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DIY Simple and Chic All-Weather Pillows

Warm temperatures and gorgeous weather inspired us to make the most of our outdoor spaces! With Beci Orpin's new book Sunshine Spaces, you can DIY lots of useful (and cute) home decor projects for all things outside. Start with something easy to make like these personalized outdoor cushions and you'll be a crafting connoisseur in no time.

Outdoor Cushions

What You'll Need:

  • Waterproof or plastic-backed cushion fabric (see Note)
  • Scissors
  • Wide paintbrush (or a small paint roller)
  • Smaller paintbrush
  • Acrylic paint
  • Pencil
  • Round template and/or ruler (depending on the shape of your cushions)
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Cushion stuffing (polyester-based is best for outdoor use)
  • Needle and thread
  • NOTE: For the cushion fabric, I used a plastic-backed canvas drop sheet (bought from a hardware store) that measured 12 x 5 ft. This was enough for the four cushions shown above: one 25 ½ in. square, two 19 ½ in. square, and one 19½ in. round (there will be fabric left over).
Sunshine Spaces Outdoor Cushions P 98A Cropped



Cut your top fabric roughly to size, leaving about 4 in. allowance over final size. Using the wide paintbrush, paint the base color on the fabric side of the material. You don't want the paint to be too thick – water it down slightly if it is. TIP: Using a roller to apply the paint will make it easier to apply a thin layer.

Sunshine Spaces Outdoor Cushions P 98B Cropped


Once the base coat is dry, draw your design onto the fabric.

Sunshine Spaces Outdoor Cushions P 101 Cropped

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