Is it a chair?

Is it a slipcover?

Is it a chair covered by a slipcover that had big dreams of one day becoming more than just a piece of fabric and transformed itself into a chair?


I feel like there is a life lesson in here somewhere about reaching for the stars and being the best you that you could possibly ever be.

Even if you start out life as a textile. 🙂

PicMonkey Collage-Faux Chair-Slipcover

Faux Chair Slipcover


chair cover

2 yards of fabric

double-sided fusible web


iron and ironing board


Step 1:  Purchase slipcover

I bought slipcovers in a heavy cotton duck fabric to support the applique’.

Make sure whichever style you choose does not have a back enclosure because you will need to iron-on your chair outline to the back of the slipcover.


Step 2:  Design your template

Draw a chair template onto a standard sheet of white paper.

You will need a chair top.

And a chair bottom.

Or….this website has a selection of pre-drawn templates to choose from.

Step 3:  Enlarge your templates

I took these templates to a copy store and had them enlarged to 27″ x 27″.

You will need to cut out 3 chair bottoms, a chair top, a chair top/bottom combination and a chair seat… make several copies to make sure you have enough patterns.


Step 4:  Cut out design from material

Pin template pattern to material and cut out 3 chair bottoms and one chair top and a chair seat.

Then cut out one large top/bottom combination for the back.


Step 5:  Cut out double stick fusible webbing

Follow directions on the package.

Cut out fusible webbing and iron on the back of the material.

This webbing only comes in 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets, so you will need to piece it together to completely cover the material cut-outs.

Then iron the cut-out of chair to the slipcover.

Faux-Chair-Slipcover - Copy

If you are reading this… probably already guessed that this was my entry into the “Creating With the Stars” contest.

Thank you so much for voting and supporting and being generally wonderful about the contest…..but it didn’t win.

Actually, it came in last place.


But there is always a silver lining I got to create fun easy project that only took an afternoon.

Perfect for a Real Housewives of Beverly Hills marathon.

And now all my other chairs have something to talk about. 🙂

Have a blessed and glorious day.

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  1. Image for Pam Clark Pam Clark

    I KNEW this one had to be your project, therefore I voted it number 1. So sorry you didn't win. It is a charming project.

  2. Image for Dolly B. Dolly B.

    I voted for this one because I thought it was yous AND it was my favorite! I'm sorry you didn't win, it's a beautiful project and I love your bird plates too.

  3. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    How could that not have won?!!...So very over the top creative Kari!!...Oh I can see the wheels turning in your head with more possibilities with that chair cover!!...

  4. Image for Laura Laura

    Well, obviously some people have no taste :) I love this project. Sometimes I feel just like a faux chair waiting to be a real chair, but then someone comes and sits on me and I decide I'd rather be a fly on the wall. Much more fun. Hugs, Laura

  5. Image for Beverly Beverly

    What!!!!! You didn't win?????? That just cannot be - because this was so the very best entry. I mean really, nothing else even came close. I love this.♥♥♥ Did the voting take place in Florida? Could there be a hanging chad issue? Is this the year 2000? I like winning. I'm going to hide in my closet and suck my thumb. You will know where to find me. We can discuss silver linings tomorrow. Just call me Scarlett.

  6. Image for Gloria Gloria

    Dang it! I even block voted. The Thistlewood faithful knew this was yours via the hints in the photo. That cover has lots of stylin' going on. BTW gave hubby the instructions for the clock. My baby girl needs one for her screened porch. Wish you could have seen his face.... You want me to do what?

  7. Image for Gina Gina

    Again I voted for your project, not knowing it was yours! I was bummed when I saw the results, I love your style! Chin up, you are a rock star!

  8. Image for Colleen Colleen

    I knew this one was yours! I can't believe it didn't win!!! I love this project! Keep 'em coming. You are still #1 with your readers! Have a great one!

  9. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Oh, that cannot be...your chair should have was the best! It was like the little chair that could. Or, better yet, it was a Cinderella story for chairs! So sorry...sigh....I'd demand a recount! ;)

  10. Image for Christy Christy

    That may just be the cutest and most creative thing I've ever seen! Seriously, it makes me want to come sit down! So stinkin' cute!

  11. Image for Suzi Suzi

    Oh, well...some people just don't recognize genius :-) personally, I love this idea as I am all about chairs, chair forms, chair slipcovers....I have been having a love affair with chairs since the whole decorating thing started. My first love was a worn out wicker chair in an antique barn that my mama bought for me. I think I was 10 years old. We should reach for the stars...we are "His" textiles, He is the weaver weaving in good and bad, successes and failures, loving and losing into the humble fabric of our lives until the image of His grace becomes evident. The old story of how the piece looks all tangled, ragged and knotted from the bottom but then turned right side up reveals the beautiful picture that makes perfect sense is still true. So cute...this wanna be chair.

  12. Image for Kathy Kathy

    Aha! I thought this one was your project! I voted for you too. Sorry you didn't win. It is an adorable slipcover and I also love the plates on the wall.

  13. Image for AnnaM AnnaM

    I totally knew this was your project, and I just plain loved it. I voted for you and can't believe you didn't win!!! You are my #1 decorating choice always. Love everything you do. By the way, those plates make me happy.

  14. Image for Jill Flory Jill Flory

    So cute Kari! I guessed it was yours - I could tell from the photos - and I voted for ya! And I know how you feel about not winning. I entered my monogrammed pillow in a sewing competition and it didn't win. But I have no time for the other projects that would have needed to be made if I'd won round one. So it's all good :)

  15. Image for bj bj

    This is so adorable, I can't even begin to imagine why it didn't win. You do have the cutest ideas....:)) and, how is your sis doing.?

  16. Image for Mary@athomeonthebay Mary@athomeonthebay

    KariAnne, this is such an adorable way to dress up a folding chair. Congratulations on making it into the top 12 and winning the first round. You are an inspiration and a Rock Star Winner in my book. xo

  17. Image for martha martha

    I am disappointed! I wasn't 100% sure that this was yours, only 95%, but I loved it and voted for it. Loved the bird plates too. I have not gone over to see who did win yet , they were all good , but some were not very original. Yours was fresh, fun and something I haven't seen all over the place.

  18. Image for Andrea at Opulent Cottage Andrea at Opulent Cottage

    I'm shocked -- honestly and truly, this to me was the best, most creative and most clever project! I had to struggle to pick two others to vote along with it (both times). Oh well Karianne you are always a star in our eyes! Pinterest will be smokin' later today because of your chair :) I love your crazy, creative projects and I hope you keep 'em coming!! xoxo, Andrea

  19. Image for Nana Diana Nana Diana

    I can't believe this wasn't a hands down winner. Well, whether it won or not YOU are a winner here in all of our eyes. It was a perfect project and you did a wonderful job on it- xo Diana

  20. Image for Linda Adams Linda Adams

    Karianne, I knew this was your work and I voted for you and it should not have come in last place. It is so creative! Great job on sharing the project with your tutorial. Joyous Wishes, Linda

  21. Image for Cheryl M. Cheryl M.

    I voted for you - sorry you didn't win. I do love the bird plates! Have you done a post on them yet - how about that "You are my sunshine" cube??? Love everything in the picture!

  22. Image for Regina Regina

    Such a cute project!! I can't believe you didn't win! Well, if WE were in charge, you would be number one EVERY DAY - as you ARE! :) Have a great day and enjoy the SUNSHINE!!!

  23. Image for Barb @ The Everyday Home Barb @ The Everyday Home

    Oh man, I'm sorry. I apologize I didn't vote, but I didn't vote on any of them. I missed this round of voting. But last? No way. Those other projects must have been Project Olympic Gold status. No worries - look at the awesome chair you have and those plates are wayyyyy cool. xxoo

  24. Image for lisa hains lisa hains

    Hello Karianne!! I'm sad that your project didn't win-----BUT----- as you've noticed from your subscribers' comments--- we think--and we know--that YOU are a winner!!! That's why we're here--that's why we are reading YOUR blog--enjoying your creativity and charm and warmth--grateful for the hours you put into this blog--because WE--LOVE--IT!!! And you make our world a better, prettier, happier place!! THANK YOU Karianne!! Hugs! Lisa Hains p.s. I voted for your sweet project--I guessed it was yours--since it smacked of sophisticated prettiness and personality!

  25. Image for chrissi chrissi

    i loved that chair slipcover and i still do. i would never make it (diy challenged), but i would buy it and i would lust over it if we were neighbors and i was visiting for coffee.

  26. Image for Diane Diane

    I loved it and voted for it also, I was sure this was yours too (unlike the last time). You did a great job and had some fun, sorry you didn't win though. ~Diane

  27. Image for Pinky Pinky

    I can't believe this!!! Demand a recount, seriously!!! Did they count all of our votes/???? Well, obviously they didn't see REAL talent staring them in the face:(:( XO, Pinky

  28. Image for Jessica Jessica

    Wow, Karianne, I'm totally impressed by what fabulous readers you have! They obviously believe in you BIG time....what a truly nice thing to see. You are SUPER talented and we were honored that you (a Rock Star :) even entered our little contest. Thank you AGAIN! Jess

  29. Image for Traci Traci

    This is such a cute idea! The poka-dot material is a fabulous choice and really makes the "chair" pop. Thanks for sharing Traci

  30. Image for Kelly @ View Along the Way Kelly @ View Along the Way

    Well I think she is a beauty! Have you ever seen those shirts that people wear to the beach that have a picture of a hot body on them but you know underneath that shirt, things look... a little different? This reminds me of those, but done in a pretty, tasteful way, and on a chair. :) (Found a pic! These things: hahaha.) But seriously, I am in love with your chair.

  31. Image for Patty Patty

    Well I voted for your project, it is amazingly creative! You lost to some very tough projects, all were awesome. Buy I thought the chair silhouette took patience, thought and was outside of the box! All things you shine in! So you just shine-on Karianne! Shine-on! Patty/BC

  32. Image for Carolynn @ Chenille Cottage Carolynn @ Chenille Cottage

    I love your darling slipcover! It reminds me of the tale of Goldilocks and The Three Bears. Your choice of black and white polka dots is perfect. I t loos so sweet and full of whimsy. Thank you for sharing, my friend. Smiles, Carolynn xo

  33. Image for andrea cammarata andrea cammarata

    This was so awesome...imaginative...adorable and simply FABULOUS and for those that did not see it that way...I suggest going to the Opthamologist : ) This creations is awesome...and I simply LOVE IT!!! It's FRESH and FUN just like it's creator! Sending you!

  34. Image for Yvonne @ StoneGable Yvonne @ StoneGable

    What a darling way to make a chair the best it can be! LOVE your black and white vignette! Last, really? I can't believe it! I love your attitude about the whole thing! You are a winner in my book KariAnne!

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