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June 02, 2016

Scrap-Busting Cushion Covers

As a lot of you already know, I’m in the process of buying a house. 🙂 If all goes as it should, I’ll be moving in later this month.

One of the things I really dig about said house is its lovely screened-in porch, where I plan on spending many hours. However, when I took a look at my outdoor furniture cushions, I couldn’t help but groan a little.

I bought them new, and they used to look quite lovely:

I miss you, old porch!

Circa 2014

However, years of being exposed to the elements had taken their toll.

Thanks random neighborhood cat!

Thanks random neighborhood cat!

My other outdoor pillows were in a similar state.

Yick.

Yick.

Gross.

Gross.

Okay, of course you can just run to the store and buy new cushions. That’s not hard. But c’mon! I’m buying a house.  Buying small stuff for a new place quickly adds up to be a major expense. If there’s anything I can do to help lessen that, you can bet I’m absolutely going to.

First, I washed all of the cushions in my machine and let them air dry. They were still stained and faded, but at least they were clean.

I looked in my scrap pile, and found some odds and ends that I just knew would be useful for recovering my old cushions.

Remember these?

Remember this top and this dress?

How 'bout these?

How ’bout this caftan or this muumuu?

And here they are now!

A major improvement!

A major improvement!

Making cushion covers is one of the easiest sewing projects out there. Here’s a quick tutorial. I had to do little bit of piecing together, as most of the scraps weren’t large enough to cover the cushions on their own.

For instance, the bottom of the big cushions ended up being covered by the remains of an old pilled-up T-shirt.

Out of sight, out of mind!

Out of sight, out of mind!

I think they’ll look lovely in their new home.

Oh so boho!

Oh so boho!

Of course, my current porch isn’t safe from the elements (or stray cats), so these will be living indoors until my big move.

Don't worry. I'll let you out soon.

Don’t worry. I’ll let you out soon.

Even if your porch is protected, I would still advise applying a few coats of scotch guard to protect your new creations from any errant rain (or wine). 🙂

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5 Comments

  1. I’m so happy to see you used the blue embroidered scrap! I remember when you posted that refashion; I was so tempted to suggest you use that scrap for a pillow. 🙂

  2. Great idea. They look great! It is always good to use up scraps. Not only do you get new cushion covers but it helps clear out some of the scraps cluttering up to sewing room. Thanks for your time posting. Always appreciated.

  3. Love the colors! I’m inspired to hit the goodwill this weekend. I really need new couch cushions!

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