If you’ve been a part of my creative journey for any amount of time, you are probably aware that velvet and satin aren’t substrates that I would normally reach for. But since we at Brother are going big for New Year’s Eve this year, I figured that if there were ever a time for them this was it. These simple bowtie chair backs are full of all the va-va-voom one would need for a NYE celebration, but can be stitched up in a lickety-split.
What You’ll Need for Two Chair Backs:
- 2/3 yard of two different coordinating satins
- 1.5 yards of non-stretch crushed velvet
Before you get started cutting the velvet, you’ll need to measure two measurements of the actual chair back. See the pictures above. For my chair, both measurements were 36”.
- Fold the length of the fabric in half. From the fold, cut at 19.5” producing a total length of 39”.
- From this, cut two 19” x 39” rectangles.
- Cut four 6” x Width of Fabric (WOF) strips from each satin fabric.
- Place two strips, one of each color, right-sides together. Cut a 45-degree angle on one of the ends.
- Take a second pair of strips, right-sides together with the same color on top and cut a 45-degree angle on the same end going in the opposite direction.
- Follow this process with the third and fourth pair of strips.
Hemming the Velvet
- Fold 1” on one end of the velvet rectangle and press.
- Open and fold the fabric on to the line created by the iron and press.
- Fold the fold onto itself and press, encasing the raw edge.
- Edge stitch along the fold to create the hem.
- Repeat these steps on the opposite end of the velvet and with the second velvet rectangle.
Preparing the Ties
- With each pair of strips right sides together, use a 1/2” seam allowance to sew up one side, across the diagonal, and down the other side, leaving the end open.
- Trim the point similar to the picture above.
- Turn right-side-out and press.
- Repeat these steps with the remaining three ties.
Constructing the Chair Back
- Along each side raw edge and with the point on the bottom, line up each of two complete ties 12” from the bottom of one hem.
- Right-sides together, fold the other hem over and line it up with the original hem. Use clips or pins along the raw edges of both sides.
- Using a 1/2” seam allowance, sew the entire length of each side.
- Using a zig zag stitch with 5 mm width and 2 mm length, sew the edge of the entire length of each side.
Boxing the Top
- Along the top fold of the inside-out chair back, cut out a 3/4” x 3/4” (excluding the seam allowance) on both corners.
- On one corner, open the square and fold back onto itself with the square corners in the center. Clip/pin and sew with a 1/2” seam allowance.
- Follow all steps with the remaining corner and chair back.
- Turn right-side-out, place over chair back, tie in a bow and enjoy the New Year’s Celebration.
Happy New Year’s, Y’all