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Rush Seat Slipcover With Knife Pleated Skirt Tutorial Part 1

A couple of weeks ago, I shared this photo on Instagram and received several messages about how to make this seat cover.

I have two of these chairs that I intended on using in the sunroom. While I love the chairs, the rush seat was starting to show the wear and tear of the past 20 years and the blue paint was starting to look old and tired. They needed a makeover. A slipcover and a fresh coat of paint to the rescue. I will share the paint process in a later post. If you want to read about our sunroom refresh, you can do so here and here.

For this slipcover I used the draping or tailor's method. I began by placing a piece of fabric over the seat and then cutting it to fit, leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance on all four sides.

Next, I made the piping or cording. For a detailed tutorial on how to make piping, please read here.

With right sides together, I pinned the piping to the edge of the fabric. I made cuts in the seam allowance of the piping so that it will better curve around the corners.

I stitched the piping into place using a 2.5 stitch length.

On Monday I will share how to make and attach the knife pleated skirt along with the ties.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!!

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