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How To Make Wrought Iron Patio Furniture Cushions or For Any Chair in Minutes

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Do you have patio chair cushions on your outdoor furniture? Is the fabric faded, dirty or you would like to see a color change or need replacement cushions. Or maybe you want to add outdoor chair cushions to chairs that don’t have any. If so, try this easy budget home decorating idea that will make your chairs look fresh and new in minutes.

I have been doing this DIY method on my cushions for years and it works beautifully, not only on outdoor wrought iron metal patio furniture, but on any seat cushion. It works on benches, porch swings, wicker and rattan loveseats, as well as on indoor and outdoor seat cushions.

Easy to make no sew decorating ideas

Patio cushions or chair pads for chairs as well as outdoor slipcovers for metal chairs need to be durable to withstand the elements while providing comfort. They are an important part of creating a stylish outdoor living space you will want to spend time in.

One of the best reasons to make cushions or cover existing ones with new fabric is that when you no longer like the fabric, you don’t have to settle for a store-bought cushion in a color or pattern that doesn’t quite fit the style of the chair or your home’s decor. 

You can make them to your exact specifications, even including the fabric ties that attach to the back of the chair. Oh, and did I mention… no sewing needed!

How to Make a Seat for a Wrought Iron Chair

When you make these simple no sew chair cushions for wrought iron furniture or any chair, they can be custom made with your favorite fabric or just about any fabric including uv or fade resistant fabric to coordinate with your homes decorating color scheme.

Don’t limit yourself to outdoor fabric, consider repurposing a vinyl tablecloth or terrycloth beach towels as an affordable option. Both materials make great outdoor chair cushion covers.

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Coordinating round tablecloth and chair cushions.

supplies needed:

  • Fabric – double the measurements of the chair seat.
  • 1-inch thick foam – I buy it at JoAnn Fabrics using one of their coupons on their app.
  • Marker
  • Heavy duty scissors for thick fabric
  • Safety pins
  • Ribbon:  2 – 14-inch long pieces

Time needed: 15 minutes.

DIY Tutorial: No Sew Wrought Iron Patio Chair Cushions

  1. Trace Back of Chair Onto Foam


    A patio chair cushion is designed to be comfortable so it has to fit right the chair just right. Follow these tips to find the right fit.

    These chair seats are shaped where the back is not as wide as the front. To make sure you get a good fit, turn the chair upside down and lay a piece of foam over it. Use a marker to trace the shape of the seat onto the foam.

    Cut out the shape using a pair of scissors made for thick materials.

    TIP: An electric knife that you use to carve a turkey also works well to cut foam.

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  2. Wash, Cut and Wrap Fabric


    Wash and dry fabric to allow for shrinkage. Cut the fabric so you have a piece big enough to wrap around the foam seat pad.

    Pretend the cut foam is a gift box and the fabric is gift wrap.

    Wrap the foam with fabric as you would a gift box, but instead of using tape to secure the gift wrap on the bottom of the box, use safety pins.

    Pull the fabric taut before pinning. Cut away any excess fabric.

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  3. Add Chair Ties


    To create ties for the cushion. Cut 2, 20-inch long pieces of ribbon.

    Fold each in half and pin folded center of ribbon on the back underside corners of each cushion.

    Depending on the style of the chair, I find that pinning the ribbon on an angle in each underside corner of the cushion helps them fit over the rungs of a chair better.

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  4. Attach Covered Cushion to Chair


    Tie each ribbon to the back of the chair.

    no sew seat cushion

How Can I Clean These Patio Furniture Cushions?

When your chair cushions get stained or dirty, they are easy to clean. Simply un-pin the fabric, wash and dry. Then wrap the foam padding with the fabric and ribbon ties again. 

You can cut out a variety of fabrics in different colors and pattern at the ready when you want to change the covers for an event or holiday.

No Sew Decorating With Fabric

If you like to design and decorate with fabric, but don’t own a sewing machine there is no reason not to create the look you want with your favorite fabrics all through the house… on tables, pillows, window treatments with no sew decorating techniques.

Where to Learn More No Sew Decorating Ideas

To learn more no-sew decorating techniques, check out my No-Sew Decorating Project Gallery.

For a more in-depth no sew decorating techniques, read over my: No Sew Home Decorating How to Guide

Outdoor wrought iron patio table and chairs set for lunch along the shores of a lake.

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9 Comments

  1. This is so clever and simple for someone who has never mastered the sewing machine (me, ha!). Thanks for this post!

  2. What a great post! Would it be a good idea to wash the fabric before covering the chairs? I have done sew and not sew projects before and not preshrink the fabric to my dismay. Even fabric that is supposedly non-shrink can surprise you.

    1. Hi Dianne – Thanks for asking the question. I forgot to add that and just added it to the post. Yes, it is always a good thing to wash and dry the fabric to allow for shrinkage before cutting the fabric.

  3. Great Idea! Outdoor cushions are so expensive, it really doesn’t make sense to purchase if you like to change things up frequently. Or (if like me) you are still working on finding just the right style you want!

    1. I used this technique that I learned from your blog a few years ago and covered the cushions on a wicker loveseat that I scored at an antique store for $45! New cushions would have been triple the price. Thank you for these wonderful tips!