Office Chair Slipcover

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Office Chair Slipcover

Love this! I now want to slipcover my chair in my office at work. I also need to buy a new chair for my sewing room (my back needs it!) and I haven’t because I didn’t like the look of the plain black with my turquoise, pink, and orange room. Now I can make it look however I want. Thank you!
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Office Chair Slipcover

When I completed my sewing room/home office last year, I knew I needed a comfortable chair for sewing, and one that was preferable on wheels and had no arms. After much consideration, The chair I opted to work with was the Islie office chair from Staples. At under $50, it was a great value, and I have to say that after months of use, it is incredibly comfortable to use for sewing, crafting and computer work. (Note: This exact chair is evidently no longer available.)
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Office Chair Slipcover

Now, fit the slipcover onto the office chair. Is it extremely likely that at this point, you will have a great deal of excess fabric on the seat back piece. We will eliminate this by creating a button placket. I made a quick video to show you how to do so.
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Office Chair Slipcover

With the back of the chair facing you, affix another large section of fabric to the chair back with tape. Make a large mark at the top center of the chair back. Trace all the way around the perimeter of the chair back, drawing a straight line across the bottom a few inches below where the chair back meets the chair seat. Cut 1/2″ around the perimeter of the section you just traced. Label this piece “Seat Back Piece,” and set it aside for now.

Office Chair Slipcover

Place the lower edge of the front seat back piece and the back edge of the seat bottom piece together, right sides facing, aligning the notches you made in the previous step. Stitch together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Place the assembled piece on the chair, anchoring it with tape if necessary. Take a step back. Does it look pleasantly proportioned? Are there any areas you would like to tweak? If so, make those adjustments now. These two pieces will form the overall silhouette for the slipcover, so it is very important that you get things just right! When the adjustment process is finished and the pieces are exactly as you want them, remove the section from the chair and set it aside.
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Office Chair Slipcover

Slip the cover back onto the chair, and pin the placket shut. Does the silhouette of the slipcover look proportioned? Are you satisfied with the contour of the cover, or are there any adjustments that need to be made? If so, tweak and adjust until you are completely satisfied.
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Office Chair Slipcover

Starting along the top edge of the chair, carefully trace the contour of the top and sides of the chair back. My chair’s back rest is connected to the seat with a metal bar, so to create the illusion that the back is all one piece, I extended the side line all the way to the point at which it meets the seat bottom, curving it slightly for a shapely look. When you reach the seat portion of the chair, trace along the contour of the seat bottom to connect the left and right lines and form a continuous outline of the  front seat back piece. Cut 1/2″ all the way around the outline you drew. (The 1/2″ is for seam allowance.) Label this piece “Front Seat Back,” and set it aside for now.
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Office Chair Slipcover

To get rid of any excess fabric and divide the back piece into two sections, simply find the center point of the back piece and then, while pulling the right-hand side of the fabric taut, dry a straight line down through the middle of the piece. Remove the back piece from the front of the slipcover using a seam ripper, and then measure and mark 1.5″ to the right of the line. Cut along this mark, dividing the back piece in two. Discard the right-hand portion. The side we will use as our seat back pattern is the left side.
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With the pattern pieces drafted, you can now cut slipcover pieces from your chosen fabric. I recommend using high-quality home decorator fabric for this purpose, as chairs like this one will receive a lot of wear and tear over time.
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I opted to increase the appeal of my slipcover by inserting piping between the seat bottom and the ruffle, as well as the seat front and back pieces. (If you aren’t familiar with piping, I shared a great piping tutorial last year.) I also added an iron-on set of monogram letters to the front seat back. Love!
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Chairs shown were custom made for customers based on their measurements. Don't worry if you are not sure how to measure. I will email you a PDF that shows how to measure your chair. You can email or text me the measurements.Start a conversation with me to talk about fabric. Attach photos of your chair, so I can see what we have to work with.This is going to be adorable in your office!As soon as you order, I will buy the fabric, preshrink it and sew this up for you.I need 2 weeks to make this and then priority mail will add 3 days. Meet the owner of StudioCherie Learn more about the shop and process Cherie Killilea

Chairs shown were custom made for customers based on their measurements. Don't worry if you are not sure how to measure. I will email you a PDF that shows how to measure your chair. You can email or text me the measurements.Start a conversation with me to talk about fabric. Attach photos of your chair, so I can see what we have to work with.This is going to be adorable in your office!As soon as you order, I will buy the fabric, preshrink it and sew this up for you.I need 2 weeks to make this and then priority mail will add 3 days.
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With the front of the chair facing you, lay a section of fabric over the front side of the seat back, and use painter’s tape or packing tape to anchor the fabric to the chair. (This will enable you to trace a steady line, even if you are working alone.)
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Now, lay the fabric over the seat portion of the chair, and use a marker to trace the shape of this section, tracing all the way around the perimeter of the section. Important: Make sure to clearly label the back edge of the piece. Cut 1/2″ all the way around the line you drew. Label this piece “Seat Bottom,” and set it aside for now.

Place the seat front piece face up on a work surface. Fold the seat portion of the piece down and out of the way. Align the left back panel at the center of the front chair back piece, right sides facing, pinning along the contour of their outer edges. Overlap the right back panel on top of the left panel, and pin it along the opposite side in the same manner. Stitch the sections together with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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