Then I bought this cute new polka dot fabric and feeling inspired again, decided to take another approach. I cut the fabric to fit on the chair and then tucked the edges and stapled it all down. MUCH easier than my previous attempt.
But this left ugly staples visible. So I simply glued red ribbon down with my glue gun. Now, I realize this is not the most professional approach. But it worked. I think it looks pretty cute. And from far away it looks ever better!