How to make custom outdoor Seat covers for FREE

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I started with donated fabric samples for outdoor fabric. These are pretty easy to come by if you are not terribly picky about having the current season’s patterns and styles. Many furniture, and upholstery stores will give these away for free in large binders.

I had about 50 pieces, but to re-create this project, you may only need 30 depending on the surface area of the seat you would like to cover.

 Outdoor Fabric Seat covers

I cut all of the labels/tags off of the corners of each sample.

Outdoor Fabric Seat covers

And evened out the remaining shape so that I was left with slightly rectangular squares. Odd shaped polygons (or whatever, since I was never very good at geometry) are more difficult to connect in a pattern FYI. Its easier to work with consistent shapes when sewing. You will see why below.

Outdoor Fabric Seat covers

Uniform rectangularish square! Once again, I had about 50 of these shapes cut- you may need less, or more depending on the surface area.

Outdoor Fabric Seat covers

Next I attached all of my squares. First I sewed them with matching polyester heavy duty thread into strips of 5 with the longer sides together.This allowed me to have a more uniform strip size once I was ready to sew the strips to each other.

I was exceptionally careful to ensure that all squares faced the right side. It it such a pain to have to seam rip or start over when 2 or 3 squares out of 20 are facing the wrong side of the fabric. By attaching all of the squares into strips first, then attaching the strips, I found it was easier to protect against this problem. The end result of this strip is a 5×5 (or in your case 3×3 or 10 x 10 depending on your project) piece of fabric.

Remember: Each stitch should be done twice. Back stitching is nice- but on a project like this where the finished product will be sat on, left outside and put up to a lot of wear and tear, you will want to have a double stitch to protect all seams from splitting.

Outdoor Fabric Seat covers

This is the original seat.

Outdoor Fabric Seat covers

If you are a staple gun pro- you may be able to do this step on your own. If you are like me, seek assistance from a friend to help pull the fabric taut while your staple it in place. Trim all excess fabric once everything is stapled in place.

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Finished Seat cover!!

Here is my finished seat cover that cost me nothing but time, and the cost of a few staples.

Thanks for stopping by!

-s

The creative process.

The creative process is one where sometimes you have to walk away from your work, do something else, and return later with fresh eyes. A friend recently told me this, and I agree with it- it’s just basic science. If you stare at the picture for too long your eyes will go crossed. Just like those 3D photos Scholastic used to sell at book fairs in elementary school. I never had one myself, but our teacher would usually buy one for our class.

I have been taking an opportunity to do that these last two days. I completed 3 aprons in one day during the weekend, and since then I have worked on painting my mural, taken photos of my products, and just found other things to do apart from sitting at my sewing machine. I know that I have a lot of things to work on, but I am trying not to immerse myself so deeply in my tasks that I resent them ad quit altogether- or take a long long break from it where time is wasted-which is sometimes just as bad. I can’t say enough how important it is to stay focused on what you want (if you are fortunate enough to know what that is). Knowing what you want takes a tonne of soul searching. But it feels like the same things that make us wake up the morning, like free-will and individuality, are the things that keep us constricted in fear and inevitable indecision.

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A photo of what I have been working on.

Worn by creator S.
Worn by creator S.

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