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Outdoor Pillows

Those inexpensive vinyl tablecloths are good for more than just picnics -- they make great material for pillows that are easy to clean.




  • Scissors
  • Tablecloth
  • Sewing machine or kit
  • Batting or pillow


  1. Step 1

    To make one, cut two squares in desired dimensions from a patterned tablecloth, adding 1/2 inch to each side.

  2. Step 2

    Right sides facing, stitch pieces together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

  3. Step 3

    Turn right side out, then stuff (if using batting pull it into small pieces). Stitch opening closed.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2005



Reviews (14)

  • TENAA 8 Jun, 2010

    What size would be the best to cut the tablecloths?? This is my first project like this and I would appreciate any help I can receive? Thanks.

  • diane1028 30 May, 2010

    I've been making things like this for years! I started making vinyl curtains and kitchen seat covers when my children were babies and threw their food!

  • shoefrog 24 May, 2010

    Tayna in tan (mustard) and pink is coming really soon! yeah!
    French seams: put WRONG sides together, stitch 1/4" seam. Flip it over RIGHT sides together and stitch 3/8-1/2" seam. Now that raw edge is inside the seam and moisture can't get through. Works great on ravel-ly fabrics also. I'll throw a zipper in either one of the seams or in the middle/back and do french seams on the other 3 sides. Cute!

  • jcuprof 24 May, 2010

    Laminated Cotton -

  • toothjantr 23 May, 2010

    Where do you find this fabric, shoefrog? And what are French seams?

  • shimmysister 23 May, 2010

    what a great idea!! I will have to try this to add some color to my deck!!!

  • pattydcake 23 May, 2010

    I was wondering if the shower curtains would tear too easily when trying to stuff them?? It sounds like such a great idea, I can't to try it!

  • shoefrog 23 May, 2010

    I going to use Sis Boom Jennifer Paganelli's Laminated Cotton for mine. Cool prints and definitely more water resistant. Think I'll do 'em with french seams. The fabric worked on a raincoat I made for my daughter and isn't crunchy like that vinyl is.

  • lovesimplethings 3 Jun, 2009

    Gwen, I am thinking of making new cushions for our patio swing with a shower curtain. Any tips for me?

  • hairyandagi_tj 24 Aug, 2008

    You can seal the inside of the stitching with a waterproof sealer. You can probably find it at a hardware store. I did notice she didn't say it was waterproof, but that it's easy to clean. I think by sealing it with the waterproof sealer, it would better withstand rain. I'm pretty sure that repetitive rain and sun would deteriorate the tablecloth material, so when not in use, I would store it away from the elements. I'm not familiar with oilcloth, though. It might work better, I dunno.

  • rara4h 24 Jun, 2008

    I wonder if wetness from rain would get in through the stitching and soak the stuffing inside?

  • dppresley 4 Jun, 2008

    This would be super cute with oilcloth!! There are great polka dot and print oilcloth fabrics that look very much like summer!!

  • Freckld_Face 24 Apr, 2008

    Using shower curtains is a great idea!!

  • gwenbh 18 Apr, 2008

    Another idea is to use Shower Curtains. Some of them are mildew resistant and they come in so many different fabric patterns. I used Shower curtains to cover my lounger cushions last year and they worked very well. Another plus is that they follow the latest decorating trends.