DIY Folding Chair Covers

Tables decorated at a wedding reception. image by Gina Smith from

Things You'll Need

  • Folding chair
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • 2 ribbons

Chair covers add a touch of elegance to a formal party or wedding reception, whether the festivities are inside a ballroom or outside on a lawn. Using chair covers on folding chairs is a good way to dress up the party location without spending a lot of money on renting expensive chairs. Folding chair covers are also a good way to disguise chairs that do not match. Although folding chair covers can be rented or purchased, all it takes is beginning sewing skills to make them.

Measure the chair beginning at the back legs on the floor. Measure to the top of the chair then down the front, across the seat and down to the floor at the front legs. Measure the width of the seat as well. Add two inches for a seam allowance to each number and record these measurements.

Cut the fabric to the dimensions recorded in Step 1. You will have a long section of fabric that is two inches wider than the chair.

Turn the fabric under one-half inch on each side and press with an iron. Turn under another one-half inch and hem on all four sides using the sewing machine. Hem each end of the ribbons in the same manner.

Place the hemmed fabric over the chair so that one end meets the floor at the back legs and it drapes over the front, across the seat, and to the floor at the front legs. Pin a length of ribbon to each side of the fabric where the back of the chair meets the seat. Pin the ribbons to the fabric on the front side of the chair and stitch them in place.

Put the fabric back over the chair and tie the ribbons at the back. Your chair cover is complete.


  • Vary the length and width of the ribbon depending on how big you want the knot or bow in back.

    Make the chair cover several inches wider than the chair for a more luxurious look.

    Use a solid color fabric and contrasting ribbons for variation. This can fit well into a wedding color scheme, such as using ivory-colored fabric and dark blue ribbon.

    For casual parties, put T-shirts over the back of folding chairs to add to the party’s theme.

    Use fabric glue instead of sewing the hems for no-sew chair covers.