Garden Patio Chair Set

By  Vera Collier 

  • Garden Patio Chair Cushion set


  • Natural cotton drill fabric, 1 yd.
  • DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Acyrlics: Antique Gold, Avocado Green, Buttermilk, Cadmium Yellow, Dark Chocolate, Hauser Dark Green, Lamp Black, Pottery Brown, Red Pepper, True Blue, White
  • Royal & Langnickel: LaCorneille Golden Taklon: Filbert, Series 7500, #12; Fabric: Shader, Series 223, #8; Stencil, Series 225, 1/2”; Round Scrubber, Series 228, #5; Liner, Series 227, #0, #2; Flat, Series FAB, #10F


  • Freezer wrap
  • Dark color chalk pencil
  • Pellon Fusible Interfacing
  • Therm O Web Heat n Bond High Loft Iron-On Fusible Fleece, White, 20”X36”
  • Fiberfill

Basic Supplies

  • basic sewing supplies: sewing machine, sewing needle, straight pins, matching threads, measuring tape, ruler

Pattern - Garden Patio Chair Set

  • Preparation
  • 1. Wash and dry fabric; do not use fabric softeners. Press fabric flat. (Note: Cushion measurements fit most stackable plastic chairs; adjust as needed.) For back pillow, cut two 10-1/2"hx21"w half circles, and for seat cushion, cut two 16"x17" squares from cotton drill. (Optional: For rounded seat cushion corners, use plastic lid or saucer to mark off curves on all four corners; cut out.) Set one half circle and one half square aside for later assembly. Use dry iron to iron shiny side of freezer paper onto back of remaining fabric pieces.
  • 2. Use ruler to mark off a 2" border around curved edge of half circle and a 2-1/2" border around square fabric pieces.
  • 3. Use flat #10F to paint borders Pottery Barn. Use stencil brush to scrub center with mix of White + True Blue for a light blue sky color: tap brush into sky blue mix and blot excess onto paper towel; scrub paint into fabric. (Note: You may want to practice on scrap fabric to make sure you're not using too much paint.)
  • 4. Print out patterns; transfer basic pattern lines. (Transfer details as needed.)
  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. Nearly entire design is painted using a wet-into-wet technique. Unless otherwise indicated, use best size brush for area. I primarily use two flat brushes from most of painting. Use blow dryer to force dry.
  • Back Cushion
  • 1. Beehive: Base Antique Gold; shade Pottery Brown. While wet, pat Cadmium Yellow in center of each section to highlight. Dry. Base opening Lamp Black. Dry. Use Dk. Chocolate to paint crescent shape along right edge. Dry. Use Lamp Black to outline and separate sections; add detail lines.
  • 2. Birdhouse: Base Buttermilk; shade Dk. Chocolate. Base roof Red Pepper; shade Lamp Black on ends and center top working out about 1/2". Dry. Base hole Lamp Black. Dry. Use Dk. Chocolate to paint crescent shape along right edge. Dry. Paint star Pottery Brown and perch Dk. Chocolate. Add Dk. Chocolate shadow to left side of perch. Dry. Use Lamp Black to outline and to paint vertical panel lines. Use Dk. Chocolate and Pottery Brown to add grain lines.
  • 3. Flowers: Base petals Antique Gold. Lightly overstroke with Buttermilk, pulling form petal ends toward center. For cone centers, stipple with browns and Antique Gold. Dry. Stipple Buttermilk highlights over tops. Use stylus to add Lamp Black dots along base of cones.
  • 4. Use Avocado Green to paint stems and leaves. Pull Avocado Green and Hauser Dk. Green grass blades. Use Lamp Black to outline and add detailing to petals and leaves.
  • 5. Vine Border: Free-hand border; use chalk pencil to draw a wavy line through center of border. Use #2 liner to paint line Avocado Green. Double-load #12 filbert with Avocado Green and Cadmium Yellow; one-stroke leaves. Add Avocado Green vein lines. Outline leaves Lamp Black.
  • 6. For center daisy, paint petals Buttermilk; use sky blue mix from pillow center to shade petals. Stipple flower center Antique Gold and Pottery Brown. Dry. Use Lamp Black to outline and to add detailing, and to add dots around flower center.
  • Seat Cushion
  • 1. Cushion is painted in much the same manner as back cushion; omit birdhouse star and daisy from vine border. Basecoat birdhouse base in same manner as roof. Base circle at peak Avocado Green; shade Hauser Dk. Green and highlight Cadmium Yellow.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Allow paint to dry thoroughly. Remove freezer paper. Follow manufacturer's directions to heat set.
  • 2. Cut one back cushion shape and seat cushion shape from interfacing and high loft fleece. Follow manufacturer's directions to iron fleece onto wrong side of painted fabric pieces (fronts), then iron interfacing to back of unpainted fabric pieces (backs).
  • 3. For back cushion ties, cut two 1-1/2"x20" strips. Fold in 1/4" along each long side, pressing as you go. Then fold in half lengthwise and press. Sew along long edges. Cut each strip in half to make two ties for each side. Pin two ties, side-by-side, to wrong side of top edge of back piece, approximately 3/4" from side edge, so raw edges of ties and fabric are aligned and long ends are to inside. Baste in place. With right sides facing, pin front and back pillow pieces together. Sew together using 1/2" seam allowance and leaving 8" to 10" opening along straight edge. (Note: Be careful to keep ties away from seams.) Clip curves and trim corners. Turn right side out and whip stitch opening closed.
  • 4. Sew seat cushion in same manner as back cushion omitting ties. (Optional: Add ties if desired positioning ties to accommodate chair.) Stuff cushion with fiberfill and whipstitch opening closed.