Easy-Sew Ghostly Chair Slipcover

Use gauzy fabric and cheesecloth to give a traditional dining chair a ghostly silhouette for Halloween. With raw edges and a simple shape, this slipcover is a snap to make using basic sewing skills.
Ghostly Halloween Chair

Ghostly Halloween Chair

Use gauzy fabric and cheesecloth to give a traditional dining chair a ghostly silhouette for Halloween. With raw edges and a simple shape, this slipcover is a snap to make using basic sewing skills.

Use gauzy fabric and cheesecloth to give a traditional dining chair a ghostly silhouette for Halloween. With raw edges and a simple shape, this slipcover is a snap to make using basic sewing skills.

Materials Needed:

  • 4 yards white gauzy fabric
  • 1-2 yards cheesecloth
  • sharp scissors
  • pins
  • white all-purpose cotton thread
  • sewing machine
  • all-purpose sewing needle

Drape and Pin Fabric

Prewash fabric to soften it. Drape over chair, fully covering seat and both sides of the back. If using a fabric with a front side, make sure the front is facing the chair. The fabric should hang a few inches over each side and the front of seat. Pin fabric on both sides, following the line of the chair.

Tip: This type of gauzy fabric can be found with the muslin and other utilitarian fabrics at craft stores.

Pinning Slipcover

Pinning Slipcover

Drape fabric over chair, fully covering seat and both sides of the back. If using a fabric with a front side, make sure the front is facing the chair. The fabric should hang a few inches over each side and the front of seat. Pin fabric on both sides, following the line of the chair.

Cut and Sew Fabric

Trim off excess fabric using sharp scissors. Gently remove slipcover from chair and sew along pin lines. Remove pins and place slipcover back onto chair with right side facing out.

Cut and Sew Fabric

Cut and Sew Fabric

Trim off excess fabric using sharp scissors. Gently remove slipcover from chair and sew along pin lines. Remove pins and place slipcover back onto chair with right side facing out.

Cut Cheesecloth

Using sharp scissors, cut cheesecloth into 2-1/2-inch- to 3-inch-wide strips lengthwise.

Cut Cheesecloth

Cut Cheesecloth

Using sharp scissors, cut cheesecloth into 2-1/2-inch- to 3-inch-wide strips lengthwise.

Pin and Sew Cheesecloth

Drape strips of cheesecloth randomly over back and sides of slipcover and pin into place (Images 1 and 2). Using an all-purpose sewing needle threaded with white cotton thread, hand-stitch cheesecloth to slipcover in two or three places per strip (Image 3). Trim all excess threads.

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