A couple of months back, I had just completed covering our porch cushions in Sunflower yellow. Later that month, I published the 3-Step DIY for Covering Outdoor Cushions, which was the tutorial for covering the front porch rocker and chair cushions.
That was all well and good, but I skipped the tutorial for covering the boxed cushions on the back porch glider.
And, for a lot of people, that may be the hardest ones to cover. I do apologize for making you wait so long!
The first step is to remove the old covers.
I was shocked to see how easily the threads pulled out! I can’t imagine the old covers would have lasted more than a year if Sir Winston had not chewed the corners out while they were brand new. Yes, brand new! (I’m still amazed I didn’t run that stinker off!)
And, shocker…the old cording was foam! It snapped in two when pulled from the ends.
I used a stiff rope cord for my new covered cording.
For the back cushions, place the pieces of the old cover over your new fabric and use them as patterns.
This is how the back cushion pieces should look after cutting out.
Fold the cut edges together like this, with right sides together…
Boom. You’ve just made a corner.
Stitch all four corners, and you have this.
Repeat for the other cushion side. You should have two sides for each cushion.
If you want to include cording around the seam of your cushion, follow my tutorial for How to Cover Cording for Home Decor.
Stitch your covered cording around side one. See the 3-Step DIY – Covering Outdoor Cushions for connecting your beginning and ending of the cording. If you’re not adding cording, skip to the next step.
To attach the other cushion side, align the corners together.
Pin right sides together and stitch around the cushion cover, leaving an opening to insert the filler.
Since I used my former filler, it was easy to fit inside.
Fold the open edge (which I arranged to be a selvage) to the inside at 1/2 inch and pin.
I was hoping to fit this under my machine and stitch in the ditch, but it was too fat. So, I enjoyed hand-stitching the closures that night while watching TV with HH. 🙂 (See my tutorial to Pro-Sew Your Pillow Closures.)
Back cushions complete. Now for the boxed seat cushion.
Do the same pattern trick with the old cushion cover pieces – or just do a quick length and width measurement of one side and the rise of the box for your riser strip. Stitch the cording around the edge of both side pieces.
To assemble the box, stitch the riser strip around one side. I find it easier to begin and end in a corner. Leave a short section un-stitched so you can have room to maneuver a seam to bind the riser ends together.
Here’s a better view maybe. My advice. Don’t trim the loose ends just yet…might need adjustment when you attach the other side of the box.
Before assembly, I’d already stitched two strips together. That’s the seam you see on the side of the box below. (Also run a finishing stitch around all the edges before assembly.)
Align your box corners as closely as you can – right sides together.
Pin around the square to hold everything in place.
Stitch around the box, leaving one long edge open for stuffing. (Now you can trim the riser ends.)
Add ties to two corners – also covered in my 3-Step DIY post. (My cushion ties at the back corners of the cushion.)
Carefully insert your cushion filler, smoothing out all the filler lumps in corners, etc. Pin the closure and spend another night in front of the TV while you Pro-Sew Your Pillow Closure.
My filler was pretty tight, but I’m so glad I didn’t add any extra for easier filling. Over time, the cushion filler settled in and needed that extra snug fit.
One rainy day, Winston found his way to the glider for a nap – with muddy feet. (Hey, give it time…training is a process!)
I got the water hose and rinsed the mud off with the jet spray. It dried like a dream. I love Sunbrella outdoor fabric! 🙂
So…how about your cushion project? Are you motivated now that you see how simple the process really is?