Dining room chair slip covers.
We've all been there. We all have had at least one thing in life we love a lot. You've invested a few good dollars into it, used it time and time again, and it's held up great over the years. Whether it be your favourite pair of jeans, a pair of quality leather boots, or a piece of furniture, we all have had something that, for whatever reason, we love to hang on to.
But... times change. Style changes. Things weather. Or they don't. Sometimes you have something that's in really great shape but if it were only... a different colour!
And this was exactly the case with these Parsons style dining room chairs. My parents in law had downsized from a large rustic home by the lake to a modern town home in the city. Upon moving, they changed the decor in their new home entirely, but were reluctant to part with these great dining room chairs because they were: a) very good quality genuine leather chairs made in Canada, b) pretty much still in new condition, c) super comfortable. They had invested a good amount of money into these chairs so they wanted to keep them. The only "problem" was that they were brown and they didn't fit in with the light, airy, and sleek decor in the new house.
So... enter the slip cover. But not just any slip cover! I made these slips to PERFECTLY fit the chair. The fabric hugs every curve, fits every corner, is taunt throughout and does not ever bunch or shift.
The slip secures to a sturdy piece of textile underneath the chair seat on all four sides with velcro. This ensures that it stays in place and does not budge.
This allows the slip to snugly cover the chair, especially around the legs, giving it an upholstered finish, as opposed to the draped look, which is typical with generic slip covers that are made to fit chairs of various shapes and sizes.
I sewed a total of eight slip covers; six out of a linnen-like light faded blue fabric and two in an accent fabric with a modern print. The fabrics are good quality, sturdy and thick textiles, which prevents the slip covers from stretching and losing their shape, helps retain their colours and texture during repeated wash cycles, and overall elongates their life span.
From the left over fabric scraps I made small accent pillows for each chair that not only provide lower lumbar support but look super cute!
These slip covers... they are like the bodycon dress for chairs. So flawless that you'd never know they actually are a slip cover! It has been four years since I have made these and even through daily use, regular washes (including hot water cycles due to spilled red wine!!!), and standing in direct sunlight, the slips have held up wonderfully. They still look like the very first day they were put on!