Readers of my eBook, know I endorse subtle colors and monochromatic color schemes for staging your home.
So, what's up with these razzle-dazzle, downright gaudy cushions I'm suggesting you make to stage your outdoor seating area?
The fact is the rules change as soon as you step outdoors. Highly saturated colors can hold their own under intense sunlight. Also, fabrics manufactured to be used out-of-doors always seem to feature bold designs and colors. Whether you choose awning stripes, solid colors, tropical prints or even florals, they're mostly big, stylized, and loud. Fun colors and wild patterns seem more ... well, fun.
If you want to give this project a go, the first step is to make a paper pattern for the cushion so it will fit the chair.
Cut the fabric on the line. You might want to make one cushion at a time to doublecheck your measurements.
Sew across the flattened seam where you drew the 4-inch line.
Fold the fabric under at the lines of stitching, and stick straight pins into the fabric and foam to arrange the gathers evenly across the back of the cushion.
Stitch both gathered edges together, using a blind stitch that goes from side to side, a slipstitch, or overcast.
Your finished back seam should look like this. Your cushion is done. If you are making square cushions, all four corners will get the mitered treatment that this cushion has in the front, and you won't have to hassle with curves and gathering.
My new cushions really jazzed up our deck chairs, and made them much more comfortable. Some attention-getting colors in your outside living areas can help buyers see the beauty of your yard, deck, patio, or porch. If you decide to make cushions to help stage your home on the market, please send me pictures of your handiwork!
I show you more ways to maximize your outdoor spaces in my $5 eBook, DIY Home Staging Tips to Sell Your Home Fast and for Top Dollar. You can download the book NOW and start staging today.