How to make a buttoned chair cover

Five simple steps to follow to make a buttoned chair cover

fabric buttoned seat cover for wooden chair
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Paper for template


Velvet ribbon

6 buttons

Step 1

making paper template for chair cover

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Place paper on seat of chair and draw around the seat to make template. Still working on paper template, extend 12cm from seat to form the four side drops of cover. Extend sides of back and ends of side drop by 4cm to wrap around back chair leg. Round off back corners, where fabric fits around legs.

Step 2

template placing on fabric and cutting

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Place the template on the fabric and cut out, adding a 1.5cm seam allowance all round. Mark a 4cm wide back corner facing on a template. Cut out two facings from the fabric, adding a 1.5cm seam allowance.

Step 3

machine stitches on fabric for chair cover

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Turn and machine-stitch a hem around the outside edge of the facings. Place the facings on the chair cover, right sides together. Pin and machine-stitch, leaving a 1.5cm seam allowance. Snip the seam allowance at regular intervals around curve. Turn facings through and press flat.

Step 4

side drops of front chair corners together and press seams open

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Pin the side drops of the front chair corners together, right sides facing. Machine-stitch leaving a 1.5cm seam allowance. Press seams open.

Step 5

On the right side, turn up a 1.5cm hem allowance on all sides. Pin velvet ribbon into position around edge concealing raw edge of hem allowance. Machine-stitch down. Machine-top-stitch around edge of back-leg facings. Place seat cover on chair, wrap extension around back chair legs and mark the button and buttonhole positions. Machine or hand-finish buttonholes to complete the cover.


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.