Add Color and Comfort to Your Patio Chairs with DIY Pillows

Hi my friends, today I am sharing another guest post by the talented interior designer Merri Cvetan.
I do not receive any compensation for this, but just thought that you might enjoy her fun DIY pillows.

As you can see, the colors that she chose would go perfectly with my own outdoor furniture.
No wonder I like it! :)

It’s finally summer! For those of you who live with beautiful weather all year long, you don’t realize what "summer" means to us in the north. Our season is so short that we spend every free minute outdoors. That means patios, decks and porches see lots of entertaining, relaxing and plain old lounging. Taking it easy on the patio requires comfortable furniture. Because an outdoor room is an extension of your home, it should also reflect your style and personality. Like any interior redecorating project, accessories like pillows are a great way to change things up.

I love easy, inexpensive DIY projects, and these pillows are so easy that even a beginner sewer can make dozens in a short amount of time.
Where to start? My client has a great wicker set with two chairs, a settee and an ottoman. The cushions are a weather resistant fabric in burnt orange. Although the orange is lovely, she wanted to add some pizzazz, but had no idea of which accent color would pair well with it.  

Don’t let color scare you! When you’re at a loss, do what the designers do: look at the color wheel. Blue is a primary color and orange is a secondary color. Colors opposite each other on the color wheel are complementary colors. Voila! Simple as that, complementary colors look great together.


Since blue and orange are complementary colors, I headed to a resale shop looking for sweaters and shirts in shades of blue and turquoise to repurpose into pillows for my client. I bought a solid-color sweater and two patterned shirts. I also purchased a bag of fiberfill to stuff the pillows, but you could also use ready-made pillow forms.

Pillow forms come in standard sizes, so you will need to cut out squares of fabric to fit. If you use fiberfill, the pillows can be any size you choose. Sew a straight seam on all sides, leaving a 4-inch opening. Turn right-side-out, stuff and sew up the opening. It’s sew simple—I told you a beginner could do it!
I decided to take advantage of the button-down cardigan. I cut out the front of the sweater so the buttons and ruffles would be part of the decoration.

Don’t stop there! Add even more personality to your pillows. Sew a button to the center like the pros do.

Or, cinch the middle with a belt.
Once you get started, it will be hard to stop. The design options are limitless. But you can never have too many pillows when relaxing on your patio on a hot summer day! They’ll add a decorative touch to your furniture and provide additional comfort.
I hope you enjoyed this guest post!

Based in Wisconsin, interior designer Merri Cvetan at MEC Design Studio can’t get enough of the warm weather, and makes the most of it by spending as much time as she can outdoors. Merri is a big fan of "patio time." If you are considering some patio upgrades at your home, you can research furniture and accessories on the Home Depot website

This post was featured at Make it Pretty Monday.  Thank you Kathryn.
I will be sharing with these fun parties:


Connie said...

What a great way to use tops that you have stopped wearing. I love the turquoise with the buttons and ruffles . . . it is so much fun being able to look into the creative brain of such an imaginative person. I would have never thought of doing that; I am so inspired.
Oh, and the photo without the contrasting pillows looks so boring, but after adding the pillows and that bunch of turquoise . . . well, it made the space look so updated and happy.
Great post, thank you.
Connie :)

quakerhillfarm said...

Sweet ideas! I love the great color combinations and what fun pillows! Thanks for sharing

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love pillows but don't use them enough! Love the cardigan sweater one and the colors with the burnt orange are divine!!

Junkchiccottage said...

Love this Jann what a great way to relove some old sweaters or tops into beautiful pillows. Love the blue sweater pillow just too cute. Very crafty and pretty my friend.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Hi Jann, I love the choice of colors. What a beautiful patio! xx Jo

Art and Sand said...

You are so clever!

GranthamLynn said...

Great post. Great tips. Super idea for a repurpose!
Thanks for sharing this.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love this color combination and making pillows with fabric from old sweaters, etc.! It is so bright and tropical looking and perfect for summer. I already feel fall in the air so I'm sitting outside more than ever t enjoy these last summer days..

Pam Richardson said...

Love the color combo..,and the sweater pillow is just too cute! Pam @ Everyday Living

Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} said...

What a great colour for the outdoors it will look bright and sunny even on a cold winters day!

Kathryn Griffin said...

Such a great idea! I love the colors of the tops you chose. Thanks for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make It Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's bash! Have a happy rest of the week! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse