It all started when a neighbour asked if I would mind recovering their set of patio furniture cushions. The original cream-coloured cushions were getting dirty and worn from regular use at their lake cottage. The fabric was thin and ripped easily, so she was hoping to have new covers made from heavy-duty outdoor fabric.
I measured them and told her how much fabric to buy, and didn’t give it another thought. I hadn’t sewn with outdoor fabrics before, but I’d certainly made a lot of throw pillow covers.
When she dropped off the fabric, I was surprised by the weight of the blue waterproof one she’d chosen for the seat cushions. It was like carrying a roll of carpet down the stairs! I started to worry about my ancient Singer Simple, and if the little guy could handle something so heavy.
In the end, of course, Mr. Singer pulled through for me. It helped that each cushion cover only require two lines of stitching — just a straight line up each of the sides.
Outdoor fabrics can be pricey, but it’s usually still much cheaper to recover existing cushions than it is to buy brand-new ones — especially when you have a full set of furniture.
If you’re making covers for a bunch of cushions at once, it’s much faster to do them in batches. Once you’ve tried one cover on your “model” (the cushion) and it looks good, turn it inside out and use it as a template for the others.
I like to line mine up next to each other, and just fold and pin the fabric so they all match up. Then — magic! They’re all done much faster.
Once all 12 cushion covers were finished, they went straight back to their home on beautiful Shortt’s Lake.
The bold colours will hide the dirt better than the old pale cream cushions, and the waterproof blue fabric on the seat cushions will dry quickly — always be ready for the next wet bathing suit.