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How to re-cover wicker chair cushions without sewing

Updated February 21, 2017

Don't let faded or dingy cushions detract from the beauty of your porch or patio. Cover the cushions on your wicker chairs with fresh new fabric to quickly spruce up your outdoor room. Use lightweight fabric and safety pins to fashion quick temporary cushion covers. Create a shabby chic look for your porch with a floral-print chintz cushion on a white wicker, or use a tropical print with a dark background for the natural wicker chairs around your pool.

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  1. Wrap the tape measure around the middle of the cushion to measure the distance around the cushion. Multiply this measurement by .7. Add two inches for hems. If your pillow is 50 inches around, multiply 50 inches by .7 to get 35 inches. Add 2 inches to get 37 inches.

  2. Cut a square of fabric with sides the size you calculated.

  3. Iron down 1 inch on all four sides of the square of fabric. This border will keep the fabric from unravelling when it is pinned.

  4. Lay the fabric right-side-down on a large surface, with one corner at the top. Center the pillow on the fabric with an edge at the top. The fabric will be diagonal to the pillow.

  5. Fold the top corner of the fabric down over the pillow and the bottom corner up over the pillow. Pin the corners together where they meet in the centre, using a safety pin.

  6. Fold the side corners in, and pin them together in the same way.

  7. Use additional safety pins to pin the edges of the fabric together from the centre to each corner. Pull the fabric taut as you pin. The last pin should be on the bottom of the pillow, 1 inch from the corner.

  8. Warning

    This will only work with square chair cushions. Remove any fabric or stuffing that has become mildewed or mouldy. The mould or mildew can spread into the wicker and cause damage.

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Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Lightweight fabric
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Safety pins

About the Author

Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.

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