How to Make Chair Back Covers

How to Make Fabric Chair Back Covers for Kitchen or Dining Room Chairs


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.

DIY chair back covers in turquoise and white on dining chairs in dining room

I bought it to make chair back runners for my hand-me-down dining room chairs.

Making chair back runners 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.

Dining-Room-Chair-Slipcover-tutorial

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

Dining-Room-Decorating-Color-Schemes

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

Dining--Room-Chair-Decorating-Ideas

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

Dining-Room-Decorating-Ideas

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.

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.

Instructions-on-how-to-make-chair-slipcovers

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 –

Fabric-Dining-Room-Chair-Back-Runner

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

Sew-or-No-Sew-Chair-Back-Runner-with-Ties

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

Turquoise-Decorating-Ideas

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.

How-to-age-a-brass-chandelier

If you don’t sew, no problem, you can still make these chair back runners. Find out how here:

dining room with white chairs and white DIY made slipcovers

Update:  I have painted the walls and chairs in my dining room since I posted this post.  You can find the updates here:

Related Posts:

Easy Sew Chair Slipcovers

How to Make Over a Boring Chandelier

No sew dining room chair back covers using white and turquoise fabric

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


17 Comments

  1. Your chair back runner look awesome. I love the pop of color and fabric choice with your white furniture.

  2. 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 :)

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

    xoxo laurie

  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. Shirley B. says:

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

  6. Beth@WelcomeLaneDesigns says:

    Love the colors in your dining room! Thanks so much for the tutorial; I’ve always wanted to try this.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. Love love love that fabric!

  10. Beautiful Diane! I love the pop of color!

  11. Chrissy Farnan says:

    LOVE this!!!!