Customer Project

Personalized Patio Chairs

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  • Patio Update
    Concrete Patio Update
  • Porch Railings
    Update Porch Railings with Stops Rust
  • Estimated Time

    2 Days

  • Challenge Level


  • Tools & Supplies:

    • Patio Chairs
    • Steel Wool
    • Mild Detergent
    • Outdoor-Treated Canvas; 1 ½ Yards Per Chair
    • Sewing Machine and Supplies
    • Fabric Appliques
    • Metal Cutters

  1. Cut the old webbing from the patio chairs.
  2. Scrub down the aluminum with steel wool and mild detergent. Allow it to dry.
  3. Coat the chairs with Rust-Oleum® Professional Aluminum Primer and let them dry completely.
  4. Spray the chairs with Rust-Oleum® Universal® Spray Paint in the color of your choice. We used black.
  5. Measure the outdoor canvas using the old webbing as a guide. Be sure to add a few extra inches for seams on the top, middle, and bottom of the seats. You’ll need approximately 1½ yards of canvas per chair.
  6. Sew the pieces together with their right sides facing toward each other. Make sure you leave a ¼-inch seam allowance and use outdoor canvas thread, which is sold at most fabric stores.
  7. Turn the canvas inside out.
  8. Using zigzag stiches, sew an applique of your choice onto the center of the canvas. For my applique, I chose a canvas picture of my dogs, Bella and Sophie, since they are always sitting on the patio chairs.
  9. Starting at the top fold-over of the fabric, begin sewing small, even stiches all the way across, to the end. To sew the middle section, pinch the fabric together and sew while keeping the rest of the fabric taut. Check the stiches periodically.
  10. Pull the fabric tight and fold over the last section (the bottom) and sew across.
  11. Toast to your new chairs!