Tuesday, 22 January 2008

slip covers for an old computer chair

On Sunday, I decided enough was enough, I was sick of sitting on our old raggy computer chair! The girls kept on picking at the now visible foam and the use-by-date was very quickly approaching. So I decided to make slip covers for it - way easier than totally re-upholstering and they can be taken off to wash!

what I began with

I chose some old brown cord from my fabric stash and then cut basic shapes out (couldn't be faffed to use a paper pattern!). I cut a rectangle shape for the back and a rounded edge square for the seat. I used some leather to tie the back on and elastic into a pocket I sewed around the edge of the seat fabric.

what I ended up with

It looks better in person - something about photographing cord, I guess that's why you can't wear stripes on television! I am super pleased with the results and it's so much more comfy now...

3 comments:

weezie said...

My office chair is very similar to yours. Can you tell me how you determined the pattern size to cut the bottom cover? How did you do it?
I don't want to waste a lot of time I don't have trying to figure it all out.
I am just going to make a cover for the back that just slips on without tying.
I would appreciate any help you could give me.
Thanks

sewfunky said...

Hi

I measured the bottom and added about 10cm all around the edge. The elastic is very forgiving, in that you don't notice any "mistakes". :)

Have fun!

D.

Anonymous said...

My chair isn't as worn as yours, but it has several dire stains on it - of unknown origin. It was a cast-off from a university computer lab, so heaven only knows what dirt is ground in. (It was being thrown out because it was missing a few screws or something, which made it squeak loudly.)
I wonder if my sewing would look as good as yours?
The short answer is no - but I could try anyway.

Thanks for showing that it CAN be done,
Janey
janeyknitting AT yahoo DOT ca

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