How To: Make a No-Sew Fold and Glue Garden Bench Cushion

By: Modhomeecteacher Jun 10, 2009

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If you're planning to entertain this hot summer weekend and the thought of guests sitting on your bare garden bench makes you feel very un-Martha-like, don't panic. Honestly, you can whip up this NO SEW fold and glue garden cushion in about 45 minutes to adorn your charming garden.

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Here's what you need:

fabric remnant to fit bench

two pieces of ribbon approximately 40 inches each, folded in two

Fabric Tac glue or my new favorite Liquid Nails Home Project glue

scissors

batting for the inside cushion (not shown)

iron and ironing board

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1. Place fabric on bench. Fold fabric over and chalk your cut line

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2. Cut off the extra fabric

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3. Open out fabric with right side up. Mark where the ribbons will be glued on. Fold two 40" ribbons in two with the fold of the ribbon even with the back edge of the fabric, glue ribbons in place.

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4. The fabric will be ready to glue together when it is laying flat, the two ribbon ties are glued in place and the right side of the fabric will fold over the left to form the cushion cover after the glue is run around the edge of the fabric. Be sure to leave about 12" unglued in the center of the back to stuff the cushion. When you are gluing the two edges together, the fabric will be wrong side out.

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5. Press the two edges together using some sort of straight edge, here I'm using a ruler

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6.  With a hot iron, press glued edges to form a strong bond.

7.  Turn right side out and cut batting to place inside the cushion cover.

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8.  Stuff batting inside cover and run a line of glue along the opening

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9.  Press to close and press with a hot iron

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FYI: The down filled miter pillow was found at Goodwill this morning for $2.99, the green pillow was made from a laundered man's shirt from Goodwill (see Recycled Inside Out Pillows) and the yellow pillow was one I had on hand. 

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I'm using my old worn out mattress pad as the stuffing. I'll be able to make at least two bench covers with that. I may even try using an old comforter in another project.
I'm using my old worn out mattress pad as the stuffing. I'll be able to make at least two bench covers with that. I may even try using an old comforter in another project.
I'm using my old worn out mattress pad as the stuffing. I'll be able to make at least two bench covers with that. I may even try using an old comforter in another project.

Thank you so much for saving my wedding guests from sitting on bare metal picnic tables!

You're project will be so elegant and economical for me. :)

Thank you so much for posting this. I am going to try this for my kitchen window seat. Hopefully I will be able to find thick pads to make the cushion more comfortable for longer sitting. Any suggestions where to get padding for cushions? I live in the DC area.

Thank you so much for posting this. I am going to try this for my kitchen window seat. Hopefully I will be able to find thick pads to make the cushion more comfortable for longer sitting. Any suggestions where to get padding for cushions? I live in the DC area.

Darla-I know. I wondered if anyone would see that. I weeded once in the early Spring but it needs it again. Luckily, I don't get poison ivy. Good eye!! This would work great for an indoor bench.

I loved the colors together. I want to do this project for an indoor bench. I also have a word of caution, I believe that  there is poison ivy growing in the area of one of the bench legs, be careful!

I've often thought of doing this and didn't have the courage. Thanks for the dummy proof photos.

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