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Friday, November 4, 2011

.:Feature Friday - Sweet C's Designs:.

Before we get to my amazing feature today, just wanted to let you all know that I'm guest posting over at A Glimpse Inside today with a fun Christmas project! Fun, simple, and functional - my kinda project!

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Now on to my wonderful feature for today. I am loving this idea!


Hi Sumo's Sweet Stuff readers! I am so excited to be here with you today. My name is Courtney, and I am the mommy behind Sweet C's Designs. I am so excited to be sharing a fun, functional (and quick!) craft with you that will make your table shine during all of your upcoming festivities!



With the Holiday season steadily approaching, I have been busy finding simple ways to decorate our house and be more welcoming to our visitors. I try to keep our table pretty simple- I have a long farmhouse style table, which becomes quickly covered in tasty treats we pass around- but dressing up the dining room is always one of my favorite things to do for holiday dinners.

Today I am going to show you a really fun, easy and inexpensive way to dress up your dining room with my Ruffled Burlap Chair Covers! They only take a few minutes (and burlap is relatively inexpensive), but they look fabulous! I even added some chalkcloth to the covers so they can double as place cards, menu displays, or anything you can come up with!
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For these adorable covers, you will need:

*Burlap (measure the height and width of the back of your chair to cut the burlap. Allow for 2-4 extra inches to allow for any curve the chair might have).

*4" Burlap Bias Tape, cut to double the width of your chair backing

*A Chalkcloth shape- I used a square, but you could cut a snowflake, cornucopia, turkey, Christmas tree... (you can find chalk cloth in the utility fabric section of your fabric store)

*Chalk pen (if you can't find in your craft store, they are under $7 on Etsy)

First, cut out all of your materials. I like to cut the chair backings with the burlap folded once as it comes off the bolt- that way I don't have to sew the top!

To make the burlap bias tape pleats, I simply folded over sections of the tape and sewed them down with a simple straight stitch as I went.

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I didn't pay too much attention to measuring the spacing as I was going for a rustic look- but if you'd like perfectly spaced pleats, you can measure the tape and pin the pleats down before you start sewing. I also find it helpful to give the tape a quick iron once the pins are in place to help retain the shape while sewing.

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Next, I placed everything on the unsewn backing to determine where I was going to place the ruffle and chalk square. Chalkcloth punctures easily- and unlike other cloths, it will retain pin marks. I used masking tape to place the chalk cloth where I wanted it to go. You can go ahead and pin the ruffled bias tape, however.

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Sew the chalk cloth and ruffle onto the outside of the burlap (be sure to unfold the burlap, so that you are only sewing them onto one side of material). I used a simple zigzag stitch on the chalk square- but if your machine does any kind of decorative stitching, this is a great time to use it! I would just reccommend going a little more slowly on the chalkcloth. It is easy to work with, but because it will retain any holes you make, you don't want to have to re-do any of your stitching here.

To sew the ruffle on, a simple straight stitch down the middle works wonderfully! Just be sure to leave a little overhang on each side.

Next, turn the fabric inside out (right sides facing in).

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Starting at a top corner, sew down the sides to hem your chair cover! Straight stitch up the other side, turn right-side out, and you're done!

I love the rustic elegance these chair covers give. I actually ended up making them for our kitchen island chairs to dress them up a bit as well! Next, I need to make some coordinating burlap and chalk cloth placemats!

*Note- burlap is a natural material, and can leave fibers on clothing. If you are throwing a formal event, or people will be wearing really nice clothing/suits, you might want to use linen or even muslin instead of burlap- or provide lint rollers!

You can find me at www.sweetcsdesigns.com, on facebook, twitter, Etsy, and Pinterest !

3 comments:

  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [05 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  2. Love your diy burlap chair cover! I have to admit that overall I'm really impressed with what you did here! I will visit your blog to see more updated projects from you! Well done!

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