How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt

 

How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt by The Everyday Home

*(disclaimer:  Waverly and J0-Ann have provided me with free product and is compensating me a fee, but this idea

is my own, to include any sewing mistakes and ripped out seams.)

 

“How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt”

 

I love to sew.  I have not sewn a “real” project in several years.

Mainly because my machine went to sewing heaven.  It had been a faithful

and trusty friend for many years.     

I wanted a new replacement machine, but honestly – I didn’t think I would

use it.

Maybe because I was putting in 70+ hours a week at my job????   :)

 

Several months ago,  Jo-Ann had a huge Sewing Machine Sale.  

A cute little Singer came home with me.  But, sadly – it sat all alone and

abandoned in the corner of the bonus room.  Unused.  Unloved.  Undusted.

 

Then, along came Waverly and Jo-Ann, offering me 2 yards of fabric

and a chance to show off some of my wicked sewing skills for the

Waverize It! contest.  I signed up immediately.  

And then I panicked.  

Was sewing like riding a bike?

Could I even remember how to fill the bobbin?  

Did my newly purchased “friend” which I had abandoned in the bonus

room have a bad case of Rejection Syndrome, and not perform for me?  Laughing

   

How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt by The Everyday Home

 

I will say – when I first started out, I felt rusty.  But, I am proud to say I

only had to rip out one seam during the entire project.   Hopefully, my

instructions make sense and you will not have to sit for a half hour ripping

out tiny little stitches while swearing like a drunken sailor.  Surprised

 

Here is the fabric that Waverly and Jo-Ann sent me.  It’s called Groovy Grill

and the color is Spa.

 

How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt by The Everyday Home

 

Isn’t it beautiful.  I knew as soon as I opened the box, it would look

perfect in my Living Room.  I had been wanting to make a little skirt for

my desk chair for some time.  So, I grabbed my new machine, talked gently

to it – said a prayer – and off I went.  

 

How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt by The Everyday Home

 

The hardest part for me was making the pattern.  I used brown craft paper.

You could also use muslin as a template.

You will need five pieces:  the seat section, and four sides for the “flaps”

of the skirt.  

Measure the chair seat, and create a pattern – adding 1″ all around to allow

for seam allowance and hemming.

 

Decide how long you want the drop of the skirt to be.  I chose 10″ but it can

be any length you want.  Add 1.5″ all around.

 

How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt by The Everyday Home

 

Once you have all of your pattern pieces cut out, lay them on the backside

of the fabric and mark the edge.  I used painter’s tape to help hold them in 

place.  I tried to think of the fabric’s pattern, and how it would look best.

I centered the seat pattern to take advantage of the design.

 

I used a fabric pen to mark all around the pattern pieces, then cut them out.

A strip of painter’s tape on the backside marked with the name of the fabric

piece helped me know which strip was which.

 

How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt by The Everyday Home

 

Next, I hemmed the bottoms of all four of the side flaps.  Turn your fabric

in about  1/4″, turn in another 1/4″ and sew.  (you can iron down the seam 

first is needed.)

 

How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt by The Everyday Home

 

Let the pressure foot help you create a straight seam by running your fabric

along the outer right side.  Keep your fabric pulled taut and keep

tucking in the seams as you go.

 

Once all four side flaps have been hemmed, do the same for the back of the

chair seat piece.

 

Now it’s time to create your box-pleats.

 

How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt by The Everyday Home 

I measured the center of each side flap and the front flap, and made a mark.

(#2)

Then, I measured two inches out from the center mark, and marked those,

too. (#1 and #3)  Repeat on the other side.

The object is to fold in the fabric towards the center mark so that you create

a pleat, as shown below.

 

How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt by The Everyday Home

 

Once I had the first pleat, I used a hot iron to sew it down.  Repeat on the

other side, and you should end up with this…

 

How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt by The Everyday Home

 

Again, use an iron to create crisp pleats.  I did not box-pleat the back flap,

but you can choose to do so.  Once you have all the side flaps pleated, you

need to sew the front flap and the side flaps together so you have one

continuous, long flap.  Now if you note on my chair below…

 

How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt by The Everyday Home

 

My armless chair only had two back attachments.  But, if your chair

has arms, you will not be able to attach all three side panels together

as you will need a break between each flap for the arm attachments to

the chair.  I will show you later how to deal with that.

 

Next,  pin your long 3-Part flap and the back flap, right sides together, to 

the seat fabric, as shown below.

 

How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt by The Everyday Home

 

 How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt by The Everyday Home

 

Sew the long strip along both sides and the front.  Make small snips around the

two corners so they will not pucker when turned right side out.

 

Finally, attach the back flap in the same way.

 

For strictly decorative purposes, I added two small tabs of fabric at each

corner, which wrapped over the legs of the chair.  This was created by

hemming a long strip if fabric on both sides.  This is what I would

recommend doing all the way around if you are creating a skirt for a

arm chair.  

 

How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt by The Everyday Home

 

I used two small pieces of velcro to hold them in place, so the skirt would

be easily removable.

 

Here is a close-up of the box-pleat…

 

How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt by The Everyday Home 

As an afterthought, I whipped up a small kidney pillow for the back of

the chair.   A “B” monogram was added with fabric transfer paper to the

center circle.

 

How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt by The Everyday Home

 

So there you have it.  How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt.  

Now, I will admit, this is probably not a beginner’s project.  But, I

would suggest you practice with some leftover fabric or inexpensive

muslin.  Once you have your measurements, it’s just a matter of sewing

a series of straight seams.  Nothing fancy.

 

How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt by The Everyday Home

 

Thank you to both Jo-Ann Fabric and Waverly for the opportunity to share

this project with you, and for providing me with the beautiful fabric, too.

 

I have a great surprise for you.  Waverly is celebrating its 90th Anniversary.

Between September 1st-22nd, Waverly and Jo-Ann are sponsoring a Facebook

contest and the ultimate prize is $1000 in Waverly Fabrics and a

$250 Jo-Ann gift card.  Is that amazing or what? $1000 of fabric!!!!  Tongue Out 

It is open to everyone.

 

Just create your own project using a Waverly fabric, and upload your

pic at the following Facebook Page.

 

How to Make a Box-Pleated Chair Skirt by The Everyday Home

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So break out your sewing machine, which is hopefully not

abandoned like mine was – and whip up a fun project.

 

Waverize It!

 

xxoo, Barb

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Comments

  1. It is gorgeous, Barb! I love that fabric…perfect for your house! I would say your sewing skills are not rusty at all…in fact, they are fabulous! hugs…Debbie

  2. Looks good Barb. thanks for the detailed instuctions.. I have 2 more seats to cover and this might look good on mine.

  3. Oh dear! This looks like its beyond my pay grade! I’ll just have to admire from a distance!
    :)

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