How to Cover Card Table Chairs for a Wedding

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Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric marker or pencil
  • Muslin, tulle or other fabric
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing needle or sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Ribbon (optional)

Card table chairs are generic, unattractive and usually what wedding venues have available for use. All these chairs need to become a festive part of your special day, though. is a fabric cover and decorations of your choice. Renting or buying covers is an option that many wedding and party supply companies offer, but you can save money and customize your decor by making simple slipcovers yourself out of inexpensive fabrics such as muslin or tulle. Adding ribbon in a neutral color or one that matches your wedding scheme enhances the aesthetic of the chair cover.

Measure the height of the chair from the top of the back to the floor. Measure the height of the chairback down to the seat. Add this number to the back-to-floor measurement. Measure the width of the chairback. Add 1 inch to all sides for seam allowance.

Mark your fabric with the chair measurements. Use scissors to cut along the markings.

Fold the fabric down 1 inch on all sides to create a seam. Hold it in place with straight pins. Sew the seam, removing the pins as you go.

Measure the length from the top of the chairback to the seat on the fabric. Fold the top over at this point so the sides with the seams showing face each other. Sew the sides of the fabric together at the seams, creating a pocket for the chairback.

Pull the pocket of the cover over the chairback until it's secured over the chair.

Tie ribbon around the back of the chair, over the slipcover, to create a decorative bow.


  • When you're finished with the covers, loan them to family and friends, donate or sell them or even repurpose the fabric.

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