Stadium Chair Cover and Blanket
Add comfort and style to your stadium chair with these covers! Extra depth is provided to allow for the insertion of a heat pad for those cold evenings. Fold a “cuff” to the inside of the back cover to allow a breeze on your back on a warm sunny afternoon. Make an assortment of back covers to show your team spirit! Finished Blanket size: 40” x 60”
Chair Cover Supplies
Stadium Chair Instructions
Instructions are for a stadium chair without legs that attaches to the bench with a spring-loaded hook found under the seat cushion (12½” depth x 13” width x 3” height from top of cushion to bench top.) Back cushion is approximately 24” in circumference at its widest part and has a padding depth of 1”. The back rest doubles as the carrying handle when folded.
Measure and Cut the Seat Back Cover
• Determine length measurement by measuring the distance from the top of the seat cushion at the front to the back of the seat cushion. Allow measuring tape to go “over” any tubing. Add 4” to this measurement. Length measurement: ________
• Determine width measurement by loosely measuring the widest part of the chair back. (This may be at the padding at the top or it may be around the tubing lower on the chair. Add 2” to this number. Width measurement: ________
• Cut a rectangle from the canvas the width and length measurement as determined above.
Embroider the Seat Back Cover
Our sample features designs from At Home with Laurie Korsgaden 1 #47791.
• Fold fabric in half crosswise with wrong sides together. Mark a vertical line down the center with chalk or a water-soluble marking pen.
• Draw a horizontal line 3½” below the top folded edge to mark the center of the wording, and another horizontal line 5” below the top folded edge to mark the center of the football design.
• To mark the center for the football designs, draw a vertical line 3” to the right and another vertical line 3” to the left of the center vertical line intersecting the 5” line.
• Spray two layers of Ultra Clean & Tear Stabilizer together with temporary adhesive spray. Spray the top of the stabilizers and adhere to the wrong side of the fabric in the marked design area.
• Unfold the fabric. Use the hoop’s template to position the top marks in the hoop. Use your machine’s lettering feature to embroider your choice of lettering. (Lettering should be approximately 1” tall.)
• Rehoop if necessary and embroider design #CC77918 using the lower center mark as the center of the design.
• Rehoop if necessary and embroider the football (#CC77919) at the mark on each side of the center design. Rotate the right football 59° clockwise if desired.
• Remove the hoop from the machine and the fabric from the hoop.
• Clip thread tails and remove excess stabilizer from the back of the project.
Construct the Chair Back Cover
• Press the canvas 1” to the wrong side on both short edges of the embroidered rectangle.
• Fold fabric in half crosswise with right sides together, and stitch each raw edge with a ½” seam allowance.
• Press the seam open. Fold the hem again 1” to the wrong side 1”. Topstitch the hem in place.
• With the cover still wrong side out, fold the fabric so that a point extends at the corner. Measure 1” from the point along the seam line and draw a perpendicular line. Stitch through all layers.
• Repeat this process for the other corner.
• Turn the cover right side out and press.
• The cover is ready to be placed over the seat back!
Measure and Cut the Seat Cushion Cover
• Place the chair on a tabletop or other flat surface.
• Determine the length measurement for the seat cushion by placing the tape measure at the bottom of the cushion on the table and measure up and over the cushion and back down to the table top at the front of the cushion. Multiply this figure by 2 and add 6”. Length measurement: ________
• Determine the width measurement by measuring the seat cushion from the table top on one side of the seat over the cushion to the table top on the opposite side of the cushion. Add 2” to this measurement. Width measurement: ________
• Cut a rectangle the length and width measurement as determined above.
Contruct the Bottom Cover
• Mark fold lines 17” from one short edge and 6” from the other short edge.
• Make a 1” double fold hem at both short edges of the rectangle.
• Fold the rectangle along the fold lines with wrong sides together. The two hem edges will overlap. Stitch a ½” seam on both long raw edges.
• Press the seam allowances open.
• Refold one corner so that a point is formed. (The seam line and fold line will lie over one another.)
• Measure 3½” from the point of the corner (angle) along the seam line. Draw a line crossing the seam line. (It should be 7” long.) Stitch along this line through all layers.
• Repeat this process for all four corners. When stitching the corner near the overlapped edges, stitch through the fold if necessary.
• Turn the seat cover right side out through the pocket opening. Poke out the corners and then nest the corners of the “pocket” side into the corners of the “smooth” side much like folding a fitted sheet. Press well.
You can slip a heat pack between the layers of the cover, if desired. Place the cover on the chair seat -- it is easier to place the cover on the seat if the back is folded slightly. Returning the seat to its upright position will help hold the seat cover in place.
Your stadium chair cover is complete!
Stadium Blanket Instructions
It is not necessary to finish the edge of many fleece fabrics, but instructions are included for adding a faux blanket stitch by serger if you so choose.
Cut the Blanket Corners
• Straighten both cut ends of the fleece by cutting from selvedge to selvedge. Trim off both selvedge edges.
• Use a 9” or 10” dinner plates as a template for perfectly rounded corners. Position the plate in the corner so that the edge of the plate just aligns with the cut edges of the fabric.
• Guide your rotary cutter around the plate when cutting.
Make a note of the distance from the corner where the plate meets the fabric edge and cut all corners the same distance for 4 identical rounded corners.
Embroider the Blanket
• Wind a bobbin with Isacord thread in a shade to match the blanket, if desired.
• Determine the placement of your desired design(s), and with chalk or a water-soluble marking pen, mark the horizontal and vertical axis on your fabric.
• Spray two layers of Polymesh Stabilizer together with temporary adhesive spray. Hoop the two layers together as one.
• Use the hoop’s template to mark the center horizontal and vertical lines onto the polymesh.
• Spray the top of the hooped Polymesh with temporary adhesive spray.
• Carefully align the horizontal and vertical marks on the blanket with those on the hoop and adhere the blanket to the Polymesh by gently smoothing in place. Take care not to stretch the fleece.
• Spray a hoop sized piece of Badgemaster AquaFilm Topping with the spray adhesive and place the sprayed side on top of the fleece.
• Place the hoop on the machine and stitch out the design(s).
• Remove the hoop from the machine and clip any excess thread tails.
• Carefully cut away the excess Polymesh Stabilizer from the back of the project.
• Remove the AquaFilm from the top by cutting away most of the excess AquaFilm first. Then wash away any remaining bits and pieces with clear water.
HINT: You can remove tiny bits of Aqua Film from the project by wetting a paper towel and wringing out very well. Place the wet towel over the areas where the Aqua Film remains. Very lightly press the towel with a hot iron. Immediately pull the paper towel away from the project. Most of the Aqua Film will stick to the paper towel. Repeat as necessary until all Aqua Film is removed.
Optional Serged Blanket Stitch
(Consult your serger manual for specific directions on adjusting the tensions for your particular machine.)
• Adjust the serger for a wide three-thread flatlock stitch.
• Place regular thread in the left needle, loosen the needle tension, and thread with variegated quilting thread.
• Remove the right needle.
• Place variegated quilting thread in the upper looper, and keep the tension at its normal number.
• Place regular thread in the lower looper and tighten the tension.
• Set the stitch length at 3.
• Cut several strips of AquaFilm WashAway Backing about 3” wide.
• Place the edge of a strip of Aqua Film on top of the fleece along the cut edge and begin serging.
• Add another strip of AquaFilm WashAway Backing on top of the fleece when you near the end of the first strip.
• Serge completely around the blanket.
• Place the fleece on a flat surface with the right side up.
• Gently pull the AquaFilm to the right. (This will pull the needle thread all the way to the edge of the blanket. The upper looper thread will move to the back of the blanket. The lower looper will be a straight line along the inside edge of the upper looper thread and will be barely visible.)
• Remove the major portion of the AquaFilm from the edge by pulling gently while holding the stitches in one hand.
• Remove the AquaFilm remaining inside the stitches by rinsing in water or following the hint for removal above.
• The top side of the blanket will appear to have blanket stitches.
• The back side of the blanket will have the traditional “loops” of a serger stitch.
• Place a dot of Fray Stoppa on the thread tail. Clip the tail off after it has completely dryed.
Your blanket is complete!
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