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Date: 3/8/13 7:00 AM

I'm going to make full length dining room covers for 4 chairs. They will be fitted at the back with tailored skirts and a deep pleat at the back leg. Have already purchased 7 yards of a beautiful French script fabric, but I'm worried this may not be enough. Does anyone know how many yards of fabric would be required?

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Date: 3/8/13 8:36 AM

The first thing you need to do is measure one chair, as we here on PR aren't there to see what they look like. The chairs might be high back, midback, or somewhere between. It might even be a good idea to take an old sheet and make a slipcover out of that and measure the amount of fabric you used for the sheet.

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Date: 3/8/13 8:44 AM

I second the idea of making a muslin of the chair cover.
That will not only help determine the amount of fabric needed it will "proof" your design idea.
If it gets tight you can design in some contrast fabrics as necessary.
Post photos of the finished project. I would love to see your success.

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Date: 3/8/13 12:25 PM

Thanks for that quick reply. I will definitely make a muslin from old sheets, having just purchased 3 new sets. Now that I think of it, I seem to recall an excellent article re slip covering dining chairs in an old Threads mag. Good thing I have the archive on disc. Will post a review with pics if I get it done.

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Date: 3/8/13 4:16 PM

Once you've made the muslin slip cover to fit, run a marking pen on the seamlines (right on top of the stitching) all over. Then rip apart, cut on the marked lines and add a seam allowance. This way, you have a muslin "pattern" to use. And I'd suggest making your seam allowances larger than the standard, just in case if the fabric is heavier than your muslin and you need the extra ease.

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Date: 3/10/13 0:40 AM

I expect you will need more. I made seat only covers with a 4" skirt for my dining room chairs. It took 4+ yards of 54" fabric to cover 8 chair seats.

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Date: 3/10/13 11:10 AM

It sort of depends upon the fabric also. How wide is the fabric? If you have a design to match it will take much more fabric. I'm guessing 2 - 2.5 yards a chair.

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Date: 3/12/13 9:30 AM

Thanks everybody for the good ideas. The fabric is 54" and is a French script but definitely has a repeat in it. You may have seen the fabric on the popular program "Revenge" showcased in a wing back chair. The saleswoman tells me it's very popular. Anyway, based, on your latest comments, I think I should purchase an additional 7 yards for total of 14. I'm covering 4 of the chairs with the print and the armchairs with a beige cotton duck. If I end up with too much print, maybe I can use it for a table runner on top of a beige linen table cloth. I'm getting afraid they may run out of stock, since their price seems to be the best around. Just might place that order today. I'm pretty sure it will be really attractive, as I saw the idea in a magazine. Thanks so much for all your suggestions.

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