The IKEA Poang Chair is a very popular staple in many budget savvy homes — but it only comes in a few colors and patterns, white being the only one that would work in the baby’s room. We all know white won’t last long, and I wanted a chair that would POP, so I decided to attempt to make a cover for the Poang cushion that would do the baby’s room some justice.
Plain, Boring Ikea Poang Chair
You know these chairs – you’ve seen them, and you may even own one! We opted for one of these guys over a rocker (saving us hundreds of dollars) when we were decorating Logan’s room, and it turned out to be a great purchase. Logan is 2 now, and we still use the chair every night for story time, and he likes to climb up and sit and read by himself as well. We decided to save our pennies again and go with the same chair for the nursery, but with an added twist!
There were a few ways that I could have tackled this project, but I wanted to make it as easy on myself as possible (8.5 months pregnant and all). I decided to forgo zippers, but since I wanted it to be removable – knowing full well that spit-up WILL make it onto the beautiful fabric – I made it a giant slipcover, much like a normal pillow cover. I also wanted it to stick to the chair like the normal cushion does using velcro, so I added that to the back of the slipcover as well.
Fabric, Velcro, Pins & Thread – That’s all you need!
I found this fantastic duck canvas at Hobby Lobby, one of my favorite sources for fabric (40% off coupon – can’t beat that!). I couldn’t get a piece of fabric long enough to cover the cushion with one whole piece (if you can, do it, it will be easier!), so I had to use two pieces (one long, one short), but really the hardest part of the whole project was just shoving the cushion into the cover.
I followed the same method for creating the ottoman cover - the tutorial for that is here.
Here is the tutorial for you DIY-ers — hope it is clear, if not please feel free to contact me with any questions!
DIY IKEA POANG CHAIR SLIPCOVER TUTORIAL
What you need in addition to the chair cushion (mine measured 24″x64″ with the head flap unfolded – make sure to measure yours):
- Fabric – As I mentioned above, I couldn’t get one long piece, but if you can, do it (you’ll need 4 yards but you’ll have some leftover from the sides for pillows or whatnot).
My pieces: Long piece = 26″x108″ (3yd), Short piece = “26×31″
- Velcro – I used the Sew-Ology brand from Hobby Lobby. One package was enough for both my Chair cushion and my Ottoman cushion. You will only need one side (the fuzzy side). The color doesn’t matter since it will be on the back side of the cushion.
- Pins & Thread – the thread will not be seen so you can use any color.
And now the fun begins!
1. Lay out your long piece of fabric, right side up, and lay your cushion on top of it so that the head/top of the cushion is about 1 inch from the top of the fabric, and centered across the width.
Lay out fabric, place cushion on top, fold bottom up over cushion
2. Fold bottom of fabric up over the cushion, and fold back the the edge over twice – then pin in place.
Fold twice and pin
3. Also use a pin to mark your fold at the bottom of each side of the cushion so you don’t lose it.
Mark your fold with a pin on each side of the bottom of the cushion
4. Now take your short piece and lay it on top of the cushion top, right side down, and line it up with the bottom piece. Pin in place at the top only.
Pin short piece to top of bottom piece, right side facing
5. Take the bottom of the short piece, fold over twice and pin, just as you did for the long piece. Also mark where the velcro should go using a pin — mine sat 21″ down from the top of the cushion with the flap unfolded.
Fold and pin edge, and also mark where velcro will go using a pin
6. Cut your velcro – the easiest way is to take your piece of fuzzy velcro and put it right on on the cushion’s velcro, and then cut at the end so you have the same length. Fold the short piece of fabric back and using your marker pin as a guide, pin the velcro on to the fabric.
Fold back top piece and pin the velcro on to the fabric
7. (Not pictured) Carefully pull the cushion out, and pin up the bottom half of the cover on the sides to hold it in place. (Don’t pin the top because you’ll need to sew on the velcro first).
8. Take the beast of fabric to your sewing machine! First you will sew on the velcro to get that out of the way. I stitched down one side and back up the other.
First, sew the velcro on
9. Next, tackle the folded edges – one running stitch from top to bottom will do fine; it doesn’t have to be perfect, remember this will be on the back side. Just make sure it is sturdy and reinforce at the start and stop of the seam so it will have the strength to withstand the shoving it is about to experience.
Sew down the folded edges.
View of front side of folded edge after sewing
10. After sewing down both of the folded edges, focus back on the top of the cover, where the short piece is pinned to the long piece. Sew those pieces together. I used about a 1/4-1/2″ seam allowance on all of the subsequent sewing.
Sew short piece to long piece where pinned (this picture was an after thought)
11. Then sew down the sides of the short piece. When you get to your folded edge, sew right over it, and reinforce with a few back-stitches – this needs to be very sturdy.
Sew down sides of short edge right through to the end of the folded edge and back up it
12. Now turn the fabric beast around and sew down your pinned sides of the bottom/long piece, starting with the first pin that you marked your fold with.
Sew down the remaining sides at the bottom of the cover
13. When you get to the folded edge of the top of the cover, sew right over it! You want them to overlap. Keep sewing down until you get through to the bottom of the cover’s folded edge, and sew back up it – again, reinforcing with back-stitches to make it sturdy.
Sew down past the first folded edge underneath and through to the second folded edge so they overlap
14. As an after thought I decided to sew off the corners (like rounding but without the hassle of making it round). Then I trimmed them with my pinking shears — you can trim the whole cover if you like, but I didn’t find it necessary
Sew off the corners if you desire
Trim with pinking shears
15. You’re done sewing! Now turn the cover right side out and lay it out for stuffing. You can press it now if you like, but it WILL get wrinkled during the stuffing process.
Ready to be stuffed
16. Start shoving the cushion in, LONG SIDE FIRST! I made the mistake of trying to do the top/short side first and found the bottom wouldn’t bend enough to let me get it in. Make sure the cushion is facing the right direction as well — so that the back side is up and the velcro is facing you when you shove it in there.
Shove it in!
17. With some effort, you will get the top piece in, I promise. The folded edges will overlap nicely and you’ll have a lovely covered cushion, ready for it’s throne. Now is when you may want to take an iron to it and lightly press out some of your hard earned wrinkles.
Pretty stuffed cushion cover
18. Set the cushion on it’s throne and fold the flap over – it deserves a break after you tortured it for the last 5 minutes.
Resting nicely on its throne
I actually did the ottoman first to make sure I really liked the fabric enough to have it cover both. You can find the tutorial for that here — it’s the same method, just in smaller form and using one piece of fabric instead of two!
Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your comments, and if make one, send me pictures please!