Making Inexpensive Patio Chair Pillows

May 24, 2017

Thrifty Patio Chair Pillows - checkerboard cushion on red plastic patio chairThis project explains how to make thrifty patio chair pillows with material used from a $3.00 inexpensive plastic tablecloth purchased from Walmart. You can also use a cloth tablecloth of your choice.


Total Time: 2 to 3 hours

Yield: 2 pillows


  • 1 plastic tablecloth
  • 1 spool of thread
  • Poly Fil, in the amount needed to fill pillow
  • 1 measuring tape
  • 1 pair scissors
  • 1 marking pencil
  • sewing machine


  1. First measure the seat of the chair for the width and length.
  2. Thrifty Patio Chair Pillows - measure chair seat for length and width
  3. Fold the tablecloth in half with wrong side up.
  4. Thrifty Patio Chair Pillows - fold tablecloth with right sides together
  5. Mark material 1 inch more than size measured to allow for stitching.
  6. Thrifty Patio Chair Pillows - mark dimensions including a 1 inch seam allowance
  7. Cut out material for size needed for pillow plus the 1 inch seam allowance.
  8. Thrifty Patio Chair Pillows - cut out plastic fabric

  9. Sew sides, bottom, and one half to two thirds of top.
  10. Thrifty Patio Chair Pillows Sew sides, bottom, and one half to two thirds of top.
  11. Fill with the poly-fil as needed. Sew top, folding material inward at top opening.
  12. Thrifty Patio Chair Pillows - fill with polyfil
  13. Sew across to close top of pillow.
  14. Thrifty Patio Chair Pillows - tuck in seam allowance and sew opening closed
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June 1, 20170 found this helpful
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Yes, you can use just about anything you want. I think I might try bandana's for the fourth of july in red,white and blue and sew it like patchwork. I use polyfil cause you can wash them and just hang to dry.

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