If you read my last post, Sew Easy Outdoor Cushion Covers (Part 1), you know how easy it is to give your outdoor furniture new life. You don’t need to be an expert with your machine to make simple covers for those old cushions, just a willingness to try!
In this episode (sounds like I’m ready for TV now ha ha ), I am kicking it up a notch. I’m sharing my new outdoor settee cushions. This is a tiny bit more difficult, but still really simple!
Take a look:
Cute, huh? (I need to think of more adjectives…darling? Adorable? How about pretty? Yes!)
…especially as compared to the before:
Oh the poor “before”, it didn’t stand a chance. She was crying out for some love, too!
As you can see, I covered the bottom cushion using the method shown in part 1. It’s just a little longer, but the steps are the same (and did I mention really easy?!)
However, the top of the back cushions have a curved detail that required a bit more work.
Note: This method is for any shape of cushion, even if yours have no curves.
Because this requires a separate piece for the sides, I decide to take advantage of the opportunity to liven it up with a coordinating fabric. I kind of wish now that I had done that with the bottom cushion also. Maybe next time!
To make this cushion cover I started out a bit differently:
With my fabric flat (two pieces together: one for the top and one for the bottom), I laid my cushion on top. This cushion is 20″ wide. I penciled the outline of the pillow stopping at 10″ (the center point). I also added 1/4″ to the sides for seam allowance.
If you have square cushions, you can just measure the length and width of the top of your originals and add 1/4 ” to each side!
Then I folded my fabric down the center lengthwise.
When I cut along the pencil lines and open it up, the curved part at the top is even on both sides:
Next I cut my side piece. The side of my cushion measures 3″ so I cut two 3 1/2″ wide pieces and sewed them together to get one piece long enough to wrap around the outside of the cushion plus about 1/2 an inch overlap.
Starting at the bottom, I pinned the side piece to the cushion right sides together (front and the back are the same so it doesn’t matter which one you start with).
I’ll be honest, I pinned this for the picture, but I preferred leaving it unpinned to avoid weird gathers. I just guided it through the machine together.
When I got to the corner, I sewed up to 1/4 ” from the edge then rotated my fabric, folded the flap at the top over to the left, and continued sewing down the next side:
If yours have a curved edge, try to keep the fabric lined up along the edge as you sew:
After attaching the side piece all the way around, I sewed the bottom seam where the two pieces met, together:
Now it’s time to attach the other side! Line up your other piece, remembering to put right sides together:
Another nice thing about using a stripe, is that you can use it as a guide to line up your fabrics. I can see that the bottom corner is right on that thick stripe, so I made sure the top corner lined up in the same spot.
Again, I did not pin it, I guided it all the way around to avoid any puckering.
I started at the bottom here also, but this time instead of starting in the middle, I started about 3 ” from the edge to leave an opening to insert my cushion. I sewed all the way around and stopped about 3″ past the other bottom edge.
I turned it right side out and reinserted my cushion, then hand sewed the opening closed.
And here it is again before:
We’re always talking about how paint can change a piece drastically. Sewing is no different! And honestly, it wasn’t that hard, was it?
If you’ve got awesome sewing skills, it’s not too much more difficult to add a little piping. For my outdoor cushions that I replace pretty often, this simple cover suits me just fine!
I’ve shown you two very simple ways to give those old faded outdoor cushions a new life. I hope I’ve inspired you to dust off that sewing machine and get started!
Soon I’ll be sharing this outdoor space. This is part of the walk up to our home. I’ll share what ‘s so special about this unique space then, too!
See you again soon 🙂
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