this tutorial. I tend to do my sewing projects in a “wing and a prayer” manner so I make no guarantees!
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