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Custom-Made Cushions

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2004


Instead of settling for a print that's not quite right, make your own outdoor chaise cushions using inexpensive pillows and the fabric of your choice.

The fabric will protect the pillows from moisture, but it's best to take the cushions inside before it rains.

Tip: We used 22-by-18-inch pillows and a 46-by-77-inch length of fabric.


  • Four polyester-filled bed pillows (per cushion)

  • Waterproof fabric

  • Sewing machine

  • Thread

  • Water-soluble pen

  • Ruler

  • Straight pins


  1. Fold fabric lengthwise, right sides facing, and sew the two short ends shut, leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Turn fabric right side out.

  2. Using a water-soluble pen and a ruler, mark horizontal lines to divide fabric into four equal parts; pin, and sew.

  3. Sew two pairs of 12-inch lengths of twill tape to each opening. Insert pillows, and tie shut. 

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