Looking to update your outdoor patio furniture with new cushions? Look no further!
I’m going to show you step-by-step how easy it is to make new covers for those faded, time-worn, covered in bird poop and who knows what else, outdoor cushions!
Making new covers made my outdoor furniture look brand new again! (Plus I spray painted the actual chair, again…good for another year!)
I purchased this set at Target years ago. It came with several pieces and the price was right. I bought it when I had an in-ground pool at my old house and needed lots of furniture to fill the space around it. Only then it was white with light green cushions.
Since then it’s had two wardrobe changes, not including this one, and a new paint job. I give it another light coat of spray paint each summer to freshen it up.
Maybe some day I’ll get a new set, but when it still looks this good, why bother?
The before is really just so sad:
And the deck…gross! Not to worry though, I spent the past three days out there. (And believe me, my arms are not happy right now!) A little demo and lots of elbow grease and it’s looking so much better. How does it end up like this??
I’ll be sharing my deck area as soon as I finish, hopefully I’ll finish it this weekend!
Ok so here we go!
First, you need to select your fabric:
I prefer to use stripes or something with a geometric pattern to make cutting a straight line easier. I also like to use colors that are naturally found in nature for a more cohesive look. These are outdoor fabrics I found at JoAnn Fabrics. If you don’t have a JoAnn’s close by, I also found a few similar options online (affiliate links):
Next you’ll want to lay out your cushion so that folded over, the fabric covers the cushion from top to bottom. (Here I removed the old cover, but I didn’t remove them all. They actually keep their shape better if you keep the old covers on.)
This fabric is 54″ wide. I was barely able to cut enough for two cushions side-by-side. Your sides only need to be long enough to meet each other in the middle with a 1/4″ seam allowance for both top and bottom.
You’ll want them snug so they lay nicely!
Next, with right sides together (back of fabric facing out), I pinned the side seam on both sides:
Then, also starting at the folded edge, I sewed straight from folded edge to the open edge on both sides:
I’m not sure why I bothered pinning it all the way. After about a third of the way, I took out the rest of the pins and followed the line of the fabric. (See why stripes are the way to go?)
Next you’ll need to put your cover back on the cushion (still inside out) and pin your two corner seams. These will be the front corners of your cushion:
Here’s your corner seam after sewing, both inside-out and right-side out:
You can trim the extra fabric, but I didn’t bother. I didn’t reinforce my seams either because I don’t plan on removing them to wash them. I’ll just make new ones again when these have had it.
Insert your cushion again and tada! Perfect!
Just look at that beautiful corner! And you can barely make out the side seam because of the stripes!
To finish off the back of the cushion, fold it like you’re wrapping a present:
And hand sew it up:
Here’s to another fabulous year!
My assistant is texting his friends while on the job again.
My pillows got a makeover too…
Oh how we love the after:
So new!! (But we know better!!)
I wasn’t crazy about the stripe at first because I used a stripe last year. I really wanted to use the geometric fabric I used on the pillow for the cushions, but there were only two yards left on the bolt.
The stripe is so classic, though and it is really easy to sew with, so I’m happy with how it turned out!
I stuck with the same color scheme as last year because it matches my awesome recycled plastic (what?!) outdoor rug which I’ll share with my deck makeover.
It took me almost eight yards to cover all the cushions. That includes a total of eight cushions. (You’ll see the rest when I reveal my new and improved deck!)
That’s approximately one yard (54″ wide) per cushion, but I was able to cut two side-by-side in my fabric. These are quite thick so you should be able to do the same.
Update: My Deck Makeover post is up now. You can see how the whole set turned out!
This is only part one of my sew-easy outdoor cushion lesson. I kick it up a notch with my settee cushion covers in my entry foyer courtyard thing-a-ma-jig. (Seriously we don’t know what to call it.)
I’m sharing those in a separate post here.
Here’s a sneak peak:
That was pretty easy right?
Hopefully you are feeling inspired!
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