No Sew Drop Cloth Cushion Covers

Our outdoor cushion covers have literally deteriorated over the years.  With the Florida sun baking on them, even outdoor fabric struggles to survive.

How to recover old patio cushions

I’ve  been wanting to replace these outdoor cushions, or recover them, for quite some time, but replacement cushions are quite pricey (could probably just buy 2 new chairs for the cost) and outdoor fabric isn’t exactly cheap either.  I figured this might be a good time to try out using a drop cloth as my fabric considering its durability and low cost.

I measured and decided this one cloth would be enough to cover both sets of chair cushions, we picked it up at lowes for $21.98.

Drop Cloth for Outdoor CushionsThe first thing I did was pop the cloth in the wash to soften it up, having not worked with drop clothes before (for fabric purposes), I must say I was quite impressed with the quality of fabric when it came out of the dryer.  The color is pretty great too, a very natural  creamy beige.  I laid out the fabric to start my cutting and the first thing I noticed was a large seam down the middle.  I used this seam to my complete advantage as you’ll see further down.

Drop cloth with seam

Unfortunately, I am without a sewing machine (not that I would know what to do with one even if I did have it) so I used good ol’ fashioned safety pins to wrap my cushions and secure the fabric.

No Sew Cushion Covers

I wrapped all the cushions like presents, keeping in mind what sides would be exposed.  For the bottom cushions I had all my ugly folds, etc gather on the bottoms, and for the 2 back cushions I made it so the gathering happened on the very bottom edge so when the back side showed through my couch, pins weren’t exposed.

Remember when I mentioned those seams, well, I lined them up on the front of my bottom cushion which gave the impression I sewed the pieces together, this gave an incredible finishing “seam” to the cushion.

lining up seams

I took some left over scraps and ironed them over the safety pins using iron adhesive just to cover the unsightly pins.  The scraps were far from perfect, but again, it was the side no one will ever see anyway.

No Sew Drop Cloth Cushion Covers

As much as I loved the final product, I thought recovering the outdoor throw pillows with a little color would look great against the neutral color of the drop cloth.  I had an old shower curtain from when we redid the upstairs bathroom that was the perfect print and material given it was water resistant.

shower curtain fabric

I put together together some no sew pillow covers using iron adhesive.  They were pretty straight forward if you’ve ever made a pillow before, except I used iron adhesive.  I cut the fabric with about 3″ on all sides, then I folded over the edges to create a 1″ seam with my iron adhesive.

No Sew Pillow Covers

Next, I used iron adhesive (with a damp cloth for steam) to bind the 2 pieces together (pretty sides in), leaving one end open so I could later slip in my pillow.

No Sew Shower Curtain Pillows

Next, I flipped the case inside-out and stuffed it with my pillow.

No Sew Pillow Case

The 4th side was the most challenging side as I had to seal it with the pillow already inside.  I used safety pins to keep the fabric in place and once again used my iron adhesive to bind the last side.

No Sew Pillow Covers

Here is the final look of the pieces together.

recover old patio cushions with drop clothes

I am beyond happy with the results and the whole project cost me less than $25.

No Sew Drop Cloth Cushion Covers

No Sew Drop Cloth Cushion Covers

Have you used drop clothes or shower curtains to recover something?  Are you a Singer pro or is no-sew more your style?

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51 thoughts on “No Sew Drop Cloth Cushion Covers

  1. Christine

    This is a great idea! You are just too crafty for your own good. 😉 Drop cloths cover many a sin. Also, they can be painted in any style, color, or pattern. I will be stealing this idea.

    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Thank you Vanessa. They really were so easy. This was my first drop cloth of course my head is spinning with all the ideas of fun things I can make with this inexpensive fabric.

  2. Jennifer

    These are great! I love the little seams you created, too : ] I always find the cutest shower curtains. I re-purposed one pair to be actual curtains but I wouldn’t be against using them as fabric for other projects. Nice idea and nice photos, too!

    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Thanks Jennifer. I really got the idea of using drop cloths from your fabulous curtains! I knew people were using them all over, but they’ve been stuck in my head since your recent project. Thanks for the inspiration. The seams were HUGE on this project, I love the fake-out they give.

  3. deb G

    Okay Christina, you are coming over to my house: )
    Love this…..drop cloth works great and the look is fabulous. What about making fabric waterproof? I’m wondering if spraying some sort of coating on regular material would be okay? Just throwing it out there to see if you or anyone has any ideas.
    thanks for sharing, deb

    1. Leslie Cruger

      I made some drop cloth cushions with hand painted designs. They were precious, but did not hold up in the weather and got black moldy spots on the back. I live in the Texas Panhandle which is not humid at all.

    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Thanks Rachelle! I am really loving them. I’ve been wanting to replace them with some neutral colored cushions so the natural color of the drop cloth was perfect!

  4. ngnrdgrl

    Turned out great! The seam really does give a finished look. I love how you turned this surprise into something that really did work out great. I wonder how long the canvas will last in your florida sun? You will have to update us. I’m really loving all the drop cloth projects. I’m contemplating curtains. Thanks for sharing with us!

    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      I for sure will Bethany. For the time being we’ve been bringing them in when we’re not using them, but once their “newness” wears off I’m sure we’ll start keeping them outside full time. I’ve found the expensive outdoor fabric doesn’t hold up so great anyway, so if these need a little tlc in a year, I will happy to spend another $20 to freshen them up rather being stuck with another set of expensive cushions that are starting to show wear and tear.

  5. beth

    I too used natural canvas for seat covers. But the first drizzle they are water stained . I am not happy. How do I fix this?

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  17. Ashlyn

    Hey Christina!
    I know you created this post a while ago, but I just found it via Pinterest and I wanted to say you did a GREAT job at these!! I totally can’t wait to grab some drop cloths from Lowe’s and start reviving my old cushions! :)

    I’m totally a no-sew gal, too. This is such a perfect tutorial. Thank you!!


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