DIY tropical cushions from a duvet set

Following my garden bench makeover, I bought a couple of fantastic navy outdoor chairs from John Lewis for our patio – great value at £50 each, made even more affordable thanks to some gift vouchers we received last Christmas. They look fabulous next to my blue bench and are super comfy, but felt like they could do with little cushions.

During my hunt for inexpensive, easy care, tropical print rectangular cushions (which turned out to be fruitless), I chanced upon this duvet set from Accessorize Home on, on sale at £19 for the single size.

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Tropical Orchid Duvet Set from Accessorize Home

The fun bold pattern is perfect for my colourful garden. So it was another case of “if you can’t find it, make it“. I’m no expert on the sewing machine, but I have taught myself basic sewing skills through online tutorials and I find sewing to be a perfect rainy day activity. To make a zippered cushion cover, I follow the tutorial by Design*Sponge.

I was able to make 4 cushions (35x50cm) from the duvet set, 2 for the garden chairs and the other 2 for sale.

John Lewis Salsa Garden chairs and DIY cushions

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Pretty happy with them! 🙂

Now to find a weatherproof coffee table.

Patio with blue bench and navy garden chairs
Love how the wisteria trained over the pergola provides shade over the patio in the afternoon



  1. July 10, 2016 / 10:30 pm

    What a brilliant idea Meera. Though only if you’re a bit capable with a sewing machine. Unlike me. (Still troubling my poor mum for so much as sewing on a button.) I’m loving these chairs and at £50 a total steal. Your patio is looking fabulous. x

    • Meera
      July 11, 2016 / 10:37 pm

      Aww that made me laugh, Fiona! 😀
      Thank you lovely, we’re delighted with the chairs. The patio is a happy relaxing place now, especially when it’s not raining! x

  2. July 11, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    Brilliant idea – I can never find good fabric, so I’m going to start hunting the bed linen sales now!! What a find… And let’s take a moment to appreciate those beautiful chairs! You must be so pleased with how this space is looking 💕💕 x

    • Meera
      July 11, 2016 / 10:45 pm

      Thank you hun! Yes, keep an eye out for patterned bed linen 😀
      The chairs are great, really comfy and the colour is gorgeous too. And surprisingly affordable.
      I’d spend most of my days here if I could… if only the weather would behave itself! x

    • Meera
      September 16, 2016 / 8:45 pm

      Thanks so much, Jenn! So lovely of you to say 🙂

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