Today, I’m going to show you a super easy, no sew way to cover your faded and tired outdoor cushion covers.
Shower Curtain or Tablecloth?
I’ve had the same patio cushions for over 6 years. Yes, they are a little faded and holey but they do the job. I wanted to brighten them up and thought that a shower curtain or outdoor tablecloth might do the trick. I’ve sewn outdoor cushion covers using a shower curtain in the past and this worked perfectly but sewing was not an option this time around as my machine needs a tune-up.
Yellow Paint Fail
My heart was really set on yellow but I was not able to find anything remotely to my liking in the stores. I even resorted to trying to paint the cushions with leftover yellow paint! Well, that didn’t turn out so well!
I’m pretty sure this would have worked if I had used a paint better designed for this but, of course, I used what I had on hand.
Here are some links if you would like to try your hand at painting your cushions! These people got better results than me!
https://playdatesparties.com/spray-painted-patio-cushions/ Play Dates to Parties
http://paperandfox.com/painting-fabric-furniture/ Paper and Fox
Outdoor Fabric and No Sew Velcro
I gave up on the shower curtain idea and finally found this fun orange outdoor fabric on clearance at Fabricland for $5/metre. One meter was enough for me to do both a seat and back cushion.
Next, I needed a way to close the edges. I initially thought of using fabric adhesive to glue Velcro in place but then I found Peel and Stick No Sew Velcro! In all my years loitering at the fabric store, I had never seen this stuff!
Making a No Sew Outdoor Cushion Cover
Wrapping your seat cushions is sort of like wrapping a present.
- Lay your fabric down on a hard surface print side down.
- Lay your cushion on top of the fabric, leaving enough fabric on one side do double over.
- Cut the fabric, adding about two inches all around
- For clean edges, fold and iron all edges in about ¼ inch . You might have to turn your fabric over and iron the edges again so they stay down
- Lay your fabric down again and put the cushion on it
- Start wrapping it like a present
- Peel and stick the Velcro pieces so they match up and create a closure
- Use smaller pieces of Velcro do stick the corners
- Secure the two ends with more Velcro
- Flip it over and admire!
Voila, you have a refreshed outdoor cushion without breaking out the sewing machine!
Bonus: This method would also work for covering a bench cushion.