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Outdoor Furniture - How To Make - Quick - Easy - And Cheap - New Covers

Updated on February 1, 2015

My Easy And Cheap To Make New Sun Lounger Covers

Total Cost Of Each New Cover 4€
Total Cost Of Each New Cover 4€

How To Give New Life To Sun Bleached Outdoor Furniture Cushions On A Budget

Living in Spain and renting out my villa to tourists means I have to keep everything looking as fresh and new as possible.

Many years ago I bought a set of sun loungers and comfortable cushions to go with them. All stood the test of time very well except the cushion covers which very quickly became sun bleached , stained with sun tan lotion and generally very tatty looking, not at all what paying guests wish to lie on, or me either come to think of it.

I found it impossible to buy ready made new slip on covers and couldn´t afford to replace the cushions every single year so I bought some cheap and pretty fabric from the local market and made my own slip on covers.

All was well and good until I needed to replace them again this year only to find my usual fabric vendor wasn´t there.

Wondering around the market looking to see if there was anyone else selling fabric I passed a stall selling ridiculously cheap towels, bath towels for only 2€ each and I had a light bulb moment when I realised that 2 bath towels sewn together would make perfect sun lounger covers .

Not only do my new covers look great and add a pop of colour around the pool, they were quick and easy to make, will last at least a couple of years, and are easy to wash and slip on to the old cushions making them look like new, and saving me a huge amount of money to boot.

You don´t need to be an expert seamstress either in order to make some new covers for your own poolside and garden furniture.


My Old Sun Lounger Cushions Before I Made The New Slip On Covers

Sun Bleached Cover - Doesn´t exactly invite you to lie on it and soak up the ray´s !!
Sun Bleached Cover - Doesn´t exactly invite you to lie on it and soak up the ray´s !!

How To Make Your New Covers Out Of 2 Bath Towels

With the wrong side of the fabric facing me I simply sewed a seam to join the 2 bath towels together width ways.

Then lay the 2 joined towels on top of my sun lounger cushions, wrong side facing me, and turned over the ends to make two pockets which I then sewed into place, and these pockets are what keeps the covers in place and makes them so easy when you need to take them off for washing.

And that´s it, what could be more simple and effective.


Underside Of The New Covers

Simply join the bath towels together width ways and then turn over and sew the two ends to make pockets. It´s that simple
Simply join the bath towels together width ways and then turn over and sew the two ends to make pockets. It´s that simple

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    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 22 months ago from England

      Thanks Anne, always great to hear from you, yep still here, I am hub addicted so never far away! lol!

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      Anne 22 months ago from Spain

      Hi Nell.

      It´s been a tough time since the back end of last year, but I have a feeling things are getting better.

      I´m so glad I nipped over here today and read your wonderful hub, and even more that you got back to me. It made my day getting your messages.

      Hope you are doing OK xxxx

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      Nell Rose 22 months ago from England

      Hi Anne, great to see you back, hope everything is okay in your world?

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      Anne 2 years ago from Spain

      Hi Larry Rankin

      I hope you find some cheap towels too.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Covers are so dang expensive. These tips are very helpful. Thanks.

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      Anne 3 years ago from Spain

      Hi Nell.

      Lovely to see you. I'm using a borrowed pc just now as mine packed in on Saturday, but the 1 advantage is that this one is letting me reply to comments and my own one for some reason didn't. I'm making the most of it lol, so thanks for nipping over voting up and sharing :) what with expensive car repairs and probably the cost of a new PC I need all the help I can get ;)

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Just popping over to say hi! lol! hope you're okay, and great to see you on the 'other' site! voted up and shared, nell

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      Anne 3 years ago from Spain

      Hi Nell.

      You just made my morning love. What a lovely surprise to get a comment unrelated to anything else but wishing me a great weekend. Are your psychic powers telling you I need all the support I can get just now ?

      It´s time you booked a holiday out here Nell and tested out the new sun lounger covers lol, my September and October prices are really cheap as are flights out of season ( Ryanair flies directly to Valencia ) and you would be assured of a warm welcome that´s for sure, and a discount too , but I would be picking your brains like mad for hints and tips on how to make it as an on-line writer...I have my note pad at the ready LOL.

      Thank you for your really kind thought Nell, it´s quite blown me away.

      Hope you have a fab weekend too :)

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      I Anne, just wanted to say have a great weekend! lol!

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      Anne 3 years ago from Spain

      Hi Mary tilly mint :)

      What a great idea your aunt had too. I wish more people would take the sun seriously when they strip off to get toasted here, I once had a man get so severely sunburned he had to go to the emergency department for treatment and came up in huge great blisters, needless to say it spoiled the best part of his holiday.

      Great to hear from you my dear, always a pleasure and a wonderful boost to my day. Thank you and also keep all crossed for a sale for me soon :)

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Ah B2B, necessity is the mother of invention and you dear lady have proven that so well in this hub. We often overlook the simple things to help when we're in a dilemma, but you took the bull by the horns, so to speak, and came up with a great solution.

      When I was a teenager my aunt made me a bathing suit cover up out of towels. She made a neck hole, put buttons on one shoulder, sewed the towels together and voila, my cover up.

      Loved this hub and your pictures!

      Voted up, useful, ,and interesting.

      P.S. Hope the sale goes well.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Nell.

      You may find a bath sheet even easier to make into a cover, depends how long your cushions are. The good thing is with these, that they soak up everything and are so easy to take off and wash, and because the towels were so cheap it doesn´t matter if they only do one summer. Hope you have fun making some but I would hurry up before the weather finally breaks in the UK :)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi anne, sorry, I could have sworn I had commented on this! lol! great ideas, and something even I could try, mine are terrible I have had them for years as I only have a balcony now and take them downstairs when its really hot, like now! lol! hope you are well, nell

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Tobusiness. Yes you are so right, maybe when I come back I will have to find something to make waterproof covers cheaply LOl.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, hope you get a bit more summer in the UK soon :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      A very practical and inexpensive idea...unfortunately, the problem here in England is more rain than sun, as you know, but never-the-less; your idea will certainly prove to be very useful.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi fkourishanyway.

      Very many thanks for your lovely comment. I think I will be heading down to the local market this Sunday for more cheap towels :)

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Very thrifty idea! The cost of replacing them frequently is certainly high, whereas you have come up with an alternative that is quick, easy and cute! I'm sure your guests agree.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi KJ.

      I thought this would come in handy for you. It was a case of needs must here as you can´t for love nor money buy replacement covers for any outdoor furniture, I´m told one retailer has just started selling replacement covers for the lovely wrought iron gazebo´s they have been selling out here for years but even they only come in one size and the range of gazebo designs come in all shapes and sizes..

      I don´t know what´s happening to notifications but it´s been going on for months. I get emails telling me that such and such who I am following has just published a new hub but I´m only getting those for 2 or 3 hubbers not everyone I follow. Did this hub not show up on the actual list of " here are your recent notifications from hub pages" either ?

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      bac2basics....What a great idea...living in Florida I replace the cushions at least once a year due to the extreme use and sun exposure... the idea of using towels is awesome, as they absorb and are inexpensive to replace...thank you for the share...by the way this hub did not show up in " notifications " I am having to research every one I follow on their profile page for updated writes....never had to do that before...go figure..

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Livingsta.

      Thank you so much for your kind comments, voting up and sharing. I really appreciate that. :)

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is an easy and interesting idea. Thank you for sharing this with us. Voted up and sharing!

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Sounds beautiful Annie. I will bear this in mind once I am settled in the new house.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Sue.

      In the mountains of Valencia. Spectacular views, peace and quiet and proper summers, maybe a holiday will be just what you need after your move. I still have vacancies for August and September .

      Good luck with your relocation love, I hope all goes to plan and you are happy in your new home :)

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Where is it? Not that I could afford to move again. I'm just in the throes of it at present. Moving day 12th June! You caught me at the wrong time... I vowed this one is my final move.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Sue. I know just the place you can relocate to.my villa is on the market right now at a knock down price.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Maj.

      Good to hear from you . I expect your outdoor furniture gets a bashing too, using a bath sheet or beach towel if long enough would be even easier, they didn´t have any on the cheap stall though LOL.

      Still getting cool nights here and the wind has been a bit chilly at times, but it is hotting up during the day and it won´t be long until it´s cracking t´flags.

      Hope you are well Maj :)

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      The sun can get pretty fierce in Spain, I have had coloured items fade in a two week holiday. I might relocate just so I can use your idea. Lol!

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Great idea Annie - you are so creative to think of bath towels - way to go. Love it and so easy, even for me!

      Hope you are well and warm - Cheers

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Sue, drbj, Eddy and Carol.

      Many thanks to all of you for reading and leaving lovely comments. I know Sue and Eddy may not need to replace their covers for years but I can tell you it´s almost impossible to find just covers when you do., even here in Spain.

      Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.

      Hugs..Anne :)

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      What a good idea. I might try this at some point when my covers get faded. Not that we get that much sun in the UK!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Super easy idea, bac2basics, thanks.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderfully creative hub and voted up for sure.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great ideas here and so easy. You are very clever my friend.

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