Making Outdoor Patio Furniture Covers

Making outdoor patio furniture covers is easier than you think. By making your own covers you get get the design and colours that you want. Making your own covers will also save you money. I have seen patio set covers made out of a variety of different fabrics. There is no right fabric. The choice of fabric is up to the individual taste.

It is important that your patio furniture be protected from the elements. The amount of protection your furniture will need is dependent upon where you live. Those people that live in tropical areas will want to protection their furniture from the blazing sun or salt spray every chance they get. The tropical sun will remove an entire layer of varnish in less than 6 months. Unless you don't mind sanding and re-varnishing you best acquire some covers for your patio furniture.

The covers can be made out of any material you wish. More expensive materials can include some UV protection and water proofing but this is not always necessary. I have seen covers made out of old sailboat sails. I've also seen covers made from burlap potato bags and plasticized sand bags. The covers can literally be made of anything.

The most important thing to keep in mind is proper measurement of your furniture. You know the saying: "measure twice and cut once". The patio table cover will need to be made from a piece of material that is 8 inches longer and 8 inches wider than the table top. I stitch over 3/4s of an inch and run a drawstring through the tunnel. It really couldn't be easier.

Covers for patio chairs are slightly more challenging. These can either be fitted or bag style. Clearly the bag style is the easiest to sew. Simply measure the height and the width of the chair. I stitch two ends of the material together to make a circle. I then cut a round top that can then easily be stitched to the top of the circle.

I generally free hand my patterns. However, if you want some more guidance then there are plenty of patterns to choose from at your local fabric store. The most common patterns are for 4 chairs and table but there are also patterns for chaise lounge covers. Making your own outdoor patio furniture covers is fun and easy.

Jane A. Moore writes on topics related to patios and lighting. For more of her work please visit