Dollhouse Furniture Tutorial: Fabric Chair Seats

I had a couple of miniature chairs that I made from kits, and I needed to cover the chair seats with fabric.

The kit came with solid blue, but I wanted to do something better, so I made some 1:12 scale fabric in Spoonflower and ordered some samples to work with.

Dollhouse furniture tutorial fabric chair seats

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Small-scale dollhouse fabrics.

I’ve been making small-scale designs that can be used for dollhouse crafts, so I got some samples of those from my Spoonflower shopOpens in a new tab..

1:12 scale dollhouse furniture fabric

The samples are 8″ square, which was more than enough for this project. I used the traditional pattern that was based on antique embroidery, and it’s a true 1:12 scale, so it fit the chairs well.

two chairs with matching seats

I also used another pattern to make some additional seat covers while I was at it.

I also have these patterns and more in 1:6 scale, so check them out on Spoonflower.

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Cut the fabric to cover the seats.

The first mistake I made was not checking to see if the little cardboard seats that came with the kit fit inside the chair seat frame. (They didn’t.) So I covered them once and it turned out that they were too big and wouldn’t sit flat on the chair seats.

trim the template to fit the chair

See how it’s sticking up on the front? It was just too big, and I had to take it apart to trim the cardboard template down to size.

fitting the chair seat on the fabric chair seat is too big for the chair

So make sure that you test the pieces before you do anything as far as covering them goes.

Cut the fabric to fit the seats.

1:12 scale dollhouse furniture fabric and chair seat template

I put the seat on the fabric and cut out a little square that would wrap around it and leave about a 1/2″ border.

Since these were cardboard seats, I wasn’t sure how to attach them to the fabric, so I punted and went with regular scotch tape.

fitting the chair seat on the fabric

I know, that’s probably not how a dollhouse purist would do it, but I’m glad I did it that way because like I said, I did have to take them apart and redo them.

I didn’t want to do my other upholstery hack of stapling things, because the seat template were too thin.

I also decided that I would leave out the little piece of padding that came with the kit, so if you don’t want to do that trim it to match the seat before covering it.

Fold the fabric around the seat and attach it.

fitting the chair seat on the fabric

I folded the fabric around the seat template, starting with the sides. Then I taped the two edges to the back of the seat.

fitting the chair seat on the fabric

After the sides were attached, I folded the front and back in and taped those to the back.

I did the sides first so that the front and back would cover the edges when they were folded over.

If you do the front first, you’ll see the folded sides at the front of the seat corners. It just looks better when you do the sides first.

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Put the seat in the chair.

The cushion fits into the seat space after trimming it

Once I had the seat covered, I placed it into the chair and pressed it in so that it fit snugly.

It was level with the top edge of the chair seat section because I had left the little piece of foam that came with the seat out of the mix.

If you do want a puffier seat, you can do that by adding some cotton onto the seat cushion before you cover it.

You don’t want to extend the puffiness over the edges of the seat, though. That’s going to make it harder to get the seat into the chair.

The finished chairs.

two chairs with matching seats

The finished chairs would work well in a traditional room, and if you do make more seats with different fabric patterns, you can change them out to match different room decor.

two chairs with matching seats

I used this striped fabric with rosesOpens in a new tab. to make the extra covers, and they would work well with another traditional room design.

For a more modern design, just use different fabric designs, or a solid color to match a lot of room themes.

Kara Buntin

Kara is a former wedding cake decorator who has won numerous awards for her cake designs and gingerbread houses. She currently owns a cake decorating supply business at

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