Making Outdoor Cushion Covers Cheaply

It was hot outside today.  My thermometer read 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 C), which is warm for February in Texas.  However, I’m not complaining.  The dry, sunny weather allowed me to work outside in the garden for most of the day, which also helped me to avoid cleaning the house.  Yippee!  I planted a clematis and did some clipping of winter-killed foliage.

Remember those two outdoor wood chairs I recently stained?  I needed to cover their cushions.

My goal is to create an inviting outdoor seating area without going into credit card debt.  If purchased online, cushion/seat covers for my chairs are $35-$40 per cover, and I have four cushions. That price doesn’t include shipping either.  I can’t purchase the covers locally because of their large size (26” x 26”).

The history behind the previous seat covers is that they were eaten by ants.  I stored them in metal garbage cans behind a shed.  The cans kept the cushions dry, but didn’t keep the ants out. Munch-munch!

Last week I visited one of our local thrift stores.  Proceeds from this particular store fund the needs of battered women and the victims of violence.  The store, itself, is situated in an old church building.  Should have taken a photo of it, but I didn’t.

Back to the thrift store:  Someone had just donated two huge boxes of fabric so I rummaged through both boxes and managed to find some heavy-duty orange yardage, but honestly, the color didn’t appeal to me nor did the idea of hand-stitching another four covers.

The truth is I can’t sew on a sewing machine.  It’s almost a genetic defect.  Why?

My great-grandfather was a tailor so he did all the family’s sewing.  As a consequence, none of his three children learned to sew and neither did his grandchildren or his great-grandchildren (me).   I am able to sew well by hand, but am clueless when it come to a sewing machine.  While this may seem like a handicap, it’s not the end of the world.

I decided against the orange fabric, but continued to look around the store.  This is when I came across three woven Mexican blankets priced at $3 each.  Could they be used to cover the cushions?



After washing & drying all of them, I wrapped one blanket around each cushion and pinned the blankets from underneath using my adult daughter’s former diaper/nappy pins.–I knew I’d find another use for those someday!

I admit the blankets need some adjusting and the cushions need to be flattened, but I don’t think they look too shabby.  Because I was only able to purchase three blankets, not four, I bought a fourth one online for about $13 and that includes shipping. It hasn’t arrived yet.

For four seat covers, the total cost was around $23.  Now then, if ants, squirrels, birds, dogs or people eat them, well, it’s just not that big of a deal.

Note – I plan to overhaul this area so the green and white glider likely may  get moved..

2 thoughts on “Making Outdoor Cushion Covers Cheaply

  1. That blanket is fabulous. Looks like it was made for the chair. Terrific with the chiminea. 30 degrees Celsius in winter! It was colder in Melbourne today. Only 21 C and it’s still summer. Kat

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