The outdoors of a house contain many elements such as sofa sets, chairs, hammocks, pillows, and many other things. The element with the most scope of variety and innovation are the covers for the outdoor pillows, as these can be changed to give a new look to the outdoors every time.
There is plenty to choose from in terms of style, size, color, and fabric, when it comes to these covers. These pillows are exposed to extreme weather conditions like heat and rain, and hence, the only concern is their endurance to these weather elements. You need to take into consideration the furniture and accessories, and go for ones that match them well. You can choose from throw pillows, accent pillow, a huge bolster pillow to suit your style, or can have a mix of the various types.
When it comes to covers, you need to check the durability. These covers should be able to survive molds, rain, heat, as well as mildew. It is seen that cover fabrics that are woven using an acrylic solution tend to last longer. This fabric is said to withstand color fading as well as UV rays. Maintaining them regularly is essential.
Various Ways to Use Outdoor Pillows
How to Make a Pillow Cover
- Take a colorful duck cloth (which is a cotton fabric with heavy, plain woven designs) which matches your garden accessories and patio furniture. Make sure it is mildew and water-resistant.
- Lay the duck cloth with its front side facing downwards.
- Measure two squares about 17x17 inches in length, and keep an extra inch for stitching the seams. Mark these measurements with a chalk.
- Cut the cloth accurately, as per the measurements, and pin both the pieces together. Remember to keep a margin of half an inch and make sure that the front sides of the cloth are facing each other.
- When these preparations are made, you can begin the stitching. Keep removing the pins as you go.
- To anchor the thread properly into the fabric, you can sew a straight stitch seam by running a few stitches up and down.
- After you sew the first side, stop at the corner and lift the presser foot. Turn the fabric to sew the other side.
- To give the pillow sharper corners, you can cut a triangle from the corners of the cover once you have reached the last side.
- After stitching three sides, put the cover on the pillow and sew the open part of the cover. Fold the fabric inwards, and when you reach the end of this side, anchor and end the seam.
You can also use fabric paints to make designs on the pillow covers. You can also trace a design and stitch it yourself or make use of sequins, mirrors, and other such materials.