USD$ 41.91 (Dropshippers can also enjoy wholesale prices.)
A parsons chair is mainly a dining room chair. This type of chair normally has no arms and is usually completely covered, including a skirt covering for the legs. Parsons chairs are one of the easier types of fabric covering for the beginning upholsterer, since there are only a few straight seams and no difficult pieces to work around, such as arms and wings. Spruce up some parsons chairs you bought secondhand and give them a brand new look.
Measure all the components of the chair to find out how much fabric you need. Measure the length and width of the back and remember to double that measurement to account for both sides of the chair. Measure the width and the depth of the seat. Measure the length from the seat to the floor for the skirt part. Measure all around the chair and add 20 extra inches to allow for the corner pleats. Remember to add 1 extra yard for the piping and extra fabric for the seam allowances while sewing.
Figure the amount of fabric you need, keeping in mind that most upholstery fabric comes in 54-inch widths.
Purchase the necessary amount of fabric. Make sure to purchase extra fabric, especially if you are using a definite one-way pattern, such as stripes, plaids or large florals.
Cut the pieces for the back of the chair. Sew the top and the side seams together.
Slip the fabric cover over top of the back of the chair.
Use an electric knife to cut the foam padding to the size and shape of the seat. Set it on top of the seat.
Cut 2-inch strips from the fabric to make your piping. Sew the strips together until you have enough to go all the way around the seat of the chair.
Lay the fabric strip on a flat surface, face down. Center the piping cord on the strip. Fold the strip in half. Sew down the entire strip as close to the cord as you can to form the piping.
Set the fabric piece for the seat on your work surface. Pin the piping to the right side, matching up the raw edges. Use a sewing machine to sew in place.
Hem the lower portion of the skirt by folding under the raw edges and sewing all the way across.
Pin the skirt to the two sides and front of the seat fabric. Put pleats in the skirt at the two front corners of the seat by folding the fabric inward. Sew in place.
Place the seat cover on the chair. Work around the back of the chair by pinning the skirt to the fabric on the back of the chair. Pull the entire cover off carefully.
Sew around the back of the skirt, then sew the seat fabric to the back fabric.
Place the cover on the chair, pushing the seam between the seat and the back, down into the crease to make it look neat.