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with Cherie Killilea
Online Class

Custom-Fit Slipcovers: Chairs

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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.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 1h59m

Included in this Class

1. Slipcover Considerations

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.

2. Dining Chair: Getting Started

2. Dining Chair: Getting Started

Cherie walks you through every step you'll need to know to start drafting a pattern for a dining chair slipcover. Learn how to work with tracing cloth as you trace and cut the back and seat pattern pieces. Then cut the fabric and sew your pieces, customizing the cover to your needs using Cherie's helpful tips.

3. Dining Chair: Sides & Seat

3. Dining Chair: Sides & Seat

Discover how to add beautiful piping to your chair, which adds an elegant touch and also acts as a valuable stabilizer. Next, learn how to maneuver around tricky curves as you sew the sides to the chair back. Finally, try your hand at a variety of techniques that can be applied to symmetrical or asymmetrical furniture as you slip the cover onto the chair and pin the final side.

Recommended with this class

  • Custom Fit Slipcovers Ty Pennington Impressions Kit
  • 42" zipper
  • Corded piping
  • Hook-and-loop tape