Post # 1
I need help… my venue just informed me that unlike I had previously thought I can not use rental chairs. I have to use their ugly black and burgandy padded folding chairs.
I had already rented very nice white wooden folding chairs with an ivory padded seat…they were going to be coverd with a half-cover and champagne sash…so pretty…
well, that’s gone now, so I’d like to find a way to DIY my own chair covers or find some way to cover at least the top of the folding chairs.
the rental company does have regular chair covers, but I’ve never really liked the look, so I’m looking for alternatives…IDEAS??? please post pics if you have them. THANK YOU!!
Post # 3
ugh, what the heck, why won’t they let you bring in your own chairs?
But honestly, I say either rent chair covers or embrace the burgundy (like I did!) DIYing a whole bunch of chair covers will be a ton of work, for very little reward. I think the wedding world makes too big a deal about chairs. None of the guests will notice them…
Post # 4
I realize that doing a DIY is going to be time consuming and possibly be overly expensive, but I really can not embrace the burgandy…my colors are navy, gold, and ivory…
I don’t want to spend a lot of money, I just want to find some way to hide the ugly…
Post # 5
Couldn’t you take measurements of the chairs they have, and make covers shaped to that? (i.e. cut out two identical pieces of fabric the same shape as the back of the chair (like…2-5 inches, depending on how thick the backs are), but a little bigger, sew them together, turn them inside-out, and stick ’em on? As for the seats…dunno what to do about those. I guess to cover them you’d have to use the more traditional chair-cover, and I don’t know a template for that.
Post # 6
thank you, Jenniphyr. that is what I was hoping to do. I was hoping someone had pics of something they DIYed, so that I could use it as inspiration…
I’m crafty, but I’m not good at sewing…guess I might have to learn…
Post # 7
I am so glad that you posted this. I would also like to see if there are any other bees that have attempted this. My Venue has these UGLY green chairs that do not coordinate well with my wedding (my colors are silver, light blue and white) I have called all the rental places in my town and they honestly charge and arm and a leg for those chair covers! Honestly all we do is sit on them!! I have considered making my own. But as you can tell by my wedding date, i need the help FAST. Thank You.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu
i made my own chair covers, but they only cover the back of the chair, and not the seat part. it really can be cost effective to make your own (~$2/chair, for the type of fabric i used), but it does take a long, long time if you’re doing it all by yourself.
Post # 9
HEM TAPE! If you don’t sew, use hem tape. it’s the best! it’s iron on.
Post # 10
You can find chair covers for a good price on ebay. I bought mines for $2 each.
Post # 11
How many chairs are you having and what’s your DIY budget for the chair covers? You might be able to rent chair covers.
Post # 12
Bridegirl, I just realized you’re from Monterey area too. So this might work, they’re in S.F. http://www.qualitychaircovers.com/Chair-Covers.aspx. And did you ask Hodges if they rent chair covers? Hard to make them for less than you can rent them.
Post # 13
thanks for the ideas…
My first thought was to do something like this (without the embroidery detail)…
but, as I stated before I’m not great with a needle, so I think I will end up with something like this… (not transparent & in ivory).
depending on the width of what is available through the rental company I may rent them or buy some fabric and use hem tape (thanks, kcasam)
I have 256 chairs to cover, so I think this is the better option… I’m going to try an take a pic of the uglies, so you all can see I wasn’t kidding about the ugliness…lol
@Cant_wait: thanks, I did check Hodges..
Post # 14
Have you gone to JoAnns or Hancock’s fabrics yet? A lot of times they have specific brand patterns (Butterick, Simplicity, Vouge etc) on sale for $0.99 instead of $15. You may be able to find something workable in their home pattern selections.
If you do find something, be sure to scope out your fabric, and then come back with a 40% mailer coupon. It will take 40% off one cut of non-discounted fabric. This is super key to save money if you are making a ton of them out of one fabric.
Post # 15
Check out http://www.chaircoverdirect.com/
You can rent banquet or folding chair covers in ivory, white, or black with a sash of your choice INCLUDED for only $1.70 each (minimum is only 10 covers), and they let you keep it for 2 weeks.
Post # 16
check out efavormart.com, they have chair covers and sashes