Monday, May 20, 2013

Reversible indoor/outdoor pillows

The freshly refinished patio furniture looks great!  But the solid blue cushions needed a little jazzing up.

I was complaining to my Mom about the dearth of cute outdoor pillows, and how the ones that are out there are pricey, and she suggested that she make them for me as a gift.

My specifications were three pillows, 16" square, and fun.  The rest was up to her!

She really hit the mark on this one!  She made us two sets of pillow cases.  We're going for a blue/green color scheme on the deck, so the main pillows are those colors.  She couldn't decide between fabrics, so she got both and made the pillows reversible.

So they can all match with either fabric, or be mixed.  What fun!

On top of that, she's well aware that Tommy's favorite holiday is 4th of July.  She made an extra set just for him in red white and blue that he can put out around Independence Day.  These are reversible too!

She used sunbrella fabrics, which stand up well to the elements and resist fading.  I used special outdoor pillow forms (half off at Joanns) to stuff them.  Even though her pillows measure exactly 16" square, they looked best with 18" pillow inserts.  The 16" ones were really puny, so keep than in mind when you're shopping.

Tommy was weirded out about having pillows that get rained on.  We got almost 1/2" the other day, but by that afternoon, they were already dry.  I would imagine they're also washable if need be.  You don't have to use outdoor pillow inserts - regular polyester-filled ones are OK too.

But wait, there's more!

After going on and on about how much we liked these, and after she saw our freshly painted blue porch swing, she made us two more!

These are also two sided, with a colorful chevron on one side and a flip flops print on the other.

A super big thanks to my awesome Mom!!!


  1. awwww, they look great, if I do say so myself! They were a fun project and pretty cheap to do, and by doing reversible covers, they are even more versatile. My only caution is that the outdoor fabric ravels super easy, so I zig-Zagged all the inside seam allowances.
    Have a happy summer out on the deck!

  2. I would be interested to know where you got the flip flop print and the chevron.


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