Tuesday, March 31, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Make your own chair-back covers

By
From page A5 | August 18, 2013 |

Making chair-back covers can be an easy project as long as the backs of the dining chairs are fairly straight up and down.

SHNS photo courtesy mattandshari.com

SH13G155HOBBIES July 22, 2013 -- Making chair-back covers can be an easy project as long as the backs of the dining chairs are fairly straight up and down. (SHNS photo courtesy mattandshari.com) (Newscom TagID: shnsphotos147194.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

By Shari Hiller and Matt Fox

Scripps Howard News Service

Sometimes dining chairs don’t seem very welcoming or comfortable. In fact, wood-back chairs often aren’t very comfy and can cause a lovely dinner to be cut short. Well, never fear, a solution is here: chair-back covers. We wish we’d padded ours a bit, but that is certainly something you could add.

This is an easy project as long as the backs of your dining chairs are fairly straight up and down. Additional curves will make it tougher for the fabric to stay against the chair since the panels are only held to the chair with ribbons.

Materials:

Paper to make a chair-back pattern

Fabric of your choice (about 2 yards per chair — depending, of course, on the size of the chair)

Thread to match

Satin ribbon or grosgrain to match or coordinate

1. Begin by laying the back of the dining chair flat against a piece of paper large enough to make a pattern, and trace around the back of the chair. Cut out the pattern.

2. Pin the pattern to the fabric you’ve chosen and cut out four of the pattern pieces. Two will be for the front panel and two for the back panel. Make sure to add 1/2 inch all the way around for seam allowance.

3. Determine where to locate the ribbons to best hold the covers in place. We selected seven different positions — three across the top and two on each side. The area where the top met the sides and created a bit of a jut-out in the design had a tendency to fold back at times.

If you have a similar design, consider using interfacing on the fabric to make it stiffer. Adding a bit of padding would certainly help as well.

4. Cut two 9-inch pieces of ribbon for every location. Pin one piece of ribbon in each predetermined place along two of the fabric pieces. Pin them to the right side of the fabric with the ribbons extending to the center of the fabric, not to the outside.

5. With right sides together and ribbons to the inside, pin two pattern pieces together — one with ribbons and one without. Sew the panels together, leaving an opening at the bottom to turn the chair cover right side out.

6. Trim the seam, clip the curves and turn the chair-back cover right side out. Take the cover to an ironing board and carefully iron the cover flat, making sure the side seams are pulled out as far as they can go to match the pattern you made. Then hand-stitch the opening closed.

7. Tie two panels onto the back of each dining chair — one on the front and the other on the back.

—Shari Hiller and Matt Fox are best known for HGTV’s “Room by Room.” They now host the PBS television series “Around the House with Matt and Shari.” Visit them on their website, www.mattandshari.com

Comments

comments

Scripps Howard News Service

.

News

Special playground dedication slated

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

 
Coroner confirms West Davis deaths were murder-suicide

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
‘Old Autos’ at Hattie Weber Museum

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Davis tops list of best schools for the buck

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A4

Lenten giving project highlights climate justice

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
DCCNS plans open house April 8

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Parent-child open house previews new Waldorf classes

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Summer garden alert!

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Davis FFA and ag students host plant sale

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

 
Poker tourney benefits DMTC

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Camp Shakespeare begins Saturday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Neighbors invited to adopt Willow Creek Park

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

Yolo animal shelter seeks donations

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

 
RSVP for Gerber Young Community Leader reception

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Pence Gallery recruiting volunteers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Move over, Muggles

By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A5

Tour de Cluck has selected its coops

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
CBH hosts Passover Community Potluck Seder

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

City extends nomination period for Huynh Awards

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Parenting class meets Tuesdays

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Meeting examines Northstar Pond priorities

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

.

Forum

Maybe he loves the outdoors …

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Why can’t we be friends?

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

.

Sports

Over the years, The Show has been a reach for Davis

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
UC Davis opens hopeful spring football camp

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

A very palpable hit

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
 
UC Davis plays 7 of next 8 softball games at home

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

Sleiffer leads Aggie tennis win versus Montana

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Snubbed Temple, returning Stanford highlight NIT semis

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

Grizzlies beat Kings to end three-game skid

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

 
.

Features

.

Arts

30 years of dance in Davis with Pamela Trokanski

By Chloe Lessard | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Dance the night away at house party

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

‘A Year with Frog and Toad’ a delightful family show

By Bev Sykes | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Mischief to play at Picnic in the Park

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Yolo Mambo will play at winery

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Thursday Live! plans a blues party

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Jane Lynch performance rescheduled to August

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Hear some April Fool’s night jazz

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (set 1)

By Creator | From Page: B5

 
Comics: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (set 2)

By Creator | From Page: B7