…. well, temporarily.
Here’s the situation: I love our dog, but she isn’t too nice to our outdoor furniture. We have a set that is super comfy, but she has gotten up onto the cushions to sleep. That has made them dingy and a little thread-bare in places.
We host Thanksgiving and Mother’s Day Brunch and before each event, I get new fabric to go with my color scheme/decor and I temporarily recover the cushions.
Back in January I was shopping for fabric for no-sew drapes I was making. Because I knew ahead of time that I wanted to use turquoise, apple green & tangerine colors for Mother’s Day Brunch, I was able to snap up this apple green paisley for about $2 a yard. Major score since I needed several yards.
To do this, you literally are going to treat the cushion as if it is a gift you are wrapping… except that you’re using fabric instead of wrapping paper and a glue gun instead of tape.
Flip the cushion upside down, so that all of the seams will end up on the bottom or back of the cushion. (just like you would when wrapping a gift…)
Figure out how much fabric you need to use, then cut it.
Now unlike a present, you will secure the “short” ends first. I do this at the front of the cushion because it creates a smoother look on the finished cushion. (by the way, I wrap the fabric right over the little velcro tabs used for attaching the cushion to the chair.)
I glue the fabric directly to the ratty cushion and just pull it off when I change the fabric. If you want to protect your cushion from the glue, just allow for more fabric and glue the fabric to itself as you wrap the cushion.
Then, like a present, fold over the corners of the fabric and secure with the hot glue. Flip the cushion right side up and pop into the chair.
Finish up the rest of the cushions. Tah-da. Better. At least temporarily.
Oh, and see the cute turquoise coffee table?
It was a roadside rescue my sister picked up for me. A few coats of Valspar’s Mediterranean Gloss spray paint and it was all better. (I think this will be the first color of many layers of spray paint for this guy.)
Anyway. Cheap. Easy. Temporary. (It’s nice to have options).