How to Make Camper Slipcovers

How to Make Camper Slipcovers
As your camper ages and the camper chairs inside start to show wear and tear, you’ll want to dress the aging furniture with camper slipcovers. Using just a few basic sewing tools, you can make camper slipcovers in about an hour. Solid colors and varied prints, ranging from casual to elegant, are available, and can be matched to the woodwork and wood panels in your camper. Wash the slipcovers routinely by hand, or use a gentle cycle on the washing machine to keep them fresh and clean.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tape measure
  • Tissue paper or pattern paper
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Straight pins
  • Upholstery pins
  • Sewing machine or thread and needle
 
Step 1
Measure the chair including the length and height of the seat, arms, front, back and sides. Using tissue paper or pattern paper, draw out each piece. Add a 1-inch seam, which is for the hemline, the flap of material that flips under at the bottom of the slipcover to create a clean edge.
Step 2
Cut the pattern pieces out using a pair of scissors. Follow the lines you drew in step 1 and stay true to the measurements.
Step 3
Lay the fabric down flat on a sewing table and pull it so it is taut and free of wrinkles. Lay the pattern for each piece over the fabric. Pin the pattern to the fabric, right side up, using straight pins. Start at the front, bottom and sides of each piece, and then add more pins until all the gaps along the piece are pinned down and the fabric and pattern are pinned together. Cut the fabric along the pattern lines. Remove the pins.
Step 4
Fold over a 1-inch seam, and then pin it down using straight pins.
Step 5
Place the pattern pieces for the slipcover over the camper chair and fasten with upholstery pins. Check the fitting one last time before you begin the sewing process.
Step 6
Sew the largest piece first, which for most camper chairs will be the back piece. Sew each piece together by hand or with a sewing machine. Fit the slipcover to your camper chair, pulling it down over the back and over the armrests.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Sew a zigzag stitch for a stronger seam.
 
Always double-check your measurements.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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