Making Outdoor Fall Cushions From Dollar Store Tote Bags

by Melanie
3 Materials
10 Minutes

I love having outdoor cushions for every season, but they can get very expensive. I found some great tote bags at the Dollar store that I could use to add to my ever growing fall Decor. These are super easy to make.

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Getting Started....

Here are my totes I purchased from my local Dollar store. I love the owls! To stuff the cushions I am using packing peanuts.

Step One. . Remove Straps

With a pair of scissors I cut the straps off of my totes. I love these totes as they are canvas with a plastic like lining on the inside. So they will dry great in wet weather. Which by the way we have had a lot of!!

Step Two.. Adding the stuffing

I know the packing peanuts may be an unusual choice but I wanted something that would stand up to the crazy fall weather. Unzip your tote and start adding your peanuts. Press down into the corners to allow to fill. Add peanuts to the top then zip tote when you are satisfied with the look. I had the peanuts from packages I received and saved them. You can use foam etc. If you do choose to use peanuts check out pharmacies and businesses that receive parcels. They will be more than happy to get rid of them!

Step Three.. Place in chair!!

So here is my cushions complete. I must say I love how they turned out.

These were super quick and easy to make, and tie in perfect with my fall Decor.

DIY fall ideas

For more creative autumnal decor projects, discover other DIY fall pillow covers here, budget fall DIYs here, and Hometalk's best dollar store fall ideas here.

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  • Marcy Marcy on Oct 15, 2021

    How about stuffing them with all the bags we bring home with our groceries?

  • Sharon Sharon on Feb 22, 2022

    Do you leave the handles attached?

  • Pampam Pampam on Mar 06, 2022

    Are the cushions stuffed with styrofoam peanuts comfortable?

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  • Sandy Sandy on Feb 15, 2024

    Outdoor pillows at big box stores are not cheap. This is such a great idea and will make it really easy to change out pillows as seasons change and for different holidays. Thanks for sharing!

  • Patty Patty on Feb 16, 2024

    Clever and cute!