After a few years of use, your glider rocker might get a few holes and small tears in the fabric from use. Or, maybe the fabric is still in good shape, but you are just tired of the pattern. You can easily remedy either situation by making a slipcover for your rocker. It’s not as expensive or as time – consuming as you might imagine, either! With some fabric, a few hours of work, and some know – how, you can make your glider rocker look like brand new gain!
You will need, of course, to first purchase a few yards of fabric to make the slip cover with. The heavier the cloth, the sturdier it will be, and the longer it will hold up. Cotton canvas is a durable choice of fabric, but it may be too costly for your budget. The heavier material can be more difficult to work with too. For a cheaper alternative, you can actually use painters’ canvas, tablecloths, or a quilt or bedspread for the fabric!
Let’s say, for example, that your glider rocker resides in a corner of your bedroom. The color and design of the fabric doesn’t match your bedroom, but the chair is still comfortable, and is one of your favorite pieces of furniture. All you would need to do is to purchase two matching bedspreads. Use one to cover your bed with, and use the other bedspread to make matching curtains and a matching slip cover for your rocker!
Whatever fabric you choose to use, start the project by measuring the back of the chair. You will need a width and a height. Add a couple of inches to the measurements so the slipcover won’t be tight. The next step is to measure and cut a piece of fabric in accordance with your measurements. Make sure the pattern of the fabric runs in the right direction before you measure and cut it. That is, make sure the pattern is not upside down, for example, when it’s placed over the rocker.
Now, place the slipcover over the back of the chair and use straight pins to pin the open sides together. Make sure that you leave an opening on each side for the arms. Carefully remove the fabric, turn it inside out, and then sew the open sides up on your sewing machine. (Try to match the color of the thread to one of the colors in the fabric.) Place the fabric back over the rocker to check for fit; adjust wherever needed.
The next step is to attach pieces of VELCRO to the sides of the slipcover where the arms of the glider rocker are. You should position both sides of the VELCRO, then pin them into place. Use a needle and thread to tack the VELCRO onto the fabric. Then, carefully remove the slipcover, and sew the VELCRO onto the fabric permanently.
Finally, measure and cut two pieces of fabric to use as tiebacks. These tiebacks will be sewn, one to each side, on the slipcover. Make sure you make the tiebacks long enough, and twice as wide as need be. They will be tied into a bow at the middle of the back of the glider rocker. Fold each of them over, then sew the open sides of the fabric up. Attach a tieback to each side of the slipcover with straight pins, then sew them on.
To make a slip cover for the seat of your glider rocker, you will need a few more yards of fabric. Measure the chair seat, then measure and cut a piece of fabric that size. Next, you are going to make the ruffle. Measure around the perimeter of the chair seat. Add six inches to that measurement, then cut a piece of fabric that length. Make the width wide enough so you have extra fabric to hem the edges of the ruffle. Measure and cut the fabric, then hem up the edges.
You will now need to sew the ruffle onto the seat slipcover. To do this, lay the ruffle around the perimeter of the chair seat. Use straight pins and pin it to the seat. But as you do this, bunch up the fabric a little bit to create ruffles. Then, sew the ruffle to the seat slipcover.
Finally, you will need to cut out two small pieces of the fabric. These pieces, when finished, will serve as seat holders for your glider rocker. They will be attached to the back of the chair seat cover, one on each side. They will need to be long enough so that they can be placed around a rung of the frame of the chair. Measure and cut two pieces of fabric, then sew them onto the chair seat cover. Attach VELCRO to the ends of both pieces so they can be held shut.