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Recovered High Chair

Do you have a high chair with an old tattered cover?

Over maybe you’re just tired of it?

Yeah, me too. And I wanted to hurry and get this re-covered before moving.

So here’s our new kitchen piece.

Not such an eye sore anymore.

Ahhhh, check.
Pre-moving project……….done.

Here’s what the little beauty looked like before. Yeah, she needed a good wash too.

But first, I cut where the main seam was so that I could use the pieces as a pattern.

Then I folded the main section in half lengthwise, along my folded new fabric…

…and cut around it to get my new piece. (You don’t have to add anything for a seam allowance since we will be using bias tape and won’t be taking anything off the dimension. I did, however, add about a 1/4 inch to allow for shrinking when you add the batting to the back.)

Then I cut the top shape.

Next, I placed a pin at the center of both curves, where they will be sewn together. (If you click on the picture, you’ll see the pins.)

Then I added some piping (optional) to the top piece of fabric, with the piping facing away from the raw edge.

Then I pinned all 3 layers together, pinning very carefully around the curves.

I used my zipper foot to sew all 3 layers together and not run over the piping.

Then I laid the original cover over my new one to mark the hole for the highchair to poke through. (But cut the hole smaller to allow for a seam allowance.)

Then I cut a piece of quilted batting (quilt backing?…..I’m not sure of the real name) the same size as my main piece. Make sure to cut the hole out too.

Then I placed the batting and fabric together with right sides together, and pinned along the edges.

Then I sewed around the opening…..and then cut diagonal lines towards the corners. This will help it lay flat after you turn it right side out.

Turn right side out. (You’ll have to shove the fabric through the hole to get it out to its right side.) Then lay completely flat, and sew close to the edge.

Then cut a strip of fabric that is the same shape as the top of the cover, but more narrow. This will serve as the flap to slide over the top of the actual highchair. (And if you’re wondering about that brown seam along my batting, I had to piece 2 pieces of it together from my scraps…don’t let that confuse you.)

Now sew some wide double fold bias tape along the bottom of this flap, and then pin to the upper edge of the cover.

And then sew bias tape around the entire cover, making sure to include all of the edges of the back flap and its ends. Also, sew very slowly around all of the curves….they can be tricky with the bias tape.

My cover had elastic that attaches to the actual high chair, to keep it in place. SO I added that to the underneath side.

**And I forgot to take a picture, but I made seams along the folds of the cover. So wherever the cover would be fold while sitting in the high chair, I made a seam so that it would fit nicely in the seat. Just look at your old cover, and match the old seams.**

Now place in your high chair….and you’re done.

Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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