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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.


  1. KMDuff says:

    high chair that needs a cover? Check.
    old cover to use as a pattern? Oops, don't have that. Errr…going to be a bit harder to attempt without that!

  2. Buck, Steffanie, and our 3 kids says:

    I love this!!!!!! Where did you get the paisley fabric from??

  3. Jo - To a Pretty Life says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I would love to make this for my highchair before my little guy needs it. The current cover is gross. The bonus is that the new cover would be washable!

  4. Sara says:

    Thanks for this tutorial! I've been wanting to do this but just didn't know how for sure (since our plastic cover is now duck-taped together :)

  5. The Murray Files says:

    Thank you so much. My high chair has been bugging me for weeks,but didn't know what to do. I couldn't find a replacement that cost less than another high chair. Got to get out the sewing machine now. Thanks

  6. Ashley says:

    I'm so sorry….I won't be selling the covers. Every high chair is so different. It would be too hard to come up dozens of patterns to fit all sorts of high chairs. Sorry about that! :) But thanks, I appreciate the interest!


  7. tHe FeLt CrEw says:

    tha is so cute…you dont happen to sell those online do ya??? I have neither the time nor the sewing capabilities to make something so wonderful….but would love to buy one…

  8. Zura says:

    that's like the most wonderful idea and tutorial, ever!! which reminds me my baby's chair needs a new cover too. my only problem is the shape of her chair is different from yours and i'm not confident with reverse engineering it yet…

  9. Hollie says:

    That's pretty much the greatest idea I've seen in a long time. And your fabrics are adorable. It makes me want to make a new cover for mine, but my baby is 3 and doesn't use a highchair anymore. So sad!

  10. Jessica says:

    Brilliant! I absolutely love it! :)

  11. McPherson family says:

    You are such an inspiration to me! Thank you for all of your ideas. I need to do that for my highchair, I was just gonna trash it, but now I think I can save it. By the way, I LOVE your fabric choices!!!!! It is so beautiful!

  12. doug and janice says:

    o my heck so great i wanted to get a new highchair maybe i will have to give this a try even though i,m not really in touch with sewing it cant hurt to try

  13. Krystal says:

    That is so great! Too bad I just chucked my old highchair because I was tired of the yucky pad. Who would have thought I could make a new one…..duh! Very creative and very cute ;)

  14. the cookie cutter says:

    Brilliant, makes me wish I had a high chair to recover! Great blog, thanks for all the great ideas. Nadine x

  15. Lexi says:

    Hi! I got to your blog from my etsy traffic sources! Just wondering how people got to my site from yours!? I love your blog, so glad I came upon it! :)

  16. DarrenLaura.R says:

    Yesterday morning my husband commented on how gross the old high chair seat was getting. We both agreed I needed to do something about that. I had no idea what. Later, I noticed you had posted this.

    Were you listening outside my window?
    Thanks for the help. I don't really know how to sew, yet I always seem to manage your projects. I really appreciate the simplicity of your instructions.

  17. Nancy says:

    What a great idea! As always, thanks for sharing.

  18. Lynette says:

    That's super cute! My mother in law covered a DI high chair for the grandkids. She did it similar to this one, but put a clear plastic on top of the material to make it easier to clean. I love your idea, and the fabric is super cute!

  19. Rebekah says:

    love this!!!!! thanks for sharing!

  20. Erica says:

    I have been trying to figure out the hole for the piece that goes between baby's legs for about six months! Thanks for a great tute!

  21. Stacey says:

    Fantastic!! I love your blog, and just happen to have on old highchair at grandmas that reallly needs a little tlc- now I have the guts to do it!

  22. Sewing-Chick says:

    LOVE IT! I think I'll go tatter mine just so I can make a pretty new cover for it!

  23. Cassie says:

    I love your blog! I am starting to think you are some kind of genius. Seriously, how do you think of these things. You also do a great job picking darling fabrics and putting crazy things together. I love it.

  24. Joanna says:

    That looks great! I'm thinking that this tutorial might work for a carseat I need to recover… Thanks!

  25. Christina says:

    Awesome! And I really like those fabrics together…

  26. Kelley says:

    Brought back 25 year old memories of when my little ones were little. I made "all new" covers for everything they sat in, played with, you name it– from the car to the kitchen. What an adorable cover!

  27. Jared and Bryanne says:

    Gorgeous! I love your blog!

  28. **Erin** says:

    That is awesome! I have that same highchair (just a different pattern) from my older son. It is DEFINITELY in need of a revamp. Thank you!

  29. Whitney says:

    wow! i am impressed. i would LOVE to recover some of the not-so-pretty baby gear around our house. i wish i could sew on this level!

  30. Goings on at the Glenn's says:

    sooo cute!!! I love that fabric too.
    Wouldn't it be great though to make it a wipeable surface? I know I know just more work. But do they have that iron on vinyl stuff that you could fuse to your fabric before cutting the pattern pieces out? I can't find it.

  31. prec says:

    i need to do this a.s.a.p.! thanks for the great instructions!

  32. Sandy White says:

    That is adorable!! Great job!! And I love Lora's idea of using vinyl over it to make it easy to clean.

  33. Holly Llewellyn says:

    Blast…I threw my old cover away with the intentions of buying a new on. The babe just sits on the plastic…why did I throw it away…this is such a cute idea…blast blast blast

  34. Mom's Place says:

    I love it!!! Wish I had one that I could do that with. When I do get ours, I'll have to make up a bunch just to have fit my mood, seasons, ect!

  35. Christy Wheeler says:

    That Looks amazing!!! I can't wait to try it!

  36. Heather says:

    you sure make everything look so easy to sew and figure out. For me it would be so complicated to think through it all. Thanks for posting the directions for all these fun projects. Plus, you use the cutest fabrics!!! Really cute high chair!

  37. Meka says:

    I have that same high chair! I'm going to try that out this week for sure! How fun!! Thank you!!

  38. Lynn from For Love or Funny says:

    Yowza – your recovered high chair is so much prettier! Well done!

  39. Melanie says:

    Ahh, I was just telling my husband last night that I hate our high chair cover and should I try to make a new one. This should make it easier…now to find the perfect fabric.

  40. says:

    Oh My Gosh, You have some talent!

  41. Mango Mom says:

    How Cute! Your stuff is great. I'm not that good at sewing yet but maybe someday I'll attempt.

  42. Rose says:

    Seriously. I need one of these! The blue vinyl on mine is really starting to crack and look gross, but I don't know about tackling a project like that! With my luck I would cut it all apart and then screw up making the new one, and end up with nothing! Love the fabric you used too!

  43. Ashley says:

    Michelle, I got both of those fabrics at Joann's.

    Good luck to everyone else. It's a fun project to tackle!

  44. Michelle says:

    ahhh soo cute! i want to make one! where did you get your brown main fabric? so cute! great tut!

  45. Wallace Family says:

    that's awesome! I've been meaning to make a new high chair cover, but haven't gotten around to it yet. I bought the fabric already, too! oilcloth for easy cleanup. Thanks so much!

  46. Lora says:

    I have the same high chair and just made a new cover for mine as well. I put a layer of vinyl over the top of the fabric on mine so I can just wipe it off after each meal, but yours is really cute! I love the fabrics!

    1. christine says:

      hello. i was wondering if i pay postage would you be able to send me a copy of the pattern for the high chair pls, i dont have an old one to cut a pattern off

    2. Sandy West says:

      If you still have a pattern for the highchair cover, I would like a copy. Thanks

    3. Amanda says:

      Hi, I’m sorry everyone, it turns out making a pattern to share was way harder then I expected so I wasn’t able to make one. The best advice I can give is to use the old one you have the highchair and then use it as a pattern to make your new cover. God luck everyone! =)

  47. greetingarts says:

    Wow! You are totally awesome. Fantastic eye, wonderful seamstress, completely brilliant. I thought your princess papasan chair makeover was the greatest, but I think this tops it! Thanks for sharing.

  48. Cindy says:

    What a great tutorial!!! I've been eyeing an old highchair that needed a new cover and now I can go buy it and make one. Keep up the excellent work.
    Thanks so much,

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