Monday, May 31, 2010

Patio Cushions

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Two of my outdoor patio chairs were in desperate need of new cushions.  I bought these chairs a few years ago and the original brick-red colored cushions had become really faded and discolored after a few summers in the sun.
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Here are the chairs before:
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There was no way I was going to put these chairs out again this year looking like this!
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Of course, this project was on my to-do list all winter but I somehow managed to put it off until last month.
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I started by using trace paper and tracing the existing cushions to make a pattern.
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I pinned the patterns to the fabric and cut out the pieces.
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Once I had the pattern pieces cut out, I wrapped them around the existing cushions and pinned the fabric around them so that I would know where to sew.
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Sewing was a bit tricky, but I'm pretty happy with how they turned out - and they definitely look much better than the old cushions!
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Now that these are finished, I am officially ready for Summer.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!  My Dad helped me put up a new flag up just in time to celebrate the holiday.
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*** The fabric I used for the cushions is by Waverly from their Sun N Shade Collection.  The pattern name is: SNS Lovely Lattice, color is: Citrine.
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I've Linked up to: Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch, We Did it Wednesday @ Sew Much Ado, The Boardwalk Bragfest @ Bobbypins Boardwalk, Show and Share Day @ Just a Girl, Show & Tell @ Blue Cricket Design, Transformation Thursdays @ The Shabby Chic Cottage, Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple, Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic, Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous,
Fabric Fun Thursdays @ Cheap Chic Home.

50 comments:

Leslie said...

They turned out A-MAZ-ING! So much better than they ones I threw together. :)

Leslie said...

Oooh... typo... how about "the ones I threw together" instead?!

Kim said...

Your cushions are FAB! Great job!

I had to redo my patio cushions also. BUT...I took forever to do the large bench cushion that squirrels ate a big chunk out of it! Went to the upholsterer and he wanted $155 for a new cushion. That's just the foam! waaaah!!!

kim said...

Those look great. Much better than the faded red ones.

lorenabr said...

It looks fab great job:)

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

I LOVE the fabric! They look so great. What a huge difference!

Traci at ThreeDogsAtHome said...

Your new cushions are divine. And I noticed that you matched the pattern on your seams. You rock.
As usual you have inspired me, after seeing your cushions I am really excited about the outdoor pillows I will be working on this week.
Enjoy your short work week.

Cathy said...

Those patio cushions are great. The fabric is fantastic, you are one clever, creative lady!

LindyLouMac said...

I like the idea of being creative but just cannot put it into practice, I hate needlework!

Great job with those chairs.

Rene @ cottage and vine said...

You are so ready for summer now! Those cushions are fabulous...you did a wonderful job. Love the geranium.

the thrifty ba said...

im in love...

Jenn said...

Ok, I'm motivated. I've had 6 yeards of outdoor fabric for about 4 years now just waiting to be turned into cushions. Yes, I said 4 years - Yikes! Maybe by end of June I'll have all 4 done. Yours are beautiful!

Sugar Bear said...

Gorgeous! May I ask what fabric you used? It looks similar to a fabric I'm considering for some drapes.
Karla

Jen said...

I can't believe you did that yourself! Well I mean it's you so I can believe YOU did it yourself...but I can't believe anyone could make sure cute cushions at home!

I love 'em!!!!

Pine Tree Home said...

Very cool update. The fabric is so fun.

Adventures of a CrAzY LaDy! said...

These look great! I'm super impressed!!! I'm surprised that you picked a fabric that was a shade of green ;) Hope you had a fantastic weekend!

Scintilla said...

You are a lady of many talents. I've been lurking for a while, I love your blog :) It's beautiful!

diane @ a spot of whimsy said...

ali, i ADORE these cushions. the end result is quite stunning. couldn't be more impressed :)

Jean said...

love your fabric, I love green. such a bright improvement.

Kristen said...

Love the cushions beege! Too bad we didn't get a chance to lounge in them this weekend. Oh and the flag...I know how 'special' it is to you, lol, looks great!

Amy Grace said...

Love them! They look brand new!

M.O.T.B said...

awesome!!!!!!

tjdoyle said...

I so wish I had your sewing skills! I've been wanting a sewing machine for a while now, but after seeing all of your great projects I think I need to get one! Thanks for sharing!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

They look amazing. I am finding I need to redo ours but that requires me to recover 6 cushions, not sure I feel like it!

Rustique Gal said...

What a pretty update to those old cushions. They look great and totally garden themed. Great job!
Enjoy the lovely days, Sherry

Kat said...

New follower here!!! Can't wait to be inspired with all of your genius DIY projects. :)

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

You have a wonderful talent there -- first for choosing such a perfect fabric and then for sewing them so beautifully. They look like they would have cost a million bucks. Great job!

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

Wow. I can barely sew a button! You did an awesome job.

Anne said...

Love that fabric! I am totally impressed with your sewing skills too - you make it look so easy!

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Wow Alissa, those turned out great! You definitely have a gift for sewing. What a handy gift to have :)

Rosebud and Bluebells said...

Hi Alissa,
I just love the patio chair makeover, the new covers are divine. I love the fabric you chose too.
thanks for your kind comment on my blog too.
Donna xx

Kathleen said...

Those new cushions are beautiful!

Erin said...

These look fabulous!! I love the fabric too. My cushions definitely need to be recovered. Thanks for the tips on how to do it!

Tonya said...

Fabulous job! Looks like they steped out of a Ballard catalog! Love it!

Kristen Duke Photography said...

LOVE the fabric--please do share when you got it!

alissa said...

Hi everyone - thank you all for your sweet comments! I added the fabric information to the post if you are interested in knowing what it is!

britni @ Antika Moda said...

These are really beautiful!! great job ♥♥

Laura Lynn said...

Love them - Great color!
Thanks for stopping by!
Laura

chair up said...

WOW! The chairs are stunning. What a great job you have done. That fabric was the perfect choice for those seats.
Just found your blog via Remodelaholic and I'm looking forward to following.
Angex

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

this looks amazing!

Anita said...

These look so good! Love that fabric, I've been eying it myself. Did you put in a zipper in the back? I couldn't tell from the pics.

The Misty Journey said...

great job! love the print.

Kim said...

Fabulous-nice job, beautiful fabric. Thank you for linking with Fabric Fun Thursday :).

Liz Taylor said...

Wow what a difference! These look so good! I feel inadequate calling myself a sewer after looking at your stuff! Great job!

kevin.anchi said...

Great Stuff! I appreciate with your work. It's really beautiful. Thanks for sharing. :)
Regards,
Patio Umbrellas

J-Pacha Mama said...

Crap. Now that I see this uber-inspiring project, I don't have any excuse. I need to push up my sleeves and get to work on my patio cushions too. Buah!

Gerry Bossier said...

You did it by yourself? Wow! That is amazing. It looks like you bought it or someone made it for you. And the color's a whole lot better than before. A patio should not look dull and boring. You can choose bold or loud colors, as long as they do not hurt your eyes.

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Thanks for the tutorial. . it's the sides that stump me so this will help. This is one of my favorite fabrics. Just used it in a couple of spots.

mrtommy said...

These look so good! Love that fabric, I've been eying it myself. Did you put in a zipper in the back? I couldn't tell from the pics.
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mrtommy said...

Thanks for the tutorial.
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