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Coats & Clark outdoor thread makes sturdy patio cushion


Yesterday I gave you instructions for sewing a cushion using outdoor fabric and Coats & Clark outdoor thread. Here’s the block I chose for cushion #2.


Block diagram for cushion #2
Block diagram for cushion #2


For your second 18″ cushion you’ll need:

Green stripe

  • 2 – 3½” x 18½” and 1 – 6½” x 18½”.

For my cushion, I cut one of the 3½” x 18½” strips with the stripe going in the opposite direction.


  • 1 – 3½” x 6½” for the cushion front
  • 1 – 18½” x 18½” for the cushion back

Bias strips 2½” wide. You’ll need about 74″ in length. Join pieces as necessary to make this length.

Green solid

  • 1 – 3½” x 18½”, 1 – 3½” x 3½” and 1 – 3½” x 9½”

Cording (I used a soft, ⅜” diameter cotton cording for this cushion): approximately 74″

18″ pillow form

1 spool of Coats & Clark outdoor thread in the color of your choice.


Pieces cut out for cushion #2
Pieces cut out for cushion #2


Using Coats & Clark outdoor thread, sew the pieces together to make an 18½” square. Finger-press seams open. You may press seams open with an iron if you wish. Be sure to test the setting on your iron on a fabric scrap to make sure it’s not too hot.


The pieces are sewn together.
The pieces are sewn together.


Follow the instructions for cushion #1 from yesterday to trim the corners and make the black covered cording. Sew on the cording in the same way as for cushion #1. Then sew the front and back together, leaving an opening to insert the pillow form. Insert the pillow form and adjust it as necessary for a good fit. Hand-stitch the opening closed.


Cushion #2
Cushion #2


Now you have another cushion to add to your collection! Come back tomorrow and I’ll give you instructions for one more outdoor cushion. Using this outdoor fabric along with the Coats and Clark outdoor thread can become quite addictive!


Cushion #2 all ready to use!
Cushion #2 all ready to use!



This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3:  Making cording to match your patio cushion

Go to part 5: No hand stitching to make a patio cushion back


Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

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