Project Funky Frank Chair Cover

By Debbie Cleek

Skill Level: Beginner  

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This fun Halloween chair cover would be great to use on your dining chairs to add a spooky touch to your home decor! Reverse them and use them on porch to greet little trick or treaters. Download printable instructions for other scary Halloween chair covers.

Materials:

  • 1/2 Yard green fabric
  • 1/4 Yard black fabric (for Frank’s hair and nose)
  • Steam-a-Seam 2 (double stick fusible)
  • 2-1”- 1 1/4” Buttons
  • 2-1/2”- 5/8” Buttons
  • 3 yards 7/8” Gross grain ribbon
  • 1/3 yard Extra large rick-rack
  • Marking pen or Sharpie®
  • Air Erasable Fabric Marker Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Small Scissors
  • All-purpose sewing thread to match fabric
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Hand sewing needle

Tools:

  • Baby Lock Sewing Machine

Steps:

  1. Using the selvage as a guide, trim the fabric for each chair back so the edges are clean and straight.

    1. Cut off the selvages and cut the length down to 36”. The finished size should be approximately 17” x 36”. The ruler and rotary cutter work great for this.

  2. Trim one of the ends so it is curved at the bottom.

  3. Fold the bottom edge under 1/4” and press. Fold under another 1/4” to edge finish the bottom.

  4. Set the machine up for straight stitch sewing, using matching thread in the needle and bobbin

    1. Stitch along the bottom, close to the top of the folded edge. Repeat these steps to edge finish the remaining sides of the chair back.

  5. Following the manufacturers’ instructions, press a 6” x 24” piece of Steam-a-Seam 2 onto the section of black fabric.

    1. Do not remove the paper backing. To make it easier to work with, cut this from the rest of the black fabric.

  6. To make Frank’s hair, measure the width of the chair cover

    1. On the paper side of the black fabric, draw a random zig-zag pattern along the bottom edge of the 6” x 24” piece of fabric the width of the chair cover.

    2. Draw a triangle to use for the nose from the remainder of the black fabric.

  7. From the extra large rick-rack, cut a 10” piece of rick-rack for Frank.

  8. Fold the chair cover in half like it would be on your chair.

    1. Place the hair and nose where you would like them and press in place. Pin the rick-rack mouth below the nose.

  9. Thread your machine with contrasting thread in the needle. Top stitch the hair and nose in place 1/8” from the raw edge.

  10. Change the machine to a zigzag stitch with a stitch length and width set at 3.5mm. Stitch through the center of the rickrack mouth.

  11. Layer a small button on top of the larger button and sew on to the chair cover making the eyes.

  12. Cut four pieces of ribbon, 24” each.

    1. Fold the chair cover in half again, like it would be on your chair. Fold under 1/2” on one end of each of the ribbons. Pin a ribbon to each side on the front and back.

  13. Set up the machine for straight stitch sewing with matching thread in the needle and the bobbin.

    1. Attach the ribbons to the chair back sewing 1/4” from the fold.

  14. Press these with light starch so they have a little body, tie them onto your chairs and get started on those costumes!

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