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TUTORIAL: Kids Ikea Poang Slipcover

September 22, 2011

So we recently bought this Poang chair from IKEA, for R. We have one each for L and I in our bedrooms, so she got a kick out of having the same chair!

Unfortunately, the chair for kids is not very stylish!  Unlike the big people chairs that come with lots of fabric options, the toddler chair comes with just this plain off-white option.

SOOOOOOO……I decided to turn THIS:

…into THIS!

And that gave me a really happy face!

And lots of hugs!

Pretty cool right?

And I did it all in about 3 hours.  So not that bad!

Wanna make one?

Here’s the tute…


Alright, so start with figuring out what fabric you want to use.  You need a front and back fabric, but the back fabric is essentially not seen once the cushion is on the chair.  I went with this super cute robot fabric which is 100% cotton and kind of thicker than normal, so that it would stand up to some rough play.

So this is me measuring….luckily you don’t have to do this part since I already did!

These are the fabric pieces you need:

1 Front & 1 back fabric: 16.25 x 35 inches each

Note: I forgot to account for how I was going to get the cushion into the slipcover, and halfway through putting this together added a zipper to the bottom of the cover.  It works, but is not the cutest.  I am going to work on making another one that has a flap like a pillow sham and will put the measurements for that up once I have them.

There is a top and bottom flap that are used to hook the cushion onto the chair base.  These two pieces are trapezoids as you can see in the picture below.  The original cushion has velcro along the bottom flap – I did not do this, and it works just fine without it.

This diagram shows the measurements for the flap pieces (in inches).

measurements to sew your own toddler poang chair slipcover

Note: ALL seam allowances are 1/2 inch.

Once you have cut out the flap pieces, hem the longest edge an inch.  You can either serge the edge then fold over an inch and sew in place, or you can fold down 1/4 inch and then another 1 inch and sew the edge.

Next, you want to lay all the fabric pieces together and pin in place.

First put the back fabric, right side UP.

On top of that, put the top flap and bottom flap with the 16.25 inch edge along the top and bottom edge of the back piece.


Next put the FRONT fabric on top of it all, with the right side DOWN and pin in place.

This picture below is with the whole thing turned upside down.  I cut my front fabric piece too large, so i wanted that on the bottom when I was pinning.

Then you want to sew around 3 edges: the sides and top.

As you can see below, you want to sew along the dotted edge.  Note you need to leave a couple of inches on the bottom edge of the sides UNsewn so you can get the zipper in.

Note: unlike in my picture below, your fabric will all match up – my front piece is too big, which is why it is sticking out from the edges of the rest of my fabric.

Then you need to add the zipper.  If you already know how to add a zipper, great!

Otherwise I will try to describe what I did…sorry I don’t have pictures of this part.  I got carried away trying to make it work and forgot to take the pix!

Adding the zipper:

I used a 14 inch zipper, and I used one that could be taken apart and put back together.  Since it could be taken apart, I separated the sides, and sewed one to each side of the bottom edge of the slip cover.  I started with lining up the raw edges of the zipper and one side of the fabric, with right sides together and sewed near the edge.  Then I flipped the fabric over, and top stitched it into place to make a nice edge near the zipper.  Then I did the same for the other half of the zipper and the other fabric (i.e. one on the front fabric and one on the back fabric – both on the bottom edge of the slip cover).

Then, keeping the whole cover inside out, sew from the open edges to the zipper on each side.  On the side of the zipper that gets reattached, leave an inch unsewn so that you have some give in the fabric to reattach the zipper.  You can either leave this unsewn, or you can reattach the zipper, move the zipper handle in the middle of the zipper and then sew that last inch closed as best as you can.  It may be difficult because the zipper will be bulky.

But that’s it!  Once you have that done, clip the corners of the fabric, and then turn the cover right side out.  You can use a chopstick or pen/pencil to poke the corners out.

Then put your cushion in!

It is a snug fit, but that way it sits better on the chair.  I found the best way to get the cushion in was to fold it in half, then put the cushion in.  Once it is all the way in, unfold it and spread it out.  Just make sure you put the pillow side in first so that the zipper ends up at the bottom.

Then you can slip the top and bottom flaps onto the chair base, and you are done!

Now let your little one enjoy!!

Not bad right?  The whole thing shouldn’t take very long – the zipper is the most time consuming part =)

The chair looks cute from the back too!




And if you have any other ideas for how to close the slip cover without a zipper, please leave comment!

14 Comments leave one →
  1. lalita airan permalink
    September 22, 2011 7:04 AM

    Only you could think of this. Very proud of you

  2. September 22, 2011 6:01 PM

    So cute! I can’t sew at all so I would have tried velcro to close the opening!

  3. September 24, 2011 1:32 PM

    This is great! We just bought our daughter this chair for her first birthday and were wondering if anyone had a tutorial on the slip cover. Your post is very timely. I try to make all that I can to save us money so thank you!

    • September 24, 2011 3:01 PM

      Yay perfect! In glad I could help! If you want to try without te zipper instead, let me know and I’ll put some measurements together for you!

  4. January 28, 2012 6:02 PM

    This is exactly what I was looking for. I recently bought two of these for my two girls and I really wanted to cover them with a more fun and stain camouflage-ing fabric. For some reason I was thinking it was going to be hard but your tutorial really makes it look easy. Thanks for sharing!

    • January 30, 2012 9:34 AM

      great i hope it works out! fyi – i would try the slip cover method that I described at the end instead of the zipper. the zipper works, but every time I look at it now, i feel like it is a big eyesore!

  5. Cwtch permalink
    September 2, 2012 7:24 PM

    Wow – so easy, and quick to make. Thanks for sharing this 🙂 I made mine slightly differently with the back in two pieces overlapping in the middle (a bit like a pillow case) so I haven’t needed a zipper or velcro! 🙂

    • September 5, 2012 9:46 PM

      Sounds awesome! I’m planning on making a couple like that also. What size pieces did you use for the back? I was thinking 2 pieces, each 16.25 x 20. That would give about a 2 inch overlap after hemming the edges…is that similar to what you did?

  6. Tine permalink
    June 19, 2013 2:09 AM

    I used your tutorial a few months ago. And I ‘ve put the zipper on the back, underneath the topflap. To do this I cut the backfabric into two pieces, put a zipper in and then sewed the zipper between these two parts. Then I sewed the cover by putting al the fabrics on top of eachother and sew around.

    Thank you for your inspiring tutorial!!

  7. Gabster permalink
    June 2, 2014 3:43 PM

    i have not seen any other tutorial that is not complicated and easy!! i spent a whole day online the other day trying to find a DIY Poang slipcover.They were all so complicated especially when it comes to a non-sewing person? You were very detailed step by steps, even in your mishaps you made sure to tell us what we could do to fix it! I am so ready to by my own on sale fabric and make 3 slipcovers for my 3 chairs!!! Thank you very much, by the way, your pix are awesome too. They look like a professional took them (daughter). Now do you also make pillow cases by any chance? Wishful thinking!

    • June 22, 2014 9:08 AM

      Thanks! I’m so glad they helped u!

    • March 31, 2016 11:23 AM

      Gabster, I have a VERY easy pillowcase pattern if you are looking for one. It takes less than half an hour to make and they are fantastic! Especially for kids/grandkids, to make them for each holiday, etc!

  8. Laura permalink
    August 8, 2015 9:51 PM

    This was awesome! I bought one of these chairs for my second grade classroom last year and used it as it comes. An adult spilled something on top of the chair one night and the stains never quite came out of the original cushion. This summer I decided to make a cover for the pad and your tutorial was by far the least complicated and best explained. I have a machine but I don’t sew much aside from hems and I was worried about this. I shouldn’t have been. I followed your directions perfectly, with one exception. Instead of a zipper, I used sew on Velcro at the bottom. It’s perfect and I think it should be plenty durable to stand up to my second graders this year. Thanks!!!

    • August 14, 2015 2:57 PM

      Sounds like a great idea! I think I might try velcro next time too! Thanks 🙂

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