Chair skirt

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I have painted the chair and recovered the cushions; in my last post I was stumped on how long to make the chair skirt.

Do I let it touch the floor in the front when no one is sitting in it and drag on the floor in the back or do I angle it or let it sit off the floor in the front and just touch the floor in the back?

I decided to do both, it was 7 inches in the back and 12 in the front, so I went with 8 inches. I cut 4- 12 inch strips and sewed them together. End to end to make one very long strip.

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I then surged both long ends and cut the 12 inch strips into 8 1/2 inch lengths.

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and then sewn the surged edge under.

I wanted to cover the staples that I was going to use to attach the skirts so I used the remaining piece I cut from the 12 inch sections to add a second layer.

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I wanted the seam enclosed from view, so I had to sew the short piece with right side and wrong side facing each other; show in the above picture.

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After sewing I ironed the piece and flipped it over and ironed down the seam so it made a clean edge.

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I sewed a half inch seam to insert a 1/4″ width elastic which I made 6 inches short then the circumference of the chair where the skirt would be attached.

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Put small safety pins on both ends of the elastic pinned one side to the opening and inserted the other end and pushed it through. Once I had it out the other end I pinned the elastic to that end so it would not slip back into my hem.

I evened out the fabric on the elastic, sewed the two ends with the elastic together, then I used push pins to attach it to the chair. I adjusted the chair skirt until I like how it looked and stapled it in place (sorry no pictures of this process).

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I shabby chic the chair and made a head cover for the back and used the same fabric on the side inserts. Found this lovely pillow that was an awesome fit to my newly finished swivel rocking chair.

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Now it sits in my booth for someone to enjoy!!

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