Sunday, October 3, 2010

Foam Chair Slipcover

My daughter had this old Elmo chair and it was starting to look a little was pretty disgusting:) She had worn it way out! Plus, she is slowly moving on from Elmo these days so that meant a chair makeover!


1yd of fleece

(mine was a remnant and I used every bit of you may need more for a larger chair)

snuggle flannel (for the "S" applique)

matching thread

First I started by taking the slipcover off and cutting the pieces apart on the seams and I laid them out so I could remember what pieces went where.

Then I used those pieces as patterns to cut out my fleece. I cut out my pieces about 3/4" larger all the way around. The cover ended up being a little more loose than I I could have cut the pieces smaller.

Next I made an "S" applique for the front back piece of the chair. You can read more on making an applique here. I ironed it and sewed it to the right side of my top panel.

Finally, I just started piecing the chair back together the way I took it apart.

I found it easiest to keep placing it on the foam chair shape so I could figure out how the pieces fit back together.

I cheated at the end and just hot glued it to the bottom of the foam. I was going to put elastic in the bottom so it would be a stretch slip cover...but after this cover gets worn down...I think it's just time to get rid of the chair:)

I also added a little satin bow to the "S". I hot glued it on.

I love that her favorite chair has a new clean cover...and fits better into the decor of our living room and I also made it to match her room:)

I thought she might get sad when she woke up and saw that Elmo had been removed...but she didn't even say anything. She was so excited to have a chair with her initial on it!


fleece remnant: $2.50

snuggle flannel: $1.00

Total: $3.50

I'm linked to:

Someday Crafts

Tea Rose Home


  1. Oooh! This might be one of my favorite projects you have done yet! ADORABLE!

  2. this is ADORABLE!!! and what a great way to reuse! I would never have thought of this!

  3. I love this! As much as my little girl enjoys Elmo, I try to decorate her room (shared with her brother) in a non-cartoony fashion. I wish I could do this to her Dora chair, but it was a present!

  4. very cute!!! The fleece will be so cuddly for her to snuggle up in! Way to go Momma! :)

  5. I'm a new follower, feel free to return the favor :) Love love anything with an initial on it! What a fab idea!

  6. This idea is great! Im posting your link on my Tutorial Blog today.

  7. Great idea to cover up those hidious foam chairs. We have an Elmo one floating around to. Yours came out super cute.

  8. wow! That's way better than elmo any day!

  9. What a great idea! My daughter got a free hand-me-down Dora chair and I'm not at all keen on how it looks. This would be *so* much cuter!

  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! Totally not a fan of the "theme" chairs available but my kids would love their own little seats! THanks so much for sharing your idea! :)

  11. This is so cute. I am kind of mad we just gave one of these chairs away. Dang it!

  12. Hi, I'm your newest follower! I absolutly love the chair cover you created. My son had a thomas the train chair just like this. I wish I would've seen your tutorial before I threw it in the garbage because it got so dirty. You did an awesome job!

  13. I found one of these I'm going to recover for my little Maltese dog..I was trying to find a pattern for the cover when I found your post and read to use old cover for pattern. .duh! On grandma taught me a doggie print fleece



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