Outdoor cushions are firm, weather-resistant pillows or seat pads that are placed on top of outdoor furniture seating, such as benches and loveseats. To make them more pleasant to sit on. These cushions are usually made of durable high-quality fabric on an outdoor patio to protect them from the sun, rain, and even snow.
With a few basic equipment and these procedures, you can produce a great outdoor waterproof cushion for your tiny outdoor space!
Step 1: Make a design plan.
Before you go out and buy high-quality fabric or pull out your sewing machine. Are you sewing fresh covers for existing cushions or constructing your own patio cushions? Do you want to make a whole cushion set, including bench cushions, sofa cushions, chaise lounge cushions, back cushions, throw pillows, and lumbar pillows? Are you including extra details like a zipper, ties, velcro attachments, or a slipcover opening in your design? What dimensions should your box cushions be to fit correctly on your bench or chair? To decide the best size and style, sketch out your drawings on paper.
Step 2: Purchase/prepare needed materials.
Fabric for upholstered furniture. Choose a heavy-duty fabric for outdoor cushion covers that will withstand the elements all year, such as canvas twill or similar fabric sold in high quality fabric manufacturers in the United Kingdom under the term “outdoor fabric.”
Cushion inserts or an old cushion can be used. If you’re constructing your own furniture cushions, start by purchasing a comfortable cushion insert and cutting it to size with a saw or fabric shears.
Machine for sewing. This sewing project will go significantly faster if you use a sewing machine. Sewing with a sewing machine will allow you to sew four straight, even lines for your cushion, resulting in a professional-looking end product. You can stitch the cushions by hand if you don’t have a sewing machine.
Needle and thread for stitching. Whether you use a sewing machine or not, you’ll need a sewing needle and thread to finish the backs of your chair pads. Choose a thread color that complements your high-quality fabric.
Pins for sewing. Sewing pins help you achieve straighter lines by holding the cloth in place before you sew. For this project, you’ll only need a few pins.
Step 3: Fabric should be cut and pinned.
Place your cushion insert or an old cushion on top of your high-quality fabric with the right side facing up. Then, to surround the cushion, fold the fabric over the top (the fabric should be wrong-side-out or right-sides-in).
Trim the three open sides to a 14-inch seam allowance on each side of the cushion, with the seams meeting in the middle of each side.
Pin the sides together with sewing pins, or transfer the project to the sewing machine and sew with a 14-inch allowance.
Step 4: Sew the sides together.
Take the cushion insert out of the fabric. Along the two side seams, sew a straight line (the fabric should still be right-sides-in). Re-insert the cushion insert into the fabric from the inside out. If it doesn’t fit snugly enough, sew fresh side seams to tighten the fit.
Step #5: Complete the corners.
Place a pin along the line of the cushion edge to mark the line you’ll sew. With your cushion insert still inside the fabric, find the two front corners where your high-quality fabric drapes over the corner of the cushion insert. To make clean-looking box corners on your cushion, remove the cushion insert and sew along the pins.
Step 6: Finish the back.
Finally, turn the fabric over to the correct side. Check the fit and corners of your cushion insert. Fold the backsides over each other, tuck the exposed edge under to make a smooth line. Then hand stitch the seam closed using a needle and thread. The stitching does not need to be exact because the back will not be visible during normal use.
Additional Tips: How To Choose The Right Materials!
Tip #1: If you don’t have an awning or umbrella to shield your cushions from the sun, use a lighter or fade-resistant high-quality fabric to minimize sun damage.
Tip#2: If your cushions will be exposed to a lot of rain, water-resistant fabric is an excellent choice to avoid mildew, or you can apply a waterproof spray after you’ve sewed them to help seal them.
Tip#3: If you’re replacing the cushions on your patio set’s outdoor dining chairs, choose patterned high-quality fabric rather than solid colors, which will disguise spills and stains better. Many people may purchase additional high-quality fabric for their outdoor chair cushions in order to produce matching outdoor pillow coverings.
Tip #4: Replace the old cushion with a new one. You don’t need to remove the covers to use the filler if you’re making new cushion covers to go over old cushions. Simply sew your replacement cushions over the tops of the old covers.
Tip #5: If you want to sew zippers into your pillows, you’ll need a special zipper foot in addition to the usual presser foot on your sewing machine.
Add some outdoor pillows, concrete planters, and an outside rug, and you’re good to go! The addition of these cushions to the outdoor benches completes the aesthetic and makes the room far more pleasant.
Once you’ve mastered this cushion-making technique, you’ll be able to modernize your outdoor environment while also using the same concepts to make cushions for a variety of other seating alternatives. Good luck with your stitching!