DIY No Sew Cushions

Denika Coakley
by Denika Coakley
4 Materials
3 Hours

I searched and searched for affordable material to upholster my cushions with. Everything i liked was 40-60$ a yard and I needed 6 yards. I didn't want to get just any fabric because these are bench cushions that will endure a LOT of traffic.

I was in the curtain isle because i also need new curtains, and when i was feeling the black out curtains I thought, hmmm this is super nice material and very durable so i picked up two and decided here we go 18$ each to upholster my cushions. They were just black though so i needed dimension. I always knew i could paint fabric (mostly because most of my pants are stained with paint from projects and it doesn't come off) So home i went and if it was a major fail, well it was 18$ lost vs 200$ in material.

Prep and Start

Iron your curtains and flip them over, your cushion will go on the blackout side. If your cushion is much smaller simply cut your fabric to fit and then wrap your cushion like a present.


Next simply glue your cushion seem with super glue. Get the glue that grabs quickly, some glue works great but takes hours to set, you want the glue to hold fast so you don't have to hold it.


Keep wrapping your present! Really, wrap and glue the ends JUST like wrapping paper. Pull it tightly.


Depending on the curtain and material you use, your paint might need half water or just a little bit. I used about half and half water mixed and tested patterns on the back as well.

Prep For Your Pattern

The painters tape helps if your doing more of a structured pattern but you don't have to use it. These cushions would look really nice free handed as well or with lots of color. The options are endless!

Bring it to Life!

I decided on a herringbone design and i am so happy with it. The best part is each brush stroke is different, some are thick and some are lop sided but don't worry, when they ALL are different it looks awesome and authentic!


Hand Painted Cushion Covers for 18 dollars!! These cushions were going to cost me 200$ to upholster. Hope you love this project as much as i do!!

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  • Amy Patterson Buchert Amy Patterson Buchert on May 04, 2020

    First of all, great job! I am always looking at saving a few dollars without losing my aesthetic so kudos! What type of paint would be best for this? At first I was Thinking fabric but your affiliate link just says acrylic.


  • Em Em on May 06, 2020

    How long has the glue lasted? I have never had superglue work on most anything. Plastic, wood, ceramic etc. It seems like it would tear off of the foam very easily with people sitting on it.

  • Wendy Barnes Wendy Barnes on May 06, 2020

    How can I do this to replace my outdoor, patio cushions ?

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  • Caryn hill Caryn hill on Apr 29, 2022

    I did it on a wicker 3-seater "couch" for my dining room over a foam cushion with a matching extra drape and used safety pins to hold the gathered fabric like a fitted sheet and I can wash it when needed. Too lazy to sew in elastic!

  • Jfl52472983 Jfl52472983 on Apr 29, 2022

    I will give it a go.