Chair Back Runners

Over the holidays, I decorated my dining room with accents of turquoise – I found I really liked the shot of color in the room – actually LOVED it and didn’t want to take it down.   I enjoy the neutrality of the room as it allows me to periodically add color in the way of new and colorful accessories to the room with little expense, time These additions can change the look of the room instantly.

On a recent trip to JoAnns Fabrics, I came across a turquoise and white fabric. When picking it up to get a closer look, I knew immediately what I was going to do with it. Luckily, it was on sale and I didn’t even have to use a coupon.


I bought it to make chair back runners.  They are an easy-to-make alternative to full blown slipcovers and can be made the no-sew way if you don’t have a sewing machine.

The name of the fabric is Akron-Panorama in Surf.  It is a Mill Creek Fabric.


I brought in some yummy pink peonies and one of my new boxwood globes to add some contrast and interest.


I love the mix of colors against the painted white and wood furniture.


I made the white knotted-back slipcovers that are under the chair back runners two years ago. I have a tutorial on how I made them – Simple Slipcovers


I didn’t want to make new slipcovers,  just add an accent of color to go with the bench I painted turquoise before the holidays. I posted about that over on My Colortopia.

Making these runners is quick and easy.  I sewed them, but they could be made using fuse or fabric glue if you don’t sew.


I simply placed a runner over each chair and tucked the back behind the knot in the slipcover. If I decide to remove the white slipcovers –


I could simply add ribbon ties to each side of the runner so that I could tie them onto the chairs.


I used ribbon, but you could make ties from the fabric.



How To Make Dining Room Chair Back Fabric Runners

supplies needed:

  • Fabric – enough to cover the chair back and front, plus an extra inch all around to create a hem and finished edges.
  • Ribbon in a coordinating color:  4 – 14-inch long pieces
  • Scissors
  • Thread or fabric glue or iron-on adhesive
  • Iron

How to make a dining room chair back runner

1. Cut fabric to size needed.  Turn fabric edges over 1-inch and press.

2.  Sew or fuse edges with Iron-On Adhesive or fabric glue.

3. Sew or fuse ribbon on wrong side of runner where I marked the pink stars in the above diagram.

How to make a simple chair back fabric runner

4. Place over chair back and tie on.


In my post that I did back in December showing my holiday décor, I received many emails and comments about the chandelier in the room.   It was a builder brass cheap-o fixture that I made over.  If you are interested in how I did it, you can find the post, here.


Maybe now that I am loving the new colors so much, I will spend more time in the room now.

Anyone want to come over for dinner?  Potluck?

Update:  I have painted the dining room table, walls, and added new drapes to the room.  You can find the updates here:

Dining Room Table Makeover

New Drapes and Repurposed Curtain Rod


Related Posts:

 No-Sew Instant Chair Back Slipcovers for Dining Room Chairs

Seasonal Easy Change Chair Covers

How to Makeover a Boring Chandelier


  1. Marianne says

    I absolutely love these, its like an apron for a chair. I can picture these in my simplistic dining area. thank you so much for sharing. Off to JoAnn’s shortly.

  2. Cindy Eikenberg says

    Oh Diane, I LOVE these! This fabric is gorgeous …my dining room chairs seriously need some help but they have they have a low back. Do you think think with adjustments these would look ok on a lower backed chair?

  3. Shirley B. says

    Dang Lady! You got it goin’ ON!
    Love your site, just found you today and adding to my favs!

  4. Sheryll & Critters. says

    Oh I LOVE them and both ways! You always pick colors and prints I just love. I could not love the fabric more. And you matched your adorable bench. Sheeh, I am so hopeless.

    So easy and I would have never thought of this. You really are the most clever gal.

  5. says

    Those are sooo cute, Diane! They give such a happy, springy feel to your dining room! Thanks for the great tutorial!

    xoxo laurie

  6. says

    I’m glad that I stumbled upon this post…thanks for the tutorial on the DIY chair runner. I would like to make a cool set of them for my chairs… Looking forward to more decor ideas from you :)


  1. […] The chairs are slipcovers that I made years ago, being white they go with anything. I have made 2 sets of chair back runners for them to change up the look every so often without a huge expense involved.  I made  no-sew black & white striped one last Fall and a turquoise damask set. […]

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