The screened room on our deck is one of our favorite places to spend the evening. We have a wonderful view of the nature preserve and canal plus butterflies, hummingbirds, and other birds visit daily. Maggie entertains us by chasing the squirrels around the tree in the deck. Around and around and around.
During the past year I’ve made new cushions for most of the furniture in the room and we’ve added a ceiling fan so it’s usually very comfortable. You can check out these two posts to see the updated furniture: Patio Project and Finished Project.
I also wanted to make cushions for a chair and sette that sit in a private corner on the deck. While the area has a nice view it doesn’t get much use because it’s not screened so whoever uses it is at the mercy of the mosquitoes and sand knats. But with lots of company headed this way in a few weeks, someone might enjoy the privacy of this little secluded area.
I removed the fabric from some thrift store patio cushions and recovered them with inexpensive muslin.
Since I’m on a deadline, I couldn’t do my typical boxed cushions with fleece lining and piping. These had to be quick and easy. On Pinterest I found these directions to make easy Almost No-Sew cushions. But the no-sew was hand sewing. While it seemed easy, if I’m in a hurry, my handsewing looks like Frankenstein stitches. I liked the idea but wanted to use my sewing machine. I also had a tote tutorial from Purl Bee that had boxed corners. I took the two tutorials and smushed them together to come up with my Easy Boxed Cushions.
I made three cushions and kind of felt like Goldlilocks. The first was too small, the second too big, and the third just right. (I’m still using the other two even though they are not quite perfect) These instructions are for the “just right” cushion!
I measured my cushion all the way around and it was 45″.
I cut a piece of fabric 48″ x 24″ which allows for 1/2″ seam allowances.
You will also need to decide what the width of your boxed sides should be. After measuring the sides, I decided on 3 1/2″.
Fold the fabric in half–right sides together–and stitch up the two sides with 1/2″ seam allowances. Iron the fold.
Open it up and center the side seam directly on the ironed fold. I marked a line perpendicular to the side seam at the point where the corner is 3 1/2″ wide.
Sew along this marked line.
Cut off the outside triangle at the corner.
Repeat for the second bottom corner.
On the open end, turn the raw edge 1/4″ towards the wrong side of the case and stitch.
Turn the case right side out. Put the cushion inside.
Fold the back of the fabric over the back of the cushion just like you would wrap a present. Hand stitch opening.
I’m very happy with how these turned out. Love them. Now if it would just cool down a little so I can enjoy them!