How to Make Cushions for Patio Furniture

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How to Make Cushions for Patio Furniture

Patio furniture does not come cheap. But what if your outdoor furniture has seen better days. If you have to leave your patio furniture outside year round, it can really reek havoc on your cushions even though they are usually designed to stay outside. Everything eventually needs replaced however it does not have to cost you a fortune. You can make you own replacement cushions for your patio furniture and save yourself a bundle in the process and here's how.

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Things you need

  • Foam (optional)
  • Batting (optional)
  • Outdoor fabric
  • Sewing Machine
  • Electric scissors

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    Start by removing the old fabric from the cushions. You can use it as a template for the new cushions. Use a seem ripper to remove the stitching so that you can lay the pieces out flat. If the old foam is still in good condition, you can reuse it. If not then you will have to purchase new foam. Or you can wrap the old foam with batting which will help to firm the cushions up somewhat.

    How to Make Cushions for Patio Furniture
  2. 2

    Lay the new fabric face down on a flat surface and place the old fabric face down on top. Pin the old fabric to the new fabric with sewing pins. Use electric scissors to cut out the new pieces of fabric. Cut out both a top and bottom piece for the cushion. Remove the sewing pins. Now pin the new pieces together with right sides together leaving one side open.

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    Sew the front and back fabric pieces together with a 5/8 inch seam, removing the pins as you sew. Turn the covers inside out. Insert the foam into the open end of the cover and sew it closed with a simple hand stitch.

Tips and warnings

  • If you must keep your patio furniture outside year round, cover the cushions with outdoor furniture cushion covers to make them last longer.

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