Easy DIY Chair Back Covers

Learn how to make simple kitchen chair covers to change up the look of your dining set or to decorate for the holidays.

DIY Dining Chair Back Covers

I’ve got a simple Christmas sewing project to share with you today. I’m going to show you how to make cute chair back covers to spice up your dining room for the holidays. They are super simple to make and I love how they look in my dining room. They add such a cheery, cozy vibe. The red and white ticking stripe fabric is classic Christmas without being in-your-face and I am really just tickled with how this project turned out.

This post is sponsored by Waverly Inspirations.

To make your own chair covers, you will need:

Supply List

red ticking stripe fabric waverly

I chose red and white ticking stripe fabric, but there were other great options that would be so cute for the holidays. You can see everything available at Walmart.com. Each chair cover takes right around 1/2 yard of fabric, depending on the size of your chair. Definitely measure before buying fabric though!


Step 1: Measure the width of the top edge of your chair back. Then measure the length from the top edge of the chair down to however long you would like your cover to be, anywhere above the seat that you’d like. Lastly, measure the thickness of the top edge of your chair.

how to sew chair covers

Step 2: For each chair cover, you will cut three rectangles.

  • Main Cover Piece
    [A] WIDTH: chair width + 1 inch for hemming
    [B] HEIGHT: chair length x 2 + chair thickness + 2 inches for hemming
  • Decorative Knot
    Cut two 7 x 18 inch rectangles (measurements [C] and [D] in the photo). These can be any size or width you like, as long as the two pieces are long enough to reach across the chair back and tie together. If you make the rectangle double the length, you’d have enough to tie a bow instead of just a knot, which would also be cute. You could also substitute decorative ribbon for a whole different look.

Step 3: Fold the two knot pieces in half longways with right sides together. Sew along the open edge. Flip right side out. Press. Fold one end under and sew closed.

flip fabric right side out

Step 4: Flip the main cover piece so that right sides are together. Sandwich each knot piece inside the cover, lining up the unfinished edge of the knot with the outside edge of the cover. Pin in place.

DIY chair cover sewing tutorial

Sew down both sides of the cover to create a pocket with one open end.

sew a chair back slipcover

Step 5: Hem the bottom edge of the chair cover by rolling the fabric over 1/2 inch, then 1/2 inch again, pressing and sewing. Then press the entire chair cover, especially along all of the sewn seams.

easy DIY chair back cover

Step 6: Slip the chair cover over the back of your chair and tie a pretty knot or bow.

holiday chair cover

Darling, right?! I can’t wait to pull these out every Christmas for years to come. I hope they will be just one more little thing that brings the holiday magic to my family. The chair covers definitely make the table feel special.

holiday table with chair covers

Like this idea? Pin it so you can find it later!

easy sew chair covers


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