How to re-cover patio furniture cushions

You know you’ve completed a hardcore sewing project when your arms are totally exhausted at the end.

That’s how I felt after sewing the patio cushion covers I did for this week’s My Handmade Home column in the Chronicle Herald.

I was sweating as we wrestled furiously on the carpet, each of us struggling to win. It was strong, but it was no match for me. With one final shove, I beat it into submission and fell back against the floor, exhausted.

Yes, you might say that sewing with waterproof outdoor fabric is a workout.

But! They’re done, and they’re gorgeous. If you have yucky old cushions on your patio furniture, I would highly recommend sewing these removable cushion covers. No zippers, buttons, or snaps — just pockets.

View the full tutorialΒ 

Check out the full tutorial (with step-by-step pictures) in my DIY column.


One Comment on “How to re-cover patio furniture cushions

  1. Be careful what outf
    Door fabric you get. I just covered pillows for outside, used them once for 15 minutes. Rested my arm on one and now have a nasty chemical burn on my arm, red and very sore. Three days later no relief after treatment. Found out fabric made overseas, and also many made in America that has a water resistant finish have been treated with formaldehyde! My covers are now in the garbage, I am wearing long sleeves outside in 85 degree weather to protect my sore arm, and I am reading all labels on fabric very carefully. Be very carefull.

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