Sunday, February 26, 2012

Chair Slips

I dropped into the Salvation Army recently hoping they might have a small two or three shelf bookcase that I could use in my craft/sewing room.  No luck on that front, but I did find these white tablecloths.


In excellent condition with no stains {although I did wash and bleach them once I got home anyway}, and they were only $1.99 a piece.  I thought they might make for good slips for our dining chair seats.  They look like the kind of white tablecloths that may have been used in a restaurant at one time.


The seat fabric that was on the chairs doesn’t really work in our new place.  It worked great in my old house because I had these colors in a couple of patterns in my kitchen.  I removed the fabric on the seats anyway because they were showing through the white.  I found that I had left the original fabric the chairs came with.


And, you know what? It’s not half bad! It kind of appeals to me with this color scheme I have going on now.  I put a slip on and the fabric didn’t show through, so I didn’t have to staple another fabric on. 


In fact, I’m thinking of using the original Buffalo Check fabric as a Fall/Winter look and the slips for Spring/Summer just to mix things up a bit.  What do you think?

Here are some inspiration pictures I found {these are all on my Pinterest board and you can see the sources here}.

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I know this one above is from Courtney at French Country Cottage because I pinned this one as soon as she posted about it!

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I think I’m going to leave them as is without chair ties.  They seem to be staying put just fine when sat on.  


Not bad for a couple of afternoons’ worth of sewing and $3.98 worth of fabric!  


A few “glam” shots.  We don’t use a tablecloth on an everyday basis, but I had to see how it would look with my ruffled tablecloth, too.  Prepare for pictures ad nauseum!








I’m very happy with the way they turned out!  I love that they are washable, so no worries if anything gets dropped on them.  I can just whip them off, throw them in the wash with a bit of bleach, and they will be good to go again!

Linking up with

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

Winter Blues Wednesday at DIY by Design

Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Air Your Laundry Textile Party at Freckled Laundry



NanaDiana said...

I think that is a great idea, Kathy. It's amazing how something we once loved goes full circle and you love it all over again. I love all your white inspiration pictures.

Did you pop over and sign up for my giveaway? If not, don't miss it! xo Diana

All Things Chic 2 said...

Hi I so so bad need to make those chair covers...How hard were they to make??? Lovely blog...Your newest follower...I invite you to follow my blog as well ... Blessings Lori

Unknown said...

That was a great find and you did a wonderful job making the slips. So pretty.

Ruby Jean said...

Oh I love how everything turned out... I Especially LOVE that beautiful table cloth... So Very Feminine and Ready for a Good Old Fashioned Tea Party... :)

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Oooo, I love all the ruffles, Kathy. The tablecloth is stunning.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Great pics Kathy, I love the chair slips! You are so lucky you know how to sew.

Blondie's Journal said...

They are beautiful, Kathy! I love the ruffles. Doesn't it make you feel like you have a new dining set?! I love it!


Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Looks fantastic! I wish I had learned to sew and I do love the tablecloth fabric!

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Great job on the covers. I am thinking of doing my dining room chairs. Thanks for stopping by my site and leaving a message.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

I love the look, Kathy! And that tablecloth is darling! Did you make that too?! You are so talented! Thank you for stopping by--please do so again. I wasn't done with the post and was shocked to start getting comments! Yikes! I published it by mistake. More there now! :)

Our Hopeful Home said...

I love these! Great score at Club G.W.! I'm not a great sewer but I'm wondering if there's any way to make these fairly easily? My dining room chairs could absolutely use this facelift!

Jane said...

You did a great job on those slips!! Most impressive!! And I do like the print that was originally on them, it's wonderful you can have a couple of different looks.

Anonymous said...

Kathy, I love everything you do! You just amaze me! These are gorgeous!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Wow, Kathy- you did a fabo job!

They look great! (And so does the plaid for the fall!)

Well done, friend!!!!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Kathy, they look beautiful. I love the ruffled table cloth too, they looks great together.
Hugs~~~ Daphne

Homeroad said...

Great find! I'm kicking myself right now because I left some muslin fabric curtains at Salvation this weekend!
I love your chair colors and the ruffled table cloth is fantastic!
Great find Kathy!

Gail said...

Hi Kathy, your chair slips look GREAT and that table cloth is gorgeous! I made some for my dining room chairs and wished I had made the ruffles longer but oh well, they will have to do!! Hope you have a wonderful day, Gail

Sonny G said...

Love the seat covers with skirts and that pretty Bag.. you did GOOD

DIYbyDesign said...

Great idea and great inspiration photos. Can't wait to see. I am on the hunt for two chairs to do just the same thing to.

Okio B Designs said...

The chairs look gorgeous! And you know how much I love that ruffle tablecloth!


Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Kathy..they turned out absolutely beautiful...A totally different softer look!..Great job!!

Unknown said...

OMG Over the top cuteness!!! Love them with your ruffled tablecloth too!
How fun!
XO Cindy

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

Oh my, these look absolutely chic! I love them! And the matching ruffled tablecloth makes everything look sooo romantic and feminine:) What an amazing find!I really admire your sewing skills:)Thanks for your visit and your sweet note. Happy week to you!~Poppy

Anonymous said...

They are very lovely. I made some white ones for my dining room chairs a couple of years ago. I love how I can just pull them off occasionally and throw them in the wash. I love that beautiful table cloth, too.

Heaven's Walk said...

What pretty slips, Kathy! You did an awesome job! Love how frilly and feminine your dining area is. :) Way to repurpose, girl!

xoxo laurie

Anneke said...

these chairs looking great.
your home is cozy and well done decorated.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I've always loved those flirty chair slips! You did an amazing job on yours. They totally look fabulous! I love the idea of being able to have a fall/winter - spring/summer look!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Fabulous!! you can nauseate me with pictures any time LOL! I am buying table clothes from thrift stores now for my sons rehearsal dinner. I can rent them for $10 a table, but buy them for a couple bucks. I am way to thrifty to rent them. Guess I will be covering a lot of chairs after the wedding LOL!


Special 'K' said...

I love washable! They look so divine. Thanks for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

wow - what a nice update...and that tablecloth! Too cute - well done!

Debra@CommonGround said...

Oh, I love these! all the ruffles really change up the look, great job on them!! xo

On Crooked Creek said...

These are just what I've been looking for to complememnt our vintage Farmhouse chairs purchased this Fall! Thank you for sharing this delightful post and for the inspiration to get going on new cushions and skirts for our dining room chairs!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Sooo gorgeous!! I love your creative chair slips- never thought about using thrift store tablecloths for them- fantastic idea!! Thanks for the shout out for my chair slips :) & thank you for linking up!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I love your work! Your tablecloth is really different, and beautiful, with the spacing of the ruffles. I have decided this is the year of the ruffles for me. I am going now to follow you!

Unknown said...

Beautiful! Love the table cloth too!

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