Chair Tutorial For American Girl Dolls
If you have the American Girl Chair covers but not the chairs, this is your lucky day! You can DIY chairs that fit the seat covers. If you do not have the seat covers and you just want to make the chairs, you can do that too. If I was making them without the covers, I would probably make the chairs larger.
First gather your supplies. You’ll need:
- Corrugated plastic. I get mine from our local comunity theatre. They are happy to give them to me after a show is over. You can use corrugated cardboard if you don’t have plastic.
- Craft knife
- Hot glue sticks
- Hot glue gun
- fleece fabric
- cotton fabric, I chose a subtle yellow print to coordinate with the chair covers.
- Iron and ironing board
Cut two pieces of fleece approximately 6 x 20 inches each. Set aside.
Next cut a piece of decorative fabric approximately 6 x 24 inches. Fold up 1/2 inch on the bottom and one end. Iron, then glue the hem. (You could also sew the hem if you prefer). Set the fabric pieces aside.
Measure and cut your corrugated plastic.
You need one piece 11 x 4 1/4 inches
Also one piece that is 4 1/4 x 15 inches long. This piece needs to be scored on the front side 5 3/4 inches from one end and on the back side 5 1/4 inches from the opposite end. This piece will fold in a zig-zag, see second photo to be certain you have scored it properly.
Finally one piece for the seat. The seat is a rounded trapezoid shape. 4 1/4 inches wide at the back edge, 5 3/8 inches wide at the front edge and 4 1/2 inches deep. See photo.
Keep the scrap pieces handy since you’ll need them for support pieces.
Time to Build
Glue the two long pieces together at the back of the chair top. You need to glue the end that is 5 3/4 inches to the top of the 11 inch long piece. Dry fit it first, it will form a chair seat.
Lay the chair on its side on top of a scrap of corrugated plastic and mark the scrap to create a brace. Put the scrap into the top and back corner of the chair legs then mark the front edge. Turn the chair to the other side and make a brace for the opposite side. Cut both braces out.
Glue the braces into each side at the legs of the chair. Hold until the glue sets. Repeat on the opposite side.
I cut a cross piece to add extra support in the bottom because my corrugated plastic was a bit flimsy this time.
Glue the trapezoid with the smaller side against the back of the chair seat. Congratulations, you have a chair! Another way to finish it would be to paint it.
Preparing for the seat cover.
Because I am using the seat covers, I am wrapping my chair in fleece. This will prevent the cover from snagging on the plastic. In addition, it makes the chair comfier. Glue one edge of the fabric under the front edge of the seat. I am only gluing on the edges or creases in order to keep my fleece smooth. Place the glue along the edge I am pointing at.
Next run a line of glue at the back of the seal and smooth the fabric over it.
Then the top of the back
Finally glue the back edge of the fabric to the back of the chair legs. It should look something like this.
Clip the corners, fold the fabric around the edges and glue down.
Lay the chair on its side and begin wrapping the second piece of fleece around the legs. Let the extra fabric hang off the bottom. Glue at each corner.
Clip the botto corners and glue the excess fabric to the inside. This will keep the chair from scratching anything.
You should have this.
Take your decorative/cotton fabric. Beginning in the middle of the back of the chair, align the hem with the bottom of the chair but do not glue the bottom.
Run a bead of glue on the edge of the chair seat, here. Glue the fabric ONLY to the top edge of the seat. Go all the way around and in the center back, overlap your hemmed edge over the unfinished edge.
If you have extra fabric at the top of the seat, you can trim it or put a few dots of glue and tack it down to the top of the seat. Add the slipcovers and you’re finished!
Merry loves her new chairs!