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Camping Chair Repair Hack

Try this Camping Chair Repair Hack to extend the life of a worn-out lawn chair.
two camping chairs with covers

We have a pair of green canvas folding camping chairs that we use a lot. We really like them because they fold flat for easy storage in our trailer.

Supportive Folding Chair

They also provide good support for our backs. Those sports chairs that you stuff into a bag do not provide back support as these do.

The best thing is that we paid $5 for them at a garage sale.

We like these specific chairs because when they get wet the fabric dries very quickly.

The fabric that goes across the back keeps our backs warm as they face away from the fire.

The chairs have a few small holes burned in them from where embers flew out of the fire.
fire burn holes in seat of a camping chair

I considered replacing the fabric, but could not figure out how to do it.

Camping Chair Repair Hack

I decided to sew a cover to wrap around the seat of each chair.

These removable covers are machine washable.

The cover is quite thick, so it will really extend the life of the chair.

Use Fabric to Match with Your Chair

I used a heavy decorative canvas fabric that I had on hand. The polka-dot print matched the green of the chair.

camping chair repaired

You could use just about any non-stretchy fabric for this project. Consider using an old sheet or other item you have on hand to keep the cost down.

Get detailed instructions for this camping chair repair hack below.

This simple sewing project took about 20 minutes for the two covers.

The wrap is very easy to put on. Just wrap the fabric around the chair and Velcro it closed.

How do you think it turned out?
camping chair repair

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Yield: 1 cover

DIY Camping Chair Repair

DIY Camping Chair Repair

Lengthen the life of an old canvas lawn chair with this simple chair cover.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty fairly easy
Estimated Cost $3


  • Fabric
  • Velcro


  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine


  1. Measure the distance around the seat of your chair. Add 3 to 4 inches to this measurement for overlap.
  2. Folder fabric in half lengthwise and cut out the measurement you just came up with.
  3. With right sides together, stitch closed the side seam. I used a serger.
  4. Turn the fabric right side out.
  5. Serge or stitch closed the open ends.
  6. Sew the Velcro in place on each end, making sure to stitch them on the proper side to the they may overlap and close.
  7. Wrap the cover around the chair, sticking the Velcro together on the bottom side.

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brian mellea

Saturday 18th of July 2020

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Let's Camp S'more

Sunday 19th of July 2020

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brian mellea

Saturday 18th of July 2020

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holly taylor

Friday 19th of April 2019

I signed up for your newsletter but did not receive my camping guide?


Monday 22nd of April 2019

Hi Holly, We were camping over the long weekend and just got back. I will need to follow up on this tomorrow as to why the camping trip planners are not automatically being sent out. Thank you for making us aware of this issue. ~Eric & Diana

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