Adding a big, comfy cushion is a fast way to soften up a timber garden bench.
To make a simple cushion, all you need is a length of calico, a fibrefill insert and basic sewing skills.
Sew the cushion cover, including a zipper, then paint an original design on the front using fabric paint.
Available from craft stores and online suppliers, fabric paint comes in lots of bright colours. It’s easy to use and cleans up with water.
To make painted designs colourfast, they have to be heat-fixed. The easiest way is with an iron, but it’s essential to get the temperature right.
Cut two squares of calico at least 400 x 400mm.
With right sides facing, sew around three sides by hand or use a sewing machine, leaving a 10mm seam allowance. Insert a zipper in the open side.
To prevent the paint from bleeding through the layers of fabric, add a protective plastic insert.