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Update: Below is the original chair cover instructable I did. I wanted to add a picture of the newest cover I made. It's a heavier deep red fabric and more attractive. It is sewn around the edges by machine very quickly and roughly. I inserted cheap and strong clothesline cording to cinch it and tie it to the chair pads. Very QUICK and easy!

I needed a quick cover for my expensive office chair. This took less than 45 minutes to make. You can use just about any kind of fabric. An old sheet would be great. I used a medium weight, Teflon coated, cotton upholstery fabric. I will just throw it out when it gets beat up or I get too sick of the pattern (sort of ugly). Perfection is not the aim here. I am going for function not fashion.
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Step 1: Find fabric, clear 2" wide tape, cording and scissors.

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Drape the fabric on the chair and estimate how much fabric you will need. Make sure you have fabric for a very wide hem to go underneath the seat and in the back of the chair. Your fabric should be approx 8 inches larger than the chair pad size.

Recklessly cut around the chair with the fabric draped on it. Take your fabric and place it on a flat surface, right side down.

Step 2: Grab your cord and make a casing

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Lay the cording around the fabric shape a few inches in from the edge. Fold the fabric edge over the cording and secure it inside the fold with the clear tape. When you get to a curve just gather the folds naturally. Don't worry about how neat it looks and don't fuss with it. It won't show when its done.

Step 3: Cut the holes for the cord and finish taping it up.

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Tape the fabric hem with the cording ( or old drawstring whatever works) laying inside it. When you get to the end decide what is the back or bottom of the chair cover, where you want to tie the drawstring. Cut two holes there about an inch or two apart, on the folded area of the fabric. Thread the cord ends through the holes and finish taping the edges.

better than covering your chair with t shirts

coolguy6 years ago
You could also use spray adhesive to cure the slippage issue. I'm pretty sure that's how the manufacturers do it too.
glitteringsky (author)  coolguy5 years ago
Manufacturers spray adhesive to the foam (or use heat) but not to existing fabric. I wanted to protect the original fabric on the chair (the chair is from the United States Senate floor, and Obama might have sat in it)!
Very Keri5 years ago
When I did this a few years ago, I spray painted my ugly black chair, then I made a slip cover for the top/back. After that, I sat there for at least an hour hand stitching my fabric to the seat of the chair. My results were very nice, but I was temporarily cross eyed after the fact!
chickchoc6 years ago
Use FabriTac or some other permanent fabric adhesive to secure the casing. This won't show either and eliminates sewing, etc.
altomic6 years ago
wow, that is craptastic!! great instructable but the material blurghhh
robgonzo6 years ago
Nice instructable, good job. If you put a piece of that anti-slip rug underlay between the fabric and the chair you can keep the cover from sliding around.
glitteringsky (author)  robgonzo6 years ago
Thanks! Much appreciated. Good idea. Luckily it doesn't slide around since the fabric is heavy weight.
glitteringsky (author) 6 years ago
Hi spiderspell. I wouldn't recommend elastic. Too flimsy and the rubber thread breaks down. Cording, even twine or similar is very strong and stays tight with no stretching. :)
spiderspell6 years ago
Wouldn't elastic work better than the cord so it doesn't come loose like a cord would?
glitteringsky (author) 7 years ago
Thank you! It is so easy to do. Thats why I thought other people might appreciate the simplicity. I was using a pillowcase before to protect my chair. That got old.
mikesty7 years ago
Great instructable, and looks pretty. I ought to do that with this chair because it's got an awful stain. I tried to clean it but it just made it worse and it looks really messed up.
HamO7 years ago
Nice instructable, great idea and something I need to do at my office. Thanks for sharing.