Every year, I tell myself I should make my own outdoor pillows. I’m no great seamstress, but I do own a basic sewing machine and if the @##$*)^$ machine cooperates, I can stitch a mean straight line. But I usually get lazy and just wait until fall when the already-made, overpriced outdoor pillows go on sale. This time, however, I found this outdoor fabric for $9.99 a yard. If I didn’t mess up–and just used the batting from my old pillows–I could get two 16″ square pillows to match my garden out of it!
|hoto by Jennifer Cheung|
If you have the urge to make your own outdoor pillows for your garden, here’s how I made mine: First, find some stuffing (I bet you also have some old pillows hanging around) or buy inserts at a fabric store. Measure the sides from end to end, add about 3/4 inch to each side, then mark and cut your fabric. This is the tricky part: Pin “right sides” together (it still amazes me that I can easily blow that step),” and stitch up three sides. Turn it right-side out, stick in your stuffing, and hand stitch (use a slip stitch) the fourth end. Done! (Of course, you can add a fancy zipper or a pocket closure. But then you won’t be done as quickly as I was–about 20 minutes flat!)
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