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Santa Hat Chair Covers (a serious Bah-Humbug repellent!!)

 Today’s project is a little nuts-o.  A totally unnecessary, non-functional, can only be used a few-weeks-out-of-the-year, type of project.  But don’t you dare Bah-Humbug this.  Because every time to take one little step into the kitchen (or dining room)…… won’t be able to stop that smile from spreading across your face.   And you may find yourself humming ‘jingle bells‘ or ‘rudolph‘ as you clean up after meals. 


You’re welcome! ;)





And really, sometimes I only make these sorts of things, so that I can see the grins on these little faces.  I’m a sucker for memories.  And traditions.  And maybe someday overhearing them as adults say, “remember those crazy Santa Hat Chair Covers mom made for us so many years ago??”.  Ha… it!




These little babies are made from felt (which is on sale right now for $2.50/yd right now at Joann’s)…….so they hold their shape really well.  And sewing is minimal since hemming is not needed.  Truly, a pretty quick little project.




And because they’re polyester felt, they’re washable.  Remember how I have 3 little kids?!!  (However, I won’t dry them.)




Oh how I wish I would have recorded their little jabbering and squealing when they came downstairs for breakfast this morning, and saw that Santa had exploded all over our kitchen nook area.  Oh the memories!





But just remember, their only real purpose is for holiday cheer.  Lots of BRIGHT RED holiday cheer. 




Nothing wrong with that! :)



Want to whip up a few for your home?


First of all, I mentioned above that I purchased my red polyester felt on sale at Joann’s, for $2.50 a yard.  I bought 4 yards of the red and 1 yard of the white.  However, the amount you need, depends on the size of your chairs. 


To begin, measure your chair.  You need to know how wide it is (at it’s widest) and then how tall the back section is.  I didn’t want my cover to reach all the way down to the seat……in case someone sat in the chair and pulled the chair cover down a bit and then sat on the cover. I was worried that would stretch it out all wonky.  So mine reach down to about 2 inches above the seat section of the chair.


So, I needed the main rectangle shape of my covers to be about 19 inches wide and 18 inches tall when it was done.   But then, I needed the top edge to have a triangle shape (for the santa hat look), which I decided to make about 10 inches tall………..from the top point, down to where the main rectangle shape begins.  Then, I cut out 2 of these shapes, but added a 1/2 inch on all sides (except for the bottom).  Then I placed them together (with right sides together if you have a fabric with a “right” side) and sewed along all of the edges except for the bottom, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.


Then I trimmed off the 3 points (read more about clipping corners and curves here)…



…then turned it right side out and ironed (not too hot) flat. 



Then, I sewed a straight line across the top of the chair cover, right where the triangle shape and the rectangle shape meet.  This will keep the chair cover in place and will stop the cover from sliding down the chair.


Then, I cut a 2.5 inch wide piece of white felt that is the same width ad the bottom of the chair cover, plus a 1/2 inch at each end, for the seam allowance.



Then, I sewed the two ends together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance then turned it right side out and slipped it on around the bottom edge of the seat cover.  (Place the side seam of the white strip right on top of one of the side seams of the seat cover.)



Then, I matched up the two bottom edges of the white strip and the seat cover and sewed the two layers together, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  I sewed another seam along the top edge of the white strip as well.



Then, I cut long strips of the white felt, about a 1/3 inch wide.  Then I cut those long strips up into about 4 inch long pieces.  And I used about 45-50 little strips per pom-pom.  (But don’t worry, cutting up those strips goes fast.  Don’t worry about making them perfect and don’t actually measure each one.  Just eyeball it and start cutting strips.  The measurements are just a guide.)  I also grabbed my upholstery thread to use…..because it’s tougher.  And won’t break as easily when I’m pulling on it.



I wrapped a long piece of the upholstery thread around the middle of my felt strips and pulled tight.  Then wrapped a few more times and knotted it several times.  Then, I fluffed up the pieces and it turned into more of a pom-pom shape.



Now, you can either hand-stitch each pom-pom to the tip of each hat…….or you can hot glue it like me.  I weeded through the felt strips until I was more at the center of the pom-pom and then put a nice sized blob of hot glue in there.  Then I forced the tip deep in there and held for a few seconds.  They are on there nice and tight.


And that’s it.  Your little Santa Hat Seat Covers are ready to be loved!! :)








Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
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 my 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!
Santa hat chair covers (a serious bah-humbug repellent!!)
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  3. Carol says:

    Love them x

  4. Anonymous says:

    I dont sew at ALL! Can I do this with a glue gun?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank u sooooo…….much its great

  6. Diane says:

    Sooooo cute – and easy to make – great tutorial!! I’m going to scale down and make for my granddaughter’s chairs that go with her play table.

  7. Deborah says:

    I bought four of these for a dollar each at dollar tree.

  8. Sandra says:

    Beautiful work, I’m going to do for Christmas. Thank you so much and Merry Christmas for you

  9. Luanne Pang says:

    Thank you for this inspiration!
    I just finished mine this weekend

  10. Sharon S says:

    Love them! I’m onto it right now – off to the sewing room!

  11. Amy T says:

    I was going to purchase Santa chair hats just like these, and I am so glad that I didn’t. Thank you for the DIY, now I know I can make these myself.

  12. Silvia Maria says:

    Hi Ashley thanks for yours tutorial , I’ll do too, good week
    brazilian hugs.

  13. Gail says:

    Hi thanks for this idea just bought some velvet as I couldn’t get felt bought some green to make elf hats too and big bells gonna put a red stripe on the bottom

  14. Diane says:

    Brilliant idea and easy to sew and I read in others’ comments about ideas along the same lines. I must give these a shot. Thanks heaps x

  15. Jean says:

    Just made one and it is really easy and adorable . Five more to go.

  16. Normalinda says:

    Excelente, bendiciones

  17. Maggie says:

    How gorgeous, I only just found your blog and this post, but they will definitely be on my list of things to make for next Christmas. Thanks :)

  18. Shenoah Taylor says:

    My local fabric shop did not have red felt so I made them with blingy gold material and used red ribbon for the bottom strip and red and gold tinsel for the pom poms. We had an early Christmas Gathering at the weekend and they were much admired. I have brought one into work for the back of my chair for a bit of Christmas Cheer.

    Many thanks for your easy to follow instructions, I have not had the sewing machine out for years but these just had to be made.

  19. Allison says:

    As I frantically try to finish my Christmas knitting I am completely distracted by the Santa Hat chair covers. I MUST make them for my MIL who is hosting Christmas dinner (I’m working :( ). If I get the felt in time I’m going to sneak into her house Santa style (with my key of course) and set out the Santa Hats on the dining room chairs and when she gets home from work I bet that she gets just as much fun out of them as your kiddos! For all those young and young at heart. Thanks so much for sharing and Merry Christmas to all.

  20. stephanie decker says:

    This made me smile :)
    Looks very festive and cheery!

  21. Monica says:

    Great idea! I read the comment about the bench and thought maybe there is a way to make a bench cover (an awful comparison but like the toilet lid cover). Make it look like Santa belt… Red with a Black strip down and a gold buckle? Elastic around the edges to catch under?

    Thanks for all you do and share!!

  22. Susan @ Oh My! Creative says:

    Awesome…I pinned this and shared on facebook! Love the idea!

  23. marlei Buzatto says:

    I loved

  24. Krystal Hernandez says:

    I sewed up my eight seat covers this weekend! And couldn’t be more proud!!!! Thanks for this wonderful and easy to follow tutorial! I love visiting your blog daily for more tips and DIYs! :D

  25. Razia says:

    what a wonderful idea and so so cute!!!

  26. Caddie says:

    Oh that is SO beautiful I love it!!

  27. Emily says:

    SO cute and festive. We won’t be at home during the season this year, but I’m pinning this for sure to do next year.

  28. Pat says:

    Amazing, so cute

  29. Cláudia Gomes says:

    I love it! Very good idea!

  30. Leigh Ann says:

    This is great! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  31. Chara says:

    I’m kinda new to the sewing world and I see you have square top chairs. Would I need to change much to make these for round top chairs. Should I sew a piece of cardboard or something in to make the corners stiff enough to stay up with round backs? I just don’t want the corners to flop in on themselves. Thanks!

  32. Jenni says:

    Love these!! Super cute. And I can’t help but notice, it that the IKEA Ingatorp table? I have been dreaming about buying it for a while. Do you love it? Is it holding up well to kids (the surface, etc) and does it comfortably seat 6 without the leaf? Let me know what you think about it and if you would recommend it. I swore off buying anymore IKEA stuff (due to the quality) but we have outgrown our tiny table, and everything else is too expensive!

  33. Annabelle says:

    Oh my gosh! Those are so adorable and fun!

  34. Sundi says:

    Just got home with my felt. Hoping to have these on the chairs before company comes next Friday! So cute…now come up with an idea for Easter will ya. ;0)

  35. SeiCreativ! says:

    Very nice idea, dear Ashley! It’s easy to make but look very funny!

  36. Joy says:

    Made 4 to go to grandchildrens’ home. I know they will light up their eyes!

  37. Kasia says:

    You are brilliant !!!!

  38. Dana Nichols says:

    Those are the cutest things ever!!

  39. Katie B says:

    I’m in love! Such a cute idea!!

  40. Pam Pike says:

    What a creative idea and so simple to make!! This is the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long while. thanks for sharing

  41. Allison says:

    So cute. How do you come up with these things?

  42. Eréndira says:

    Thanks so much for sharing, I can’t wait to make my own :)

  43. amber says:

    I got these as a wedding gift 8 years ago. I’ve been meaning to make elves to match. I love them.

  44. Eva Scott says:

    Ha ha…adorable!!!

  45. pak says:

    Yep, you are correct…you just HAVE to smile when you see these! Great job!

  46. Shona says:

    Those are so stinkin cute!! I pinned! Thanks so much for sharing!

  47. Amy says:

    OMG! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! i am soo making some of mom will just die when she sees these!

  48. Sharon J says:

    WoW! you make everything look so easy to do. Thanks for sharing.

  49. KAREN BENNETT says:

    This seriously makes me wish that I had kitchen chairs instead of a bench. Boo. Super cute craft though.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh shoot…..maybe the two end chairs?? We always had benches growing up. I actually miss those. :)

  50. Stephanie says:

    i was totally going to get some felt to make a quick tree skirt for my naked tree, but maybe i’ll get alittle extra…. :)

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh yes, get more! :)

  51. Chelsey says:

    It would even be cute to do little elf ones! Green with a red stripe and a jungle bell hanging…. ya that would be fun too!

    1. Ashley says:

      How funny, someone on facebook mentioned snowmen……so I started thinking of other options. Elves would definitely be next on my list! How about green and white striped with a red brim? And then your bell idea is darling….I didn’t think of that. But they sell those big ones at the store. Too bad I don’t have 6 more chairs up to that table. ;) Ha!


  52. Karin says:

    UGH! I LOVE THESE!!! SO CUTE! You are the best!

  53. kelly says:

    LOVE THIS IDEA! I hope i have enough red stuff left over!

  54. shannon says:

    too cute!! will definitely do this, but for next year :)

    thanks for taking the time and sharing!

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