Hello! Now that outdoor weather has finally arrived, it's time to start sprucing up the yard. A few years back, I'd assembled a park bench from a kit and placed it in the corner of our backyard underneath an ornamental crabapple tree. It's a pleasant place to sit and relax, but that park bench is hard! I figured it'd be more comfortable if the bench had some pillows. The pillows would add a nice decorative touch as well.
Came across directions for outdoor pillows in a back issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. The pillows begin with squares of the appropriate size cut from vinyl tablecloths, sewn together on three sides, stuffed with pillow forms or batting, then the last side is sewn together.
I purchased a vinyl tablecloth and a pillow form at a thrift store; paid $1.50 for both. I'd never sewn vinyl tablecloths before but the material handled just fine.
And here's how the project turned out:
Rather cute pillow if I say so myself! I don't know how waterproof this will be in the long run, and I suppose I also have to watch out to make sure the pillow doesn't blow away in a storm! But it was fun and easy to make, and if it helps make the park bench more comfortable - well, as Martha herself would say: "it's a good thing"!