Finally! New Outside Chair Cushions!

I should be power washing, weeding the roses, trimming the bushes—you know, the spring cleanup and shape up stuff.  But I have been much more inspired to do the fun stuff this week!

We have this great dining set that we keep on our front porch–we have a wonderful, huge front porch–LOVE IT!!  It was actually my parents dining set in the 70’s.  These cushions have seen many covers–and are still going strong.  They desperately needed a new look this year–and so I started my search.  Did I want to cover them in linen again?  Vintage tablecloth?  Oh no—NOT the plastic/vinyl-ly stuff.  Definitely not!

Our whole family loves coffee–especially coffee on the porch.  And, I love old coffee sacks.  Ebay is a great place to find coffee sacks.  I purchased 20 old sacks for $25–we’ve done all kinds of fun things with them.  They would be perfect for this project!  What do you think?

These are very easy seats to cover because the cushions actually sit on top of the frame.  Make sure if you cover similar cushions you have a great staple gun. {I wasn’t very neat with my stapling–I can get away with that for these cushions, but for some you wouldn’t be able to.}

Turn seats upside down on top of fabric and cut a piece that is at least 3-4 inches larger than your cushion.  When stapling–start on one side in the middle and then go to the opposite side pulling taught as you staple.

It took me less than 30 minutes for these cushions! {And it was much more fun than trimming bushes!}  Now—how to get those rusty spots off the glass……….???????? I’ll try the Magic Eraser!


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28 thoughts on “Finally! New Outside Chair Cushions!

  1. I love this cushion idea! I’m actually working on sprucing up my deck furniture and had bought a burlap coffee bag a while back not knowing what I should do with it. I totally want to try and make cushions out of it now! Thanks for the inspiration. I also highlighted your image and linked back to your blog on my blog today!

  2. I love how this looks. It turned out great. I would like to use coffee sacks for cushions on my wicker furniture when I get it this summer. As for the rust on the table, I say leave it. It looks rustic.
    Thanks for sharing.

      • Darn – wish I had seen this a few weeks ago. Just redid rusty outdoor chairs and table for my son’s new house! I used boring Marine vinyl – but the burlap lover that I am would much rather do something like this.
        Love your chairs and cushions!

  3. I love this idea. I was just wondering if they are itchy to sit on? or do they soften over time? The bags are often a little coarse.

  4. I’ve been planning on making outdoor sitting pillows for my screened in porch with some coffee sacks I have. Could there be any issues with the sacks outdoors (i.e. mildew)? Also, do you think I should cover the cushions with something waterproof first? I was hoping to go cheap on this project…. This post is awesome btw!

    • Angie~

      We have not had a problem with them at all. It is a super quick and inexpensive project—-we did not cover our cushions with anything. Burlap resists mildew, etc. anyway, usually. The bags are so very inexpensive—one coffee sack will do 2 chair cushions.

  5. Duane,
    JUST found you site and and been reading for past 1 1/2hrs. LUV IT. Actually we’re almost neighbors, i live in East TN (Tri-Cities area) so you are just across the mountain. hehe. ANYHOO, plan to do this project to my almost identical table/chairs. In ref. to your comment about ‘removing rust from glass’ I”M SURE you already have found a product, but wanted to tell you I have Great success w/ either BAR KEEPERS FRIEND (amazing on lots of surfaces) or Old Dutch Cleanser. great for rust on marble too, (i use some pieces from home stores on top of plant stands, etc. Best Wishes, you seem like SUCH a lovely person; heading to recover my chairs….I too have such a luv for burlap & coffee sacks. Blessings, Lesa

    • Lesa…so glad to have you! 🙂 What a great idea—Bar Keepers Friend! We use that all the time on our antique bathroom sink, I’ve never thought to use it on the rust on the table. Wonderful! 🙂 Thanks, friend over the mountain!

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