Covering a deckchair
Reupholstering a deckchair could be your next summer project! You’ve found an old deckchair in the basement, or you don't like the cover of your new garden lounger? Simply buy a deckchair fabric that you like and cover the deckchair on your own. In these instructions, we will guide you step by step on how to do it. You also have the option of affixing a comfortable cushion to your deckchair. We recommend using deckchair fabrics, since these are already cut to the width of deckchairs and do not need to be trimmed on the side edges.
Removing the cover and taking measurements
If you want to reupholster an old deckchair, you must first remove its old cover. You can use the old measurements for the new deckchair fabric. If the old cover is not available, you must remeasure the length of the deckchair. Note that the fabric can sag a little. To be on the safe side, add 1 cm of the seam allowance at the top and bottom and 8 cm for the turn-up.
With regard to deckchair fabrics, you have the advantage that the width is already cut to fit deckchairs, so you don’t have to trim the sides. If you use a different fabric, you must calculate the overcasting of the edges accordingly.
Cutting the deckchair cushion to size
If you feel like attaching an extra cushion to your lounger, cut out two pieces of your outdoor fabric measuring 40 cm x 20 cm each. You will also need two cords each measuring 15 cm.
Affixing the cords to the cushion
Place the two pieces of fabric for the cushion right sides together. Measure 10 cm from one side at the top edge and pin one of the cords between the two layers of fabric. Fix the end of the cord at the top inside the seam allowance with a few stitches. Do the same on the other side of the top edge using the second cord.
Stitching the cushion all around
Now sew the cushion all the way around with a straight stitch but leave a gap for turning at the bottom. The fixed cords will thus be edged as well.
Padding the deckchair cushion
Turn the cushion through the turning gap and fill it with the fibrefill. Then stitch together the turning gap with your sewing machine or by hand.
Tucking up the fabric edges
The sides of a deckchair fabric do not need to be serged. Nevertheless, tuck up the edges both at the top and bottom 1 cm respectively and iron over them once. Then fold the fabric over by 8 cm on each side once more and fix these edges again by ironing.
Affixing the cushion
Fold out the ironed edges up at the top and sew the two cords of the cushion onto the 1 cm weft. Make sure that your cushion is placed in the middle of the fabric and the cords are the same distance from the outer edge.
Stitching down the trims
Cut your trims to the width of the deck chair fabric - plus 2 cm. Fold back the ironed edges of the deckchair fabric and pin the trims along the 8 cm edge. Fold both ends of the trim inwards by 1 cm. Now sew the trim onto the upper and lower end of the deckchair fabric with two seams. This automatically closes the turn-up.
Reupholstering the deckchair
Your new deckchair cover is complete! Now all you need to do is spread the cover over the frame and you can enjoy the summer with your new lounger.