Make Your Own Patio Chair CushionsContributed By: BAG Editors
Outdoor patio chair cushions add comfort and style to your outdoor patio furniture. The only problem with patio furniture chair cushions is that the cushions wear out faster than the furniture itself and so they need to periodically be replaced. How often you need replacement patio chair cushions will depend in part on how much you sit on them, whether they remain outside all the time or are stored when not in use, the quality of the original patio cushions, as well as other factors. But if you find that it is time for you to get patio chair replacement cushions and you want to save some money on what typical cushions cost, then you can make your own patio chair cushions if you know how to sew.
The great thing about making your own patio chair cushions is that you have more options about the type of fabric used, as well as the color and pattern, and you can make the chair cushions as thick or thin as you would like. You will also save a lot of money over purchasing them in a store, unless you wind up finding really cheap patio chair cushions. The problem, however, with most cheap patio chair cushions is that they don’t hold up well because they are made poorly. If you find high quality discount patio chair cushions or patio chair cushions on sale or clearance, they may be a good investment, but discounted patio chair cushions are sometimes hard to find except during the off-season when you don’t really need them anymore.
So, if you can sew, these directions will show you how to make patio chair cushions in just a few easy steps so you can have your own custom patio chair cushions at a fraction of the price of what it would cost for someone else to make them for you.
How to Make Your Own Patio Chair Cushions:
- First measure the area for your patio chair cushions so you know how much foam and fabric to purchase. You should do this by taking separate measurements of the seat area, as well as the back of the furniture if your cushions will be used up the back of the chair. Measure width by length to get appropriate measurements. Keep in mind how thick the foam you will be using will be because that will affect how wide the resulting cushion is and how much fabric you need. If you have an old patio chair cushion, then the measuring process is simplified because you can use the measurements of the old patio chair cushion.
- Select the patio chair cushion fabric you want to use and the thickness of the foam. The thicker the patio chair cushion foam, the more comfortable it will be, but if the cushion has to bend around any areas it will be harder to do if it’s too thick. Thick patio chair seat cushions also take longer to dry than thinner ones. It is important to select fabric that is durable and fast drying and foam that will not retain moisture and will hold up to constant sitting, or your patio chair cushions will flatten or get mildew or moldy and you’ll have to replace them again soon. You also need to purchase a zipper for each cushion that is just slightly shorter than the length of your cushion (about 2 inches or so).
- Once you have all of you materials, you need to measure and cut your fabric. Lay your fabric out along the foam (assuming the foam has already been cut to fit in the store or otherwise cut your foam to size first) and add ½ – 1” of clearance for the seams on each side. Make sure to take into account the thickness of the sides of the foam.
- After the material has been measured and cut, the two sides for the front and back of the patio chair cushion need to be sewn together inside out on three sides, leaving a seam allowance of ½ – 1” all the way around, just like you would sew a pillow. On the fourth side, the zipper should be sewn in to complete the cushions. Patio furniture cushions benefit from double stitching the seams for added durability, since they take a lot of wear and tear.
- Turn the fabric right-side out and stuff the foam into the patio chair cushion cover. You may need to use a long pointy object, like a knitting needle, to make sure the corners of the patio chairs cushions covers are properly pushed all the way out so the foam can go all the way to the edge. In the corners, you may also need to cut some of the seam allowance so you get crisp, clean edges on the corners. Then zip up the open side.
- If you are making highback patio chair cushions or lounge chair cushions, you may need to sew tiebacks onto the edges of the cushions so they can be tied to the furniture. This will prevent sagging of the cushion. Tiebacks can be sewn onto any type of patio chair cushion for added stability and to prevent them from blowing in the wind.
- Enjoy your cushions! Because these cushions are made with zippered openings, you can easily remove the fabric whenever needed to clean them or to replace them with other fabric without having to replace the foam.
Most people spend a great deal of time sitting on their patio chairs. Cushions add comfort and style to outdoor patio furniture, and while they can be rather expensive to purchase, patio chair cushions can be made by almost anyone that has basic sewing skills. If you can sew, you can make patio chair seat cushions, patio dining chair cushions, highback patio chair cushions, or even patio lounge chair cushions. Don’t let the shape or size of your patio furniture scare you out of making patio chair cushions for them. The process is the same, no matter what size or shape the cushions are – only the amount of materials needed changes.
By following these basic steps of how to make patio chair cushions, you can save yourself money and can add interest to your backyard and garden décor since your fabric choices are much less limited than standard cushion choices. Do-it-yourself or DIY patio chair cushions allow you to have custom cushions without the custom price.