Making Cushions for Patio Furniture

Everyone has that piece of patio furniture that is starting to fade out and crack in the cushion. The trouble is that most people don’t want to spend the money to replace it so they just keep putting it off until they absolutely have to, or they start decorating it in duct tape to make it last even longer.

The truth is you don’t have to replace the whole piece of furniture; instead, you can simply re-cushion them without too much trouble. Or you can even add a cushion to a piece that never had one to begin with to make it more comfortable.

Making Cushions for Patio Furniture

Making Cushions for Patio Furniture

The first thing you’re going to need to do is measure the piece of furniture so that you know how much material you’re going to need to purchase. You’ll need to know exactly how big the cushion will be and if you’re going to be adding a back or arm rests as well. Then, you’ll need to decide on the thickness of the cushions you want to create. The thicker the cushion you want the more material you’ll have to purchase, so keep that in mind.

When it comes to the materials for your cushion, the choice is up to you and your needs. You can buy foam padding for the cushions or a more traditional material instead. You’ll need to make sure any foam padding is pliable enough to cover the entire seat and be able to fold around the back and sides to cover the whole seat. The fabric material has an ever greater variety for you to choose from and you should consider where this patio furniture will be placed when deciding the type of material you’re going to purchase.

Once you have your measurements and your materials, all you have to do is create your pattern, cut the materials out to match your pattern and begin putting the whole things together. When you have everything cut, you’ll need to sew them together inside out. This will keep the seams on the inside of your cushion and won’t have them fraying from wear and tear. You can sew your zippers on and then turn it right side out and put your foam cushion inside. Zip it up and place it on the chair to see how much money you have saved.

Jun 5th, 2011 | Posted in Patio Furniture
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