… the quite happy owner of a nicely-weathered steamer chair a couple of months ago. I thought it would be nice to get a cushion for it, so I started a search. Fantastic, as long as you like forest green, which I actually don’t (unless it’s in forests, in which case I think it looks great). Actually, they are fairly readily available in dark blue (sensible), “natural” (natural what? Peacocks are natural, so are sardines. And toadstools. You get my point.), which is a silly colour for garden stuff, in my humble opinion. Then there’s terracotta. I don’t know what to say about that. If you look really carefully, pulling out all the search stops, you can find them in stripes – dark blue, forest green, natural and terracotta stripes. Eventually, I found one or two in colours or patterns I might be persuaded to put up with. Then I saw the price. £50, £60, £70… £100 for a cushion. A cushion I don’t even like that much. Silly. Silly cushions.
I decided to make my own. I’m happy about it. Oh yes.
I bought a couple of pieces of foam (about 2.5cm or 1 inch thick) and cut it to size (one for the back, one for the seat/feet). Then I made two open ended ‘bags’ to fit the foam, with velcro built in to one end of each and a piece of elastic into the side seams at the top of one and the bottom of the other, then joined them in the middle. I used a cut-off piece of foam to make a small head cushion with ribbon ties.
The cover is completely reversible – you can just flip the elastic over from one side to the other – and totally washable by taking the foam out of each end. Total cost was about £12 for the foam plus 2 metres of fabric, Im of elastic and Im of velcro.
And it rocks.
No, not literally. Not like a rocking chair. Ughh.