Re-dressing a Chair

Chairs are wonderful things.  Especially the kind that welcome you into them with soft comfort and firm support.  The kind you want to curl up in with a good book and a cup of coffee and relax for a while.

This was one such wonderful chair.  (please ignore the fact that the cushion and pillow are not included.  This is a ‘before’ photo – that I almost forgot to take.)

Covered in Linen and constructed in a wonderfully sturdy, comfortable way this chair began it’s life in glorious form.  But as years went by it began to look tired and to show the stains of the much-loved life of a wonderful chair.

But really all it needed was some re-dressing.

This chair is now wearing a drop cloth slip cover and no longer looks tired.  It is very happy to have its life extended with the simple addition of a new ‘dress’.

The pillow that goes with this chair was thrilled with the pleated ruffle accent added to its edges.

The ottoman that matched the chair also received a pleated ruffle addition.

The front of the chair got the same treatment too.  Chair, Pillow, and Ottoman are quite proud to match in this way.  I decided the design of the chair did not need the pleated ruffle on the sides so it only wraps around a little on each side.

The chair ruffle and the pillow ruffle are double so there was not need for a hem.  Gives a little thicker texture and neat drape.

Here is the side where the pleated ruffle stops.

I have used ribbon and created ties for the open sides on slip covers but this chair decided it needed a less frilly look so I sewed on velcro to keep it neat and tidily covered!

Rounded edges just get tucked and folded to fit the chair neatly.

Perfect spot to browse through all the new fall magazines.  I really kind of wanted to keep this chair/ottoman duo.

It paired quite nicely with my collection of vintage yardsticks.

It even looked great with my sticks and leaves and herbs and flowers and knots artwork!  But considering that directly to the right of the chair is the kitchen door way and this was completely blocking the walkway, it really isn’t a convenient spot for a chair and ottoman.  So I let the owner take them home.  :)  And since they weren’t mine it was nice to have the project finished and out of my way.  Someday I will figure out exactly what furniture I like for my living room and get some comfy stuff of my own!

Do you have furniture that is looking tired?  Slip Cover it!

Sew a Fine Seam


  1. Oh, I wish I lived closer ~ I would have YOU slip-cover them, and then we could chat about blogging, diys and fall magazines! :)
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  2. Awesome as always! Very good and classy work…I love seeing all the fun projects you do….thanks for sharing.

    • :) Thanks Angie! I spent today painting – chalk paint and milk paint. I’m going to get addicted to that milk paint very very quickly! I’ll try to show some pics soon! Got to get all the projects I started today finished so I have pretty ‘after’ shots for you!

  3. must love junk says:

    GORGEOUS work!! I just wanted to curl up in that beautiful chair!

  4. Love – especially the pleats!
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  5. Becky King says:

    I love the pleats, too. It looks so classy and so comfy. Another great job.

  6. Seriously…you did an AMAZING job! Love it! :)
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    • Thank you Judy – it was a very fun project – it all came together very well. Practice makes perfect I guess – each slip cover project I do goes a little bit better!

  7. darling! oh, how i wish i could be as talented! well done! xoxo
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  8. Wow, wonderful job!! Oh, I have all of the desire to sew and none of the skill. Maybe someday.

    • Thank you Tracy – if you want to I’m sure you can learn! Start with a pillow – they are so simple and go together quickly so you have a finished project without a long process getting there!

  9. Beautiful! Love the look, but I SO would not want to tackle a project like that. :)
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  10. What a great job you did on that slipcover! So beautiful!

  11. Beautiful Chair transformation! I would love to curl up in it with a great book and a cup of coffee!
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    • Leslie, this chair was so comfy and big and just wonderful. And my client got it for $25!!! I think she said they threw the ottoman in for free! I’ve got to get out there and find me a deal like that!

  12. I am SOOOO inspired by your beautiful creativity! Seriously…the things you sew are awe inspiring. Gorgeous.

  13. Very pretty, Jill! I really like it!

  14. You are one heck of a seamstress. Another impressive project. Your chair is beautiful. The ruffles are a great touch.
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  15. I love this chair makeover, oh how I wish I could sew. Especially ruffles.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss blog)

  16. Jill that is just gorgeous! You dressed that chair up beautifully and we are so glad you shared this with us at Inspiration Friday! :-)
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  17. This is very pretty Jill! I’m sure it is all washable, right? I don’t know how many years it will be until I feel like I could have furniture like this. I just don’t see my boys respecting the white/cream too much :)
    Is it totally uncool to have darker furniture? Not that I am overly concerned with coolness at this stage of my life :) Ours is falling apart and will need replaced…. I’m just hanging on, hoping to get through the toddler years!

    The pleated ruffles add a nice touch. I agree with some others…I could curl up with a book and a mug of something warm and steamy and spend this beautiful morning there!

    • Rachel, it’s made out of drop cloths so yes it is VERY washable. I have had a drop clot slip cover on my couch for quite awhile now and it is amazing how stuff doesn’t show on it like you think it would. I don’t wash it very often at all. I can’t even think of more than one time I took it off and washed it and that was just because I wanted to shake all the stuff out of it and decided while it was off i’d just wash it. i know you think you can’t do it with toddlers but I’ve read several other bloggers over the years who say they HAVE done it with little kids AND dogs and they get along great! you honestly would be pleasantly surprised I think!

  18. Jill,

    This is such a pretty chair! And the detailing on the pillow is amazing! Great place for magazines and a cup of coffee :)

  19. The chair is beautiful. It made me sad though when I read that it left your home. Today is my first visit so I just figured out that you sew for others. I made new slipcovers for my sofa and chair in the summer, but I don’t think I would ever do so for anyone else.

    • Thank you Carol! It was a fun one to do – it turned out really well. I watched Miss Mustard Seed’s tutorials on slip covering a chair and that gave me the tips I needed to feel confident to do this for other people. I had done several for myself but here tutorials were better than any of the books I’d read about slip covering! If you haven’t already go check out her tutorials! Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment, I hope you will come back!

  20. Wonderful job! I love this look. I have a chair that’s been screaming for a slipcover. Hopefully soon. I have company coming so maybe it will jump start me to work on something for myself! :)

  21. Beautiful work girl! You should be so proud! Thanks for coming to party with us at Whimsy Wednesday:)

    Smart! School {House}
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  22. Wow beautifully done! I need to make slipcovers and you have inspired me.
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  23. Oh, those pleated ruffles. Perfection! I have a huge chair 1/2, more like a love seat that I’m considering slipcovering, but that’s way on down the list of projects. Wish I could hire you to do it! :)

  24. Oh, that chair is beautiful. I love it. You have inspired me to try my hand at making a slip cover. Thanks so much for sharing. Karie

    • Oh good – glad I could inspire you to go for it yourself! It really isn’t that hard, just take your time and watch Miss Mustard Seed’s tutorials first! :)

  25. You did an Amazing job on this!! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
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  26. Jill what a beautiful job! I’m featuring you later tonight on Totally Transformed Tuesday. Thanks for linking up.

  27. Beautiful. I love the ruffle. I’m visiting from Air Your Laundry and I’m so happy I stopped by. I’m in a big sewing mood and couldn’t be happier to have found your beautiful blog.

    • Thanks Robin! The chair was fun to do – it turned out really well which makes it much more fun of course! Thanks so much for your sweet comment about my blog – I’ll be over to see yours too!

  28. Great job on this! I am way impressed with your pleated ruffles…especially the pillow. Happy Weekend Jill!
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  29. That turned out beautifully, Jill! For a second, I thought you got to keep it. Isn’t it funny how we always do the fancy stuff for others, but never seem to get around to our own pretties? All in good time. Lovely work.
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