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Blowing in the wind
If you have an outdoor living space, whether it's a patio, deck or balcony, and you've purchased furniture with cushions and pillows, you've likely made a considerable investment. Consequently, you want that furniture to last a long time. Some outdoor cushions and pillows come with ties to secure them to the furniture, but what do you do if your cushions and pillows didn't come with ties? You could take a chance that the wind will never gust, children will never pull off the cushions to make a fort and if a cushion or pillow does fly off, it will land on a perfectly clean patch of grass. Right. So here's an easy, inexpensive way to add ties to keep those cushions and pillows in place. For this project, we're adding ties to IKEA patio cushions. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to make your own.
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Cushion ties: Tools and materials
The only tools you need are something to mark the hole locations on the fabric (a pencil works fine), a needle with a large eye and something with which to punch holes (a paper punch or leather punch, depending on the thickness of the fabric). It also helps to have Fray Check, a clear liquid that keeps fabric from, you guessed it, fraying.
For materials, we used 1/4-inch-wide bias tape purchased at a fabric store. You can use whatever cord, ribbon or fabric you think will look good and be strong enough to hold your cushions in place.