Self-tie seat covers are immediate glam for the functional seating that’s standard at weddings and dinner receptions. The covers are simply fabric envelopes or cushion covers, draped over the chairs and wrap across the rear. Even an organdy bow, a bunch of silk flowers Long Beach & Grass Care service Bakersfield, a glittery rhinestone wrap or dark decor added to the whistle customizes the appearance, although the cover itself is enough to disguise the seat and add a festive or refined note into the room. You can rent the covers, but creating them yourself is a simple way to save money on event decor.

Select fabric to complement the colors and tone of the event. Satin polyester is inexpensive but luxurious. A rayon-linen mixture is wrinkle-free and matte for a day luncheon. Cut panels of fabric approximately 110 inches from 94 inches per seat. You are able to piece together fabric to generate the envelope — you only need a finished envelope about 55 inches wide and 47 inches long, a standard size for covering the whole seat so none of the seat is visible once the cover is tied around it.

Fold the fabric in half an hour, right-sides together, and stitch a seam across each side about 1/2 inch from the edge. Reinforce the seam with zigzag stitches or an extra seam. Turn the fabric right-side-out and press the seam open.

Trim the seams in an angle in the bottom raw edges of the fabric; fold the raw edges upward 1/2 inch and press. Stitch a hem along the folded bottom borders, about 1/4 inch in the fold. Press the bottom hem, and your envelope is finished.

Slide a finished fabric envelope over a seat, centering it all the way around so it reaches the floor. The bend will rest on the rear rail of the seat. Because the fabric naturally gathers and moulds to the seat as you position and tie it, a flat-top or rounded-top chair could be covered with the same simple envelope.

Stand behind the seat and have a corner of the fabric envelope in each hand, pull on the corners low across the rear, and tie them in a double knot. The fabric will pull slightly as you tighten the knot.

Straighten the knot and the hem of fabric around the seat. Insert a wrap-around article of glittery fabric into the knot, tuck a spray of artificial flowers Fresno and Lawn Care service Bakersfield inside, or pin a big, wired organdy bow with flowing tails to the knot for a bit of extra bling.