How to Make a Chair Slipcover ~ Part 2 and an Update…

Okay, so what looks so easy to do ~
all those lovely dropcloth chairs you see
on Pinterest all lovely and stenciled
and looking like original
grain sacks…

After printing the wording in Microsoft Word, then the fun with cutting the stencil began.

There is a huge reason WHY you pay
a small fortune for those stencils
and for chair slipcovers with stencils
already on them.
They are really hard to hand cut!

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

I love the dropcloth slipcovers I have seen
with stencils you can buy premade from
Maison de Stencils
but I was thinking to myself
that I want something original…
Blithely I thought, “I can make my own.”
I’m a DIYer and designer so…
why not??

Part 2 ~ Chair Slipcovers’ Stenciling

Gather all your supplies:
stencil pouncing brush
painter’s tape
paint that will work on pre-washed
and dried fabric
precut stencils with words,
numbers, and pictures.
{unless you’re crazy like me to make your own!}

Begin by figuring out how large your piece of fabric
needs to be for each chair back, and it’s layout
with words and other stencils on your fabric.

Find the vertical centers of the top and bottom
of your fabric and dry iron a light guideline into it.

Tape off lines to paint with painter’s tape then with
your stencil brush pounce paint down the open lines.  
Be careful with the paint as it’s easy to accidentally
get paint on the fabric where you don’t want it.
{ask me HOW I know this…}

I decided on an Anita’s Deep Denim blue (308066)
and Black (11002) and used a little of the black
mixed into the blue to get an even deeper blue.

Traditional grain sacks had blue, black, 
red, green or brown writing on them.  
Choose whichever colors you like 
for your project.
Pink for a young girl’s birthday party
would be awfully fun!!!

Let dry overnight per some sites I read, 
or until dry to the touch.
I was able to sew my fabric late in the day
after about six hours after the lines were
pounced with paint.
I really used a light amount of paint with each
application, but I went over each section
a few times to deepen the color with paint.

Here you can see I was still deciding whether I wanted the year in the middle or underneath.

Adding the Stencils and Transfers

Mostly why I didn’t get these slips done earlier
in the week was because I was creating the wording
in Microsoft Word
{these are 120 point German font}
and then I found a bee and wreath I liked
on the internet and copied it to my computer.

Hubby helped me move the picture into
Photoshop where I was able to add the 2014
***which MUST BE MIRROR IMAGED to print correctly
when ironed on fabric.***
into the space just inside the mouth
of the wreath.
This was printed onto transfer paper.

Iron on any fabric transfers using a dry iron
{remove all water from the iron first by dumping out.}
according to manufacturer’s instructions.

That’s it for today because I’m still deciding on
how I want the chair backs to look on their backs.
This is my original design but I’m not sure
if it will work with these chairs as
they have oval insets…

To see more, check out Part 1.

So… I’ll noodle this and play around with
chair tops a little more.

To see more dropcloth ideas, please 
check out my friend
Debra Pashowsky’s blog ~ Shoppe No. 5
of which an older post of mine
Sofa Slipcovers
was graciously included!

Next time I should have the reveal and
I’ll tell you what is written on each chair’s front.

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Happy Sewing,

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