When I showed you pictures of my Sunflower Yellow Farmhouse Porch, some of you requested a tutorial for covering old cushions with new fabric. Once you get everything cut out, it doesn’t seem to take that long.
With four rockers and two metal chairs, I set up an assembly-line type of situation.
Step 1: The Cut-Out
Cut away your old covers and examine the filler condition. Replace with new pads, if necessary. My pads are only about three years old and not directly exposed to the elements, so they’re still in decent shape.
Place your cushion fillers over the new fabric and cut around them 1/2-inch from the edge. For a 1-inch deep pad, add another 1/4 inch to your measured cuts around the edge. For a 2-inch pad, add 3/4 of an inch to the measured cuts. Cut two for each pad.
Cut strips along the grain 1-1/2 inches wide, at least 36 inches long – 72 inches is better.
If you’re adding covered cording to your cushions, cut strips on the bias.
Step 2: The Prep
Cover your cording by following this tutorial.
For the ties, fold each edge toward the center.
Fold again along the center line and stitch alongside the edge. Clip the strips into 36-inch sections.
My outdoor fabric wasn’t prone to ravel, so I didn’t have to secure the edges. If your fabric ravels easily, serge or zig-zag along the edges of each cushion square.
Step 3: The Construction
Using a zipper foot, stitch the cording around a pillow front or back. Begin your stitching on any side, but leave 1-1/2 inch of the beginning cording loose from the cushion cover.
When you come around the fourth side of the pillow piece, stop stitching just before reaching the end so you can prepare your cording joint.
Clip your remaining cording to 2 inches beyond the beginning end of the cording. Snip open any stitching on the loose cording piece and snip the extra cording away.
It should end flush with the beginning cording end.
Fold the extra fabric flap on the diagonal like this.
Tuck the beginning end of the cording inside the flap.
Smooth the layers evenly and stitch.
See how nice it looks?
Place the corded square over another cut square and stitch together, following the seam stitches from sewing the cording to the first side.
If your cushion follows a certain shape, begin stitching on the side that will be at the back edge of a seat cushion or the bottom edge of a back cushion. Begin stitching 2 or 3 inches before the first corner.
Stitch around the following three sides of the pillow. End your stitching 2 to 3 inches after coming around the 4th corner.
Carefully snip each corner.
Invert your cushion cover, push out each corner well, and insert your cushion.
Here’s the easiest way to do that.
After tucking the cushion inside smoothly from corner to corner, fold the unstitched flap to the inside and pin behind the cording seam.
The fold needs to overlap the cording stitch line so it’ll be caught in your closing seam. See how it overlaps the seam from the back side?
It’s time to stitch in the ditch – just on the part that’s pinned.
Sometimes a tissue box helps elevate the cushion just to the right height. Ha!
Fold your tie strip in half and stitch inside each corner you want to locate a tie.
Stitch forward and backward over the same place 3 or 4 times.
Knot the ends if your fabric ravels.
Mission accomplished! Enjoy your new cushions. 🙂
Grab a book and some sweet tea. Head outside for a sittin’ spell!
Is your porch ready for sittin’? What’s your struggle these days? Is it time? Is it too cold? Or, are you already enjoying your porch?