How To Turn Any Fabric into Outdoor Fabric for $10

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I recently added extra seating on my patio but I was missing cushions for a comfy seat. Ikea was sold out of the matching ones so my only option was to DIY it. I could spend $300 for custom cushions but y’all know me better than to spend that much on cushions!

I found thicker ones like our existing furniture ones at Walmart! They were 1″ smaller than what I needed but I’m sure our butts won’t notice a difference anyway so I picked up two. They were $20 each.

I wanted the back and seat cushions to match and Walmart only had red and floral so I asked my sis-in-law to help me make some cushion covers. I decided to go with white so that the patio furniture didn’t feel too heavy with too much black/grey. I had some leftover curtain liner so I used that for the covers.

The curtain liner isn’t an outdoor fabric so I picked up some ScotchGard and sprayed the covers and pillows.

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Watch how I ‘weatherproof’ the covers.

I did 2-3 coats. I let it dry for about an hour in between coats. Don’t forget the sides!

And that’s it! Easy peasy to turn regular cushions into outdoor cushions for under $10!

diy patio bench

While I was at it, I sprayed that jute rug with this. Jute is notorious for getting mildewy when it’s used outside. For such a natural material, you’d think it’d be okay outdoors! I sprayed it with this one made for rugs and high traffic areas. I’ll keep an eye on it to see how it holds up outside in a covered patio in a rainy city. This isn’t its permanent home though; I plan to bring it in at the end of the summer and put it back in my bedroom corner.

Be sure to wipe up any overspray with a cloth.

I also sprayed my kitchen runner:

scotch gard kitchen runner
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I love how the white looks with the polka dot cushions! And I don’t have to worry about mildew. 🙂

how to turn fabric into outdoor fabric for $10

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