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Garden Cushion Project

How to sew a garden cushion

This garden cushion project has been designed by Little Miss Fancy Frocks – the dynamic mother-daughter duo who lovingly create handcrafted clothing and run craft workshops. Visit their Facebook page here.

 Hantex have kindly sponsored this article. Take a look here to find a stockist for their products.

Add a fresh look to your garden furniture this summer by re-covering cushion pads in a pretty floral fabric like our example by Art Gallery Fabrics. These garden cushion covers are simple to make and can be removed for washing. Be bold, colourful and creative and add a splash of luxury to your garden.

Cushion pads and inners are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and foam can be cut to produce bespoke cushion pads for all your garden furniture.

The fabric quantities and haberdashery required for this garden cushion project will depend upon the size and shape of your garden pad. 


How to make a cushion pad for a garden chair

Materials required for the garden cushion project


Fabric and matching thread – we used Extempore Gala In Canvas From Signature Designed By Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics supplied by Hantex

Cushion inner or foam cut to shape

Bias binding – for the front and sides of the pad


1 metre of tape for the ties

You will need a sewing machine, scissors, fabric marker pen and a tape measure



All seam allowances are 1.5cm unless otherwise stated.

REcover your garden seat cushions


Place the pad on the fabric and draw around it. Add half the depth of the cushion pad to 1.5cm seam allowance and draw a second line this distance away from the first line – this will be the cutting line. Cut two pieces for the front and back.

How to recover your outdoor furniture cushion pads

Cut the tape in half to form two ties. Neaten the ends by folding over and machining. Fold in half and stitch in place on the back edge of the cushion cover and 1.5cm in from the side edge.

Inserting a zip into a cushion cover

Place the top and bottom of the cover right sides together. Stitch 3cm in from the edge on both sides of the pad. The opening will determine the length of the zip.

Outdoor seat cushion cover project

Press the seam open and pin the zip in place.

Make your own outdoor cushion covers

Machine sew the zip in place.

DIY outdoor cushion covers

Place the cover pieces together, right sides out and pin around the three edges (front and sides) then machine stitch.

How to add piping to a cushion

If you have a binding foot for your machine you can bind the edge in one step, but for those who do not this is a simple method to follow.

Pin the binding in position on the row of stitches. Fold over the top end of the bias binding to conceal the raw edge. Stitch the bias binding in position. 

How to replace the covers on outdoor cushions

Trim the seam allowance.

How to sew binding

Fold over the bias edge and machine stitch in place.

Garden cushion project

Your cover is complete!

Garden seat pad tutorial

Why not make matching cushions for all your garden furniture? We also have a garden kneeler project you could make whilst sewing for your garden.