How to Deconstruct Patio Furniture Cushions – Video Tutorial

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Sewing new cushions for your patio furniture or other chairs is easier than you think! I recently purchased a used set of patio chairs that were in great shape – except for the cushions. I saved about 80% compared to buying the same furniture set new because I’m going to make new cushions – or maybe just cushion covers. I needed to look inside the old cushions before I decided.

In this video I’ll show you how I deconstructed the cushions so I could use the fabric pieces as templates for sewing new covers.

I also wanted to take a look at the materials inside the cushions to see if it was worth saving and using in the new furniture cushions.

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If you already know how to sew quilts or clothes then I think you’ll find sewing your own cushions to be very easy.

Here are the tools I used in the video and links for where to buy them:

The video will play automatically in the video player on this page. If it doesn’t, you can find the video on my YouTube channel here.

Have you recovered chair cushions or made new patio furniture cushions? Let me know in the comments!


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  1. Oh what fun to watch your “how-to” videos! I took apart the cover on a This-End-Up loveseat 30 years ago and made covers to match my kitchen, then put the loveseat in my kitchen bay window. It’s still my fav spot to relax in. And I’ve enjoyed changing the covers for the seasons! This type of furniture is my fav because changing the look by changing the cushion covers is very simple and the furniture can be found for free on Craigslist. Thanks for showing the zipper fold method- that was new info. I enjoy all your sewing lessons, you are my daily sewing inspiration!

  2. This was very informative!! I made cushion covers for a friend once – it was a terrible experience, and my cushions looked awful. :-/ She bought cheap fabric that was terrible to sew with, I didn’t have the old (brand new but not to her preference) cushions to consult, and just from watching your video I’ve realized some of my errors! I really need to make new covers for some of my furniture this winter, and now I think I can!

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