Summer Seating: Outdoor seat cushion tutorial w/ piping


We've had this wicker chair for a while now, my mom passed it on to me, and it's been sitting on our porch ever since.  I love the texture of wicker it just has so much character. I bought this table cloth for our family Easter, with no intention of using it again I decided to use the vinyl and make the seat cushion, I have plenty of left overs to make an art smock for Adelle. this tutorial can be used for inside or outside, it's super easy and a nap time type project, done in a jiff.

So to start out measure your chair Length x Width x Height in my case it was 19x18x4. Add a 1" seam allowance to each piece on Length and Width Wise and cut out your pieces
to get the length of your sides add your length and width together +1/2" for seam allowance.

pin your piping to the face of your top seat cushion
  
Connect the piping ends at the corner.
for your corners make the piping curve rather than straight, it'll look much better in the end and it won't bunch up when you're stitching,
using your ZIPPER foot to stitch sew around the piping, The zipper foot helps feed the piping through easily because it's specially designed for the piping to fit at the side. Just make sure you take your pins out as you go or your piping may go wonky.

After you're done adding your piping to your top of the cushion it's now time to attach the sides. First put your sides together face to face and sew ends together. Make sure you switch to your regular foot after you're done with the piping.
Now pin your sides to the face of the top cushion with piping, leaving the cord of the piping on the inside, that way when you turn it the cord will show on the outside. Match the seams of your sides to your corners. and sew leaving a small opening at the corner where the piping ends. Make the hole big enough to feed your stuffing in.
Next it's time to sew the bottom part of the cushion to your sides. this is probably the easiest part.
pin your bottom to your sides facing each other using your 5/8ths seam allowance. and turn your cushion right side out.

Now stuff your cushion by continually feeding your stuffing in rather than tearing it apart. If you keep all the stuffing together it won't become clumpy. (Lesson I learned the hard way!)

Next pin the opening closed and use a needle and thread to blind stitch by hand.
After you've closed the opening tie off your thread and tuck it in, and there you go, a simple piped seat cushion! It's super easy and this was the first time I ever sewed with piping, It's a simple additive that can really make your project pop. I'll definitely be working with it again.

Try it out and if you get a chance to take a picture I would love to see your results! Any questions feel free to leave a comment.

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