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Garden Cushion Pad Project

Sew cushions for your garden seats

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. The 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 will depend upon the size and shape of your garden pad. 


 You will need...

Supplies to sew a garden seat cushion

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.



Measuring a seat cushion pad

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.


Position ties

 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.

Seam for garden cushion

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.


Insert zip into a seat cushion

Press the seam open and pin the zip in place.


Zip in a cushion cover

Machine sew the zip in place.

 Edging a seat cover

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


Binding a cushion cover

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. 


Binding an edge

Trim the seam allowance.

Fold over bias binding

Fold over the bias edge and machine stitch in place.

Finished seat cushion cover

Your cover is complete!


Sew some seat cushions


For more ideas on sewing for your home and garden, see our projects here.

Sewing for the home