Stump Seats

Finally, it’s porch time! I love pulling out the patio furniture, planting flowers and getting my backyard decorated for the summer season. My husband and I retrieved three tree stumps from a friend’s removal effort last summer. They provide the extra seating we need for nights around the bonfire or happy-hour on the deck. To spruce them up (no pun intended), I made small cushions to provide extra comfort for our guests and ― of course ― cuteness. You may also consider making coordinating throw pillows. Materials
  • Found tree stumps
  • Outdoor canvas material
  • Matching colored thread
  • Pillow stuffing
  • Ribbon
  • Sewing machine
  • Pencil, chalk or other fabric marker
  • Ruler
  • Rotary cutter and/or scissors
  • Fabric pins
  • Iron
  • Needle and thread
  1. Measure and cut two circles* of fabric with rotary cutter or scissors.
  2. With fabric pieces facing inward, use machine to sew a ½ inch seam along the curve of the circle. Leave a 2-inch opening.
  3. Turn fabric right-side out through your 2-inch opening. Iron seam flat.
  4. Use stuffing to fill pillow to desired thickness.
  5. Hand stitch the opening closed.
  6. If you wish to add a cinch in the middle of the cushion, pull a few stitches through the center to tightly pull the front and back of the cushion together. Add button for decoration.
  7. Hand stitch ribbon to the underside of the cushion, close to the edge allowing for enough slack to tie a knot or bow.
I love to sew, but I am by no means a master seamstress. This is the fun in improving techniques yourself; just have a good time and see it through. There is no better place to exercise your creativity and do-it-yourself spirit than in your outdoor decorating. It provides a flexible, commitment-free space that you can have fun with from year-to-year! I’d love to see and hear about your projects, please send pictures anytime to

Tags: DIY, outdoor seating, sewing

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