Quick & Easy Retro Chair Makeover – The Back
This is the quick and easy way to recover a retro office chair, or any chair with a separate back piece. I have used this method on modern office chairs and for making outside tablecloths. The elastic keeps the table cloth from blowing away.
You can read how to cover the seat, the quick and easy way here.
To cover the back, cut a piece of fabric 4″ larger on all side than the back itself. Add some batting and quilt as desire. I quilted straight lines down this piece.
Pin the quilted piece to the back of the seat. Pushing a straight pin or two into the back is enough to hold it in place. (That is just a fake mouse – a cat toy. I have a cat that loves that toy and carries it everywhere.)
Using chalk, trace around the edge of the back. Remove pins and take the traced piece to a table and measure 1-1/2″ from the traced edge. Mark and cut out on this newly drawn line. Turn under and stitch or serge the raw edges to give a clean finish.
Using 1/2″ elastic (Don’t buy elastic at JoAnns. It cost way too much money there. If you are going to be sewing, invest in a spool like below. It comes out to be a faction of the cost. I buy mine from Amazon. You can find it here.)
Since I don’t know exactly how much I will be using of the elastic, I leave it on the spool and unwind as I go. The same can be done with a piece from the store. To guess how much is needed, measure the diameter. There will be extra, but more is better than not enough.
Place the elastic close to the edge of the seat as shown. Back stitch several times in place to hold. I stitched this with a wide zig zag stitch. To stitch, grab hold of the fabric behind the sewing machine foot and slightly pull. Hold the elastic and the fabric in front of the foot with your other hand. Pull and stretch the elastic as far as it can be stretched when stitching. Go slow and easy. Pull & stitch, pull & stitch the whole distance around the back. To finish, pull & stretch the elastic over the starting piece. Back stitch to hold. Snip elastic close to the ending point.
It now looks like a shower cap and will slip perfectly over the chair back.
Wow that was easy.
If you have any questions, give a holler.
See you next time.