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Friday, June 20, 2014

DIY No Sew Patio Seat Cushions

DIY patio cushion in ikat pattern. Waverly Santa Maria Mimosa fabric.

DIY patio seat cushion with Waverly Santa Maria Mimosa Fabric

I needed to find patio cushions to match my bright plant bench. After scouring the internet, I finally settled on making my own. I purchased a sheet of 3" thick foam from Home Depot and some Waverly Santa Maria Mimosa fabric from Fabric HQ. For four 17" by 17" cushions, I ordered 3 yards of fabric. Since I don't own a sewing machine, I decided to glue the cushion covers and crossed my fingers it would work. Below is a step by step tutorial on how I made my own no sew patio seat cushions.

  • 3 yards of outdoor fabric, $35
  • 1 sheet 3 inch thick foam (72" x 24"), $25
  • 1 eight oz. bottle fabric glue, $7

Measure out the cushions

Using a serrated blade, cut the foam with long light slices.

Took a couple of slices but finally cut through the foam

4 foam cushions!

3 yards of Waverly Santa Maria Mimosa fabric. Cut in half here then into quarters.

Front side of cushion. Make sure the design is centered, fold fabric over cushion, and pin into place on backside

Backside of cushion. Fabric pinned into place then glued. Keep pins in until glue dries.

M gluing the edges of the fabric. Place weights onto the glued edges and let dry overnight. We used floor tiles as weights.

Put weights on and let dry overnight. Keep pins in until next day when it's dry.

With excess fabric, cut out 19" x 19" squares and iron a hem

Pin onto backside of cushion and glue in place so it covers up the fabric edges from earlier. Again, keep pins in until glue dries.

Add proper weights to hold down edges overnight

Finished DIY patio cushions

Cushions in use. Waverly Santa Maria Mimosa fabric to match plant stand and plants

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Plant Bench Rehab

While at a garage sale this weekend, M and I found a dirty little bench that needed some TLC. For $4, we brought the bench home and poured some sweat equity into it. I loved the weathered look of the bench but if it wasn't properly protected, the wood would rot and I would be without a bench. We first reinforced all the wobbly legs with new galvanized screws, sanded the entire table, washed it, then let it dry overnight.

After perusing online for inspiration, I hesitantly showed M what I thought would be a good look for the yard. I wanted the bench to be magenta with brightly colored pots placed on each shelf. Though he thought I was crazy, he let me run with the idea and off we went to Menards. The magenta (Pittsburgh Paints Panama Rose in semi-gloss) turned out to be more like hot pink, but I held out hope that it would work in the end. Truth be told, I'm not a pink person and after some reassurance from my friend Al, I felt more comfortable with the newly pink bench. Two coats and two days later, the bench was ready for our plants!

The $4 garage sale bench. Nicely weathered but needed to protect it. M reinforcing all the pieces.

Color palette inspiration. We chose Panama Rose in semi-gloss by Pittsburgh Paints

Ordered this fabric for patio chair cushions.

Sanded the old paint off

Very important step: prime

Every surface on the bench was covered in the bright pink. Panama Rose in semi-gloss from Pittsburgh Paints

Panama Rose in semi-gloss by Pittsburgh Paints

The finished bench with our plants!

Trying to figure out where the table should go. Nice bright addition to the yard

Final look. Rehabbed plant bench