Easy Repair for Patio Chair Cushions

What You'll Need
Utility Knife
Sewing Kit
Self-Stick Patches
Cotton or Feathers

Your patio chair cushions are not complicated pieces of equipment. Minor rips and tears can be sewn, seams can be stitched, and punctures can be quickly patched. Easy repairs are possible without any special knowledge, and the tools required are no more difficult to use than a needle and thread or a pair of household scissors.

Typical Cushion Damage

The most common repairs for patio chair cushions relate to seams coming unraveled or punctures made by sharp objects. Burns made by a cigarette or other hot object can be patched in the same way that punctures are repaired. The stuffing will eventually get compressed and lose the fluffiness, requiring you to replace the stuffing.

Step 1: Stuffing Cushions

To keep the comfort factor for your patio chair cushions, only use batting that is natural. Synthetic materials tend to clump or compress faster than natural materials such as cotton or feathers. Open one end of the cushion-the seamed edge if the cushion has one, and remove the old stuffing. When the new batting is installed be careful to avoid bunching it up in one location. Unevenly distributed stuffing will result in lumps and and an uncomfortable surface to sit on.

Step 2: Sewing Seams

Sewing cushion seams can be done with a needle and thread. Sew from one corner across the entire edge. Make a double loop stitch, and then sew back along the seam in the opposite direction. This double stitch will give the cushion a longer lasting seam. For vinyl or plastic cushions, you can use a light monofilament fishing line instead of thread, but take note that fishing line will not tie off well, and is likely to work loose over time.

Step 3: Burns and Punctures

Pick up a few decorative self-stick vinyl or cloth patches. You can get them in shapes and patterns and use them as a decoration on the cushion, as well as a patch for holes or burns. Using multiple patches draws the attention away from a repair area and gives the impression of being stylish ornatmentation instead.

Step 4: Simple Cushion Covers

One of the simplest cushion covers is a pillow case. Insert the cushion in the case and fold the extra case under the cushion so that it doesn't show. For more involved covers, pick the fabric of your choice and make your own. A simple patio chair cushion cover pattern can be sewn out of a single piece of material. The fabric should be as wide as the cushion, plus the thickness. The length should be double the length of the cushion, plus double the thickness. Fold the length of the fabric over on itself and sew along both sides. Slip the cushion into the cover and sew the third edge closed. If you leave the third edge open you will be able to quickly and easily change covers to give your patio area a different atmosphere or theme.