Easy Removable DIY Cushion Slipcovers

Oct 14, 2014

I hope you all had a great long weekend! I certainly did  - we visited Lester's Farm and picked up our pumpkins (and visited the animals and got lost in the corn maze!), did a hike on the East Coast Trail, had turkey dinner twice and managed to make some progress on the house. A productive yet relaxing weekend which left me feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Now - on to the tutorial. Today I'm sharing an easy way to make removable cushion slipcovers for outdoor cushion pads. When covering toss cushions, the best technique is to make envelope style slipcovers (tutorial to come on those), but in this case, since the cushions were much larger and we wanted them to be removable, I took a different approach.

These were done on the request of my Aunt & Uncle who wanted to cover their faded and dated cushion covers for their place in Florida. Here is a photo of the faded original cushion covers before:
And here is the cushion with it's new slipcover:
Easy Removable DIY Cushion Slipcover Tutorial

  • Exterior Fabric (I actually used shower curtains, the fabric pattern was just what they wanted and the price was very reasonable)
  • Sewing machine with coordinating thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Fastener snaps
  • Needle

Measure your cushions and allow for an extra inch or two on either side and an extra inch or two at the top. It's better to have more fabric than not enough. Measure twice, cut once.

Match and pin together the two sides of fabric, right sides together, and sew along the edge, allowing for about a 1/4" allowance for the edge from the seam. DO NOT sew across the top, just sew to the top edges of both sides and back stitch to secure your seam.
Next, fold the top edge of your slipcover back about an inch (see photo above) so the right side is showing, and iron along the folded edge to get it to stay in place a little easier. 

Then place your fastener snaps along the edge and space them out to see how many you will need. I think mine are placed about two inches apart. 

I followed this simple video tutorial to learn the best way to sew the fasteners in place. I attached fasteners to one side first then pinned both sides together so I could match up the female and male fasteners on either side, then proceeded to sew the fasteners on the other side. 

This is the most time consuming part of the project but once you've finished sewing on your snap fasteners, you're slipcover is done!

Above is a photo of the slipcovers at their new home in Florida. This was simple, straight forward and very budget friendly project. It certainly serves the purpose for my Aunt & Uncle at their holiday place and would be a good quick fix for any deck furniture you may need to spruce up.

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