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Custom-Fit Slipcovers: Chairs

with Cherie Killilea
Give beloved furniture a fresh look! Learn to sew superbly fitted slipcovers for your favorite dining chairs or armchairs.

Sew slipcovers that enhance your furniture instead of hiding it! Join pattern designer and sewing expert Cherie Killilea as she shares accessible techniques for draping and rough-cutting slipcovers that enliven any chair. Discover how to accurately measure furniture so that you can estimate yardage as you cover both a straight-backed dining chair and a cozy armchair. Choose from two hem options, for both everyday and formal finishes, and learn how to sew a zippered cushion cover to complete your armchair makeover. Plus, Cherie will share insider tips that make slipcovering a whole set of chairs infinitely easier! By the end of this class, you’ll feel empowered to breathe new life into your favorite furniture—with fabric you love and a style that’s uniquely you.

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Lesson 1. Slipcover Considerations

  • Meet sewing pattern designer Cherie Killilea as you dive into the creative world of slipcover design. You'll learn how easy it is to create custom covers, how to identify whether a chair is a good candidate for re-covering, and which types of fabric to choose. Then learn how to take the proper measurements as Cherie records the dimensions of a basic dining chair.


Lesson 2. Dining Chair: Getting Started


Lesson 3. Dining Chair: Sides & Seat


Lesson 4. Finishing Options


Lesson 5. Armchair: Getting Started


Lesson 6. Armchair: Draping & Finishing


Lesson 7. Seat Cushion

"I've always wanted to learn how to make slip covers and this class is the perfect one for me. Thank you Craftsy."
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