Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Outdoor Cushion Project
I've been dying to show you my brand-new-made-by-me patio cushions but it seems Mother Nature doesn't think you need to see them in action. Our poor patio set-- ten years old, not ready to be tossed but not quite worthy of hundreds of dollars of new cushions - won't know how to feel when the weather finally does turn warm and gets to be all pretty again! I also made new cushions for our three piece wicker set. It didn't really need them, but they wouldn't have matched, and I knew that would bug me.
Outdoor fabric from Fabric.com...about $8/yd and two spools of thread- all for less than $70. I was very, very fortunate in that we were able to re-use the foam from the old cushions. Buying new foam would have been the deal breaker. Outdoor foam is really expensive. I didn't price it out all the way, but would have cost an easy $150. Our original cushions had a bottom and a back. I wasn't really feeling like making a full back piece, so I used the batting from the old backs, folded it in half, and made small pillows for the chairs.
So, all in all... 6 chair bottoms, 6 chair pillows, and 3 pads for the wicker set. I used these instructions from Sew4Home as my guide. I did NOT make the piping. That seemed... exhausting. It was not a hard project, at all, but took some time.
Hopefully, SOON, we can take our cushions outside and enjoy them! I think they'll go nicely with a bottle of chardonnay, don't you?