I am going to show you how you can easily make a chandelier chain cover. I created this cover as a project for a decorating book I wrote back in 1994 that was entitled, Instant Decorating. At the time I wrote it purchased chain covers required you to have to remove the chandelier and then slip a sleeve of gathered fabric over the chain – too hard – and I would have needed the help of my husband or an electrical contractor.
Now chandy chain covers or sleeves as they call them can be found in the Ballard Designs catalog. They sell for $39.00, plus tax and s&h. Making your own will not only cost you a lot, lot, lot, less – but you can choose any fabric you want. You are not limited to choose from only a few select fabrics. The chain cover is really easy to make and you don’t even have to use a sewing machine. You can use fusible web. A chandy chain cover instantly transforms an ugly chain and adds a decorative finish where you least expect one.
Gather:Fabric – double the length of the chain (length) x 7” (wide”) Iron-on Adhesive or Fabric Glue Matching Thread or Embroidery Floss Large Sewing Needle Sticky Back Velcro (cut to the length of chain)
2. Fold and iron all edges over 1/4″. Iron on the adhesive or apply fabric glue to the wrong side of fabric, then fold and press to create finished edges.
3. Using a needle and thread, sew a running stitch up each side.
I made my stitches really big so you could see. ( You will want your stitches smaller, but they don’t have to be perfect.) You can do this on a machine if you have the skills. When you get to the end, knot the bottom. Repeat on other side.
4. Gather the fabric along the thread on each side until it is the length of your chain. Knot the top thread.
5. Using your hands evenly arrange the gathers along the entire cover. Place one side of sticky velcro on the outside, left. The other side of the Velcro to underside, right. Make sure to press the Velcro firmly into the folds. Cut away any excess.
6. Starting at the top of the chain, wrap the cover around the chain and press the two sides of Velcro together as you work your way down. Keep the seam towards the least viewed part of the room. (Ignore my big stitches)