DIY Faux Fur Chair Covers and Cushions

DIY Faux Fur Chair covers (click through for tutorial)Hello, it’s Katie here! I’ve been working hard at sprucing up our dining room lately. I love having people over for big brunches and fun dinners, but our dining room had a few issues, and it was getting to the point where it wasn’t a comfortable place to gather. Our old Formica table had started sagging pretty badly in the middle, and the edges of the top were peeling up. The legs on our metal chairs had lost their foot caps, which meant anytime someone would scoot in or out, the floor was getting all scraped up. When our friends come over, we usually end up sitting at the table and chatting or playing games, so it’s an important space for us to make cozy. 

The first thing I did was choose a simple, affordable chair. These IKEA chairs were pretty much exactly what I was looking for, within my budget, and I was able to have them shipped directly to my house. The kiddos weren’t too excited about them because they were hard, wooden chairs instead of our cushy ones we had in the past. The first part of this DIY is a solution to exactly that! 

SuppliesSupplies:
-faux fur
-cotton fabric
-vinyl
-pillow inserts
-canvas trim

Step 1- measure the coverLet’s make cushions for our chairs!

Step One: Choose a size for your cushions. I opted for pillow inserts instead of cutting foam to fit, because I wanted these to be extra padded. Lay your pillow out and decide how much vinyl you will need for each cushion. My pillows were 16″, so I cut 18″ squares for each.

Step 2- pin strings into placeStep Two: Once you have cut your fabric, it’s time to sew it! Lay your two pieces of vinyl so the back sides are facing out, and stitch 3/4 of the way around. I gave my cushions a curved edge because I thought it looked a little softer than a very pointed edge. Once you have made it 3/4 of the way around, position two pieces of your canvas trim 2″ or so from the corner. Use your machine to sew about 12″ in toward the middle from both remaining open corners. Make sure to leave a decent-sized opening in the center of this last edge—that’s where we will be stuffing the pillow!

Step 3- clip the edgesStep Three: If you choose to make your edges curved like mine, now is the time to clip the edges in order to achieve a nice corner once the vinyl is flipped. After you’ve done each corner, flip your vinyl right side out and stuff the pillow inside. Go ahead and close the opening with a blind stitch, and you’re all done!

Here’s what mine turned out to look like:

DIY vinyl chair cushions (click through for tutorial)Use the canvas strings to tie your cushion to the chair! I chose vinyl for my cushions because I knew they would be wipeable and easy to clean!

To make the dining room cozier, I wanted to add in a soft texture. You can never go wrong with pretty (faux) fur in my opinion, so I got to work on creating soft covers for our chairs.

Step 1- measure out your fabric and cutStep One: First, measure your chair and decide how long your cover will need to be. Once you get your numbers (mine was 18″ x 44″), carefully cut your fur. Try to stay as close to the fabric/under the fur as possible. If you just cut this like normal fabric, you will have fur that looks like it just went to the barber—all chopped. Cut your cotton fabric to the same size.

Step 2- layer your fabricStep Two: Now it’s time for pinning! Lay your fur out so the fluffy side is up. Place one piece of canvas trim at the top right corner and one piece at the top left corner. Place one more piece of trim 14″ (more or less depending on the length of your fabric) down from the top on either side. Layer your cotton fabric on top of the fur and trim face down. Pin all the edges, leaving a gap in the bottom right corner.

Step 3- pin edges and sewStep Three: Stitch along the edges, remembering to leave that gap at the bottom corner. Once you’ve made it all the way around, flip your cover right side out. Stitch the gap closed and tie on to your chair!

Removable faux fur chair coversRemovable fur chair covers (click through for tutorial)Removable fur chair covers (click through for DIY)We have kids, so these chair covers work perfectly for our family. I can just remove the seat cover when the wee ones are eating something a little messy and put them back on when they’re done! 

Love the colors and textures in this dining spaceLove this dining space!Faux fur chair covers (click through for tutorial)Our dining room is really starting to feel like a wonderful place to have friends and family over! It’s such a happy, cozier space now!

Stay tuned for a DIY on this beautiful table! I sent Josh a terrible sketch of a table I had in my head, and he whipped up something even better than I could have imagined! Such a talented guy! xo. Katie

Credits // Author: Katie Shelton. Photography: Sarah Rhodes and Katie Shelton. Photos edited with Imogen from the Folk Collection and Celeste from the Fresh Collection. Rug from UnCommon Goods, “eat a rainbow” print/DIY, chandelier/thrifted.

  • Love the faux fur seat covers. In your pic you have a white rug too. Where did you get that rug? What type is it?

  • I must try this. since I have large stock of fabric from the fabric exchange.

  • I’m currently updating my dining room too! I love the fur fabric! Where did you get yours from? Most fur I find isn’t as shaggy.

  • I love the fluffys! So fun and fresh, it makes the room *pop*
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  • I’ve been toying with the idea of making chair covers for ages, suppose I can’t put it off any longer! X

  • Oh Katie,
    so wonderful!
    I love your dining room.

    Greetings & Love
    Ines

    http://eclectichamilton.blogspot.de/

  • i must do this! and since i have the same chairs i already know it will look good lol!

  • where did you find a faux fabric that looks so great and doesn’t shed?

  • I’ve used a leather needle for vinyl in the past, in case you are having trouble.

  • Josh is a busy builder! How on earth does he have energy to work on his own home after work?

    Really beautiful table.

  • I have been DREAMING of having pillows that look like this for ages now (but they’re so expensive to purchase)!!! It’s great to know how to make cushions using this faux fur, so thank you!

    xoxo Sara
    http://www.restlessnomads.com

  • Personally I’m not a faux fur gal, but I love the fabric you chose to use on the backs! Looking forward to seeing the other details! xoxo

  • Katie, I have a similar set of chairs that I’ve been wanting make more comfy and inviting! Where did you buy the beautiful faux fur?

  • These are so fun! And I love how you used different fabric for the linings instead of them being all matchy.

  • Thank you for giving me some ideas of how I can liven up my boring chairs! And I love the print, it’s really cool!

  • Super cute!! I’m looking for chair DIY’s to work with the small dining table I just painted (I used your lace technique and it worked like a charm!) I think the fur might be a little crazy in contrast with the lace pattern, but still great idea… might work when I upgrade to a bigger table.

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  • These look so cute and cosy! I love it! It’ll be perfect for this winter.

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  • Those are fab! My own chairs could do with a little re-vamp. I might take some blogspiration from you 🙂

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  • Thank you! It’s a vintage dress I got a couple years ago. :))

  • Hi, Kassi! It is! You can find a downloadable pdf on my blog today for it!

  • Hi, Michelle! My basic Brother machine went through the vinyl just fine with a regular needle! I’d say if you try it and your machine seems to be having a hard time, switch to a stronger one. This was pretty pliable vinyl I found at JoAnn. 🙂

  • Thanks, Taylor! The dress is a vintage one I snagged a couple years ago. 🙂

  • They look so fluffy and comfortable! I bet anyone who eats at your house rushes to the table at mealtime! 😉

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  • So cute! I’ve been looking for ways to spruce up my boring white dining room chairs, and this might be it if I can find the right fabric.

  • ah perfect! Such an inventive idea. Would love to give it a try in winter – on hot summer days it might be a bit too furry 😉

  • These are so cute! I was just looking at my chairs the other day thinking that they need a spruce up. Something bright and fun like this could be good.

  • love it! i like the uniform look of the topping with the chairs being all white, but the backing throws in some added color!

    can’t wait to see the table DIY!

  • these are gorgeous!
    Question: I’m new to sewing and actually have the same machine as yours, do you use the basic needle for sewing vinyl, or do you need to change the needle to a stronger one?
    Thanks for sharing!

  • I love the faux-fur covers! How fantastic! Also, that dress is adorable! Where is it from?

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • katie these are truly amazing! i love all the attention to detail.
    xx

  • So unusual for a dining room but I actually love it! Especially like the fact you can see the fabric behind the chairs.

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