I bought the boys’ high chair at a garage sale for $12 (Here’s a similar newer version). It works extremely well for us, but I don’t care for the style. So I decided to make a new DIY high chair cover. The materials for the cover cost me about $5, so all in all, not a bad deal.
So here’s how I made my DIY High Chair Cover:
1. I took off the old cover, laid it down on the new fabric, and cut around it. Using a rotary cutter and rotary cutting mat really make this project much easier.
2. I took some more fabric, laid the outline of the high chair cover on top of it, and cut out the back part of the chair cover
3. I decided that I wanted the back of the high chair cover to have a pocket where I could keep a few toys, so I took some more fabric, laid the outline of the high chair cover on top of it, and cut out the pocket.
4. In order to have a finished edge I pinned the edge under and sewed a straight stitch across.
5. Next I pinned the pocket to the back portion of the high chair cover and then sewed around the edges, leaving the pocket open
6. For the back of my chair cover, I used a nice thick fleece, so I laid the front piece of fabric right side down on the fleece and cut around the edges.
7. So I put the front piece aside and I cut out a backing for the back piece (the one with the pocket). I laid the piece with the pocket right side down on the fleece and sewed the two together, leaving a small opening so that I could turn it inside out.
8. I turned it inside out, then top stitched around the edges, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
9. Then I put everything together. The bottom layer of fleece, the back part (with the pocket) in the middle, and the front piece, front side down. I pinned all of these together and sewed around the edges, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
10. I left a small opening at the bottom of the high chair cover so that I could turn it inside out. After turning the cover inside out I closed the gap at the bottom by top stitching across it. I then put the cover on the high chair. I was unhappy with the sides, so I sewed the sides of the cover a little bit more to keep it from sliding to the side and to make it look a little more finished.
These are not the most clear directions, and I apologize for that, but I thought that as convoluted as they may be, they might be of service to someone trying to make a DIY high chair cover.
Obviously you could make a cover for a high chair and go about it in a completely different and probably even better way, but this is just how I chose to tackle this challenge. It’s not perfect, and I may do a little adjusting to it still, but I really like it and I hope you do too.
Monday 9th of March 2015
How much fabric did it take?
Monday 9th of March 2015
One yard of printed fabric for the front and one yard of softer white fabric for the back.