Reversible Sling Chair Tutorial


Have a seat! To "summerize" the CityCraft window display, I whipped up these Reversible Slings for our sling chairs in no time last week. It's so fast you could make several different versions and swap them out as often as you please.

Sling Chair Tutorial

We scored a great deal on our sturdy sling back chairs from JC Penney - right now they're on sale. The chairs were shipped quickly to the store, and it didn't take much effort to replicate the boring nylon fabric slings that were included. The great thing about these sling chairs is the removable dowel that holds the fabric into place on the chair. This makes it super fast and easy to switch out your slings.

We decided to make our slings reversible - I love having options, and the double layers give the slings more stability. We used Pretty Bird in Aqua and Lime by Pillow & Maxfield for Michael  Miller Fabrics. (We carry the entire Aqua colorway of the Pretty Bird collection here at CityCraft.)

This tutorial is based on these particular sling chairs. For different chairs, use the sling that came with your chairs as a guide. It's easy to look at sling construction and replicate. We used quilt-weight cotton for our slings, but you could just as easily use home decor weight cotton, laminated cotton, or even traditional oilcloth. The sky's the limit!

For two reversible slings, you will need:

1 1/2  yards of first print (Print One)

1 1/2  yards of coordinating second print (Print Two)

Coordinating all-purpose polyester thread (we like Metrosene)

1. Cut two 52 x 18 rectangles from each print. You should have a total of 4 rectangles. (Be mindful of directional prints.)

2. Pin 1 rectangle from Print One to 1 rectangle from Print Two, right sides together. *CAREFUL: If your prints have distinct vertical patterns, make sure the "up and down" of Print One matches the "up and down" of Print Two.

3. Sew rectangles together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, leaving a  5-7 inch opening at the top or bottom so you can flip it inside out.

4. Trim corners, turn inside out, poke corners out, and press, tucking under seam allowances at the opening so you can stitch over it later.

5. Sew a 3/8" topstitch down the side/long edges.

6. Fold the top edge down 1 3/4  inches and secure with a row of stitching 1/4" from the edge. Reinforce with another line of stitching 1/8" from the edge.

7. Repeat step 6 on bottom edge of sling, and be sure to catch the opening with your last row of stitches. (Make sure you're folding the bottom edge in the same direction as top edge. Print One towards Print Two and vice versa.)

8. Insert sling into chair and slide dowel through casings at the top and bottom edges to secure.