How To Make Your Own Patio Furniture Cushions (Step-By-Step w/ Video)

Are you thinking about replacing the cushions on your patio furniture?

Would you like to save a little money on this project by doing it yourself?

Do you feel like you know your way around a sewing machine, at least a little bit?

In this article, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about how to make your own patio furniture cushions. You’ll learn about all the different types of materials you need to accomplish this task, and you’ll be able to follow our step by step instructions to make your cushions out of any fabric you like. By the time you finish reading, you’ll be ready to go out and grab all the materials you need to get this job done ASAP.

Making your own patio furniture cushions is an easy job as long as you know how to thread a sewing machine and use it to sew a few straight lines. This job is a simple DIY project that shouldn’t take you more than an hour or two at most to complete, depending on how many cushions you need to make.

It can be a fun and exciting challenge to make your own patio furniture cushions, but one of the best reasons to do so is because you can easily choose your fabric and pick something that matches your own unique sense of style and backyard décor, too. So get ready to learn how to complete this great DIY project you can use in your own home right away!

Materials Needed

  • Seat cushion foam
  • Fabric for outdoor use
  • Note: You may want to choose upholstery fabric for its durability, but be sure you go with something that’s safe for use in rain, snow, wind, and direct sunlight too. Some people prefer to use vinyl fabric with a texture similar to a tablecloth for this purpose. In the end, the decision is yours, but remember that some types of fabric simply aren’t going to hold up well to use in the elements, even if you keep your patio furniture under a cover.
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  • Quilt batting
  • Heavy-duty upholstery thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Note: Since these cushions are for use and not just for decorative purposes, they need to be sturdy enough to hold up to a lot of wear and tear. This means they need to be finished with a sewing machine and can’t just be hand-sewn. If you prefer to make pillows for decorative purposes, however, there’s no reason why you can’t simply hand sew them.
  • Needles
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive craft spray
  • Ruler or craft tape measure
  • Heavy-duty Velcro
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  • Note: You can purchase traditional Velcro that you attach with a sewing machine, or you can buy self-adhesive Velcro. While the adhesive variety is easier to work with, it tends to pull away from the fabric often, especially when used outdoors. For this project, we recommend sticking to the traditional variety if at all possible. You may also put in a zipper instead, but this is a more complicated process.

Directions

  • 1
    First, measure your patio furniture’s seat size. If you have an existing cushion already, you can measure that to get the perfect fit for your new cushion. If not, measure the length and width of the seat of a chair, or two or three seats for a loveseat or sofa.
  • 2
    Go the craft store and find the foam section. If your furniture is a traditional size, you may be able to find precut seat cushion foam in the sizes you need. If not, however, you’ll need to buy a larger piece and cut it to fit your needs.
  • 3
    Take your quilt batting and cut it long enough to completely wrap around the cushion with about an inch extra. If you’re cutting more than one cushion cover, use this piece as a guideline for how much to cut for the others.
  • 4
    Turn the foam over and spray one side with spray adhesive.
  • 5
    Stick the foam down onto the batting on one of the ends, about an inch away from the edge.
  • 6
    Spray the other side with adhesive and pull the batting tightly over it, sticking it down as well.
  • 7
    Finally, spray the edge of the foam and finish folding the batting over.
  • 8
    Make sure it’s glued down well and then cut off the excess batting fabric.
  • 9
    Cut your fabric into a strip that’s long enough to cover the cushion, the same way you did with the batting. Leave an extra inch of width.
  • 10
    Cut panels for the other three sides of the cushion, leaving about an inch extra on each of these as well.
  • 11
    Hold the fabric with right sides together and pin the three panels for the other sides around the edges.
  • 12
    Sew up all but one side.
  • 13
    Hem the fabric on the open side with a ¾-inch hem using your sewing machine.
  • 14
    On the last side, pin the Velcro so that one piece of it is on the edge of the bottom piece of the seat cushion fabric and the other piece is on the edge of the open flap.
  • 15
    Sew the Velcro to the fabric so that it’s easy to open and close when you want to remove it.
  • 16
    Turn the fabric right side out and slide the cushion foam and batting inside.
  • 17
    Close it with the Velcro and you’re all set!

Conclusion

Do you think you’re ready to get started making your own seat cushions for your patio furniture now? There are a few other ways you can go about this process, but the steps listed above can provide you with one of the easiest opportunities to get this project accomplished. Be sure you follow the steps carefully, and if you’re unclear on any of them, don’t hesitate to look up how to accomplish them. There are tons of great YouTube videos out there that can help you do just that.

Here are a few tips to help your crafting project go as smoothly as possible:

  • Get everything cut and ready to go before you get started. This will make it easier for you to reach the supplies you need when you need them.
  • Always double-check your measurements. If you’re a little bit off, you may not have much luck getting your project finished correctly, and you may have more of a headache later on down the line.
  • Always pin your fabric first. It can be tempting to skip this step and simply try to hold the fabric together when you’re sewing, but this is only going to end up backfiring in most situations.

Keep these tips in mind and you’re sure to have a great set of homemade cushions in no time!

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