Thursday, September 16, 2010

Make Porch Glider Cushions

Long, warm evenings spent swaying slowly in a porch glider are as about as romantic as it gets -- until your behind goes to sleep. Soft memories deserve soft foundations. Fortunately, it's not hard to make porch glider cushions. Choose a heavier fabric like denim or duck, use some creativity, follow a few simple steps and you will be sitting pretty in no time. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Measure the length and width of your porch glider seat.

2. Fold your fabric so that the printed side is facing in, and cut two pieces of fabric that are 4 inches longer and wider than your glider seat.

3. Pin the fabric together on the two long sides and one of the short sides. Place the pins perpendicular to the fabric, with their heads at the edge, so you can remove them as you sew. Stop pinning 4 inches from the unpinned short side.

4. Cut four pieces of grosgrain ribbon into 12-inch-long pieces. One at a time, fold them in half and pin the fold between the right sides of the fabric -- two at the pinned corners, and the other two 4 inches down from the open end, where those corners will be. The trailing ends should be between the two pieces of fabric so that they will be sticking out when you turn the fabric right side out.

5. Sew the fabric together, starting at one of the grosgrain ribbons near the open end. Backstitch to anchor the ribbon -- making sure you don't sew over the trailing ends -- and then sew down the long side. Backstitch over the second ribbon and sew the short side. Finish the other long side by backstitching over the two remaining ribbons.

6. Fold the loose edge of the open short side back 2 inches (wrong side to wrong side) and pin it. Turn the fabric over and do the same to the other loose edge.

7. Cut a strip of Velcro the same width as the open short side of the fabric. Pin the loop part of a Velcro strip to one folded-back edge, and the hook part to the other. Make sure they line up properly. Sew them on.

8. Turn the fabric right side in. Spray both sides with Scotch Guard and allow to dry according to the instructions on the can.

9. Stuff the fabric cover with the polyester fiberfill. Use the Velcro to close the short end, and tie the cushion to the glider with the grosgrain ribbons.

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