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Lettered Fall Porch Swing Cushion

Another Burlap Craft Tutorial for You

Dave and I lettered our fall porch swing cushion! I've always loved lettered items - pillows, banners, paintings. It's just fun and makes for an easy autumn decorating idea - and a conversational one, too.


Here you will find our tutorial for making this burlap craft for your fall decor.

We like it because it's just plain fun for your autumn decorating.
lettered porch swing cushion for fall

We are really liking how our fall porch swing cushion turned out. Our neighbors like it, too!



Tutorial for Our F-A-L-L Swing Cushion

porch swing for fall


To make the lettered porch swing cushion, I first measured the back of my porch swing. It was approximately four feet by one and a half feet.


fall porch swing cushion - begin with a piece of burlap


I already had a nice-sized scrap of orange burlap from last fall, however it wasn't quite wide enough. So I added some width by sewing a narrow strip of tan fabric (sheet) to each side.

Then I cut a piece of the same tan sheeting for the back that was the same size as the front.

I put right sides together and sewed them together leaving an opening of about 12 inches. Then I turned the cushion cover right side out.


fall porch swing cushion - make the letters for FALL


Next step was the lettering for F - A - L - L. To do this I cut 2 sheets of regular white paper in half (8 1/2 by 11 inches). So I ended up with 4 pieces of paper that were 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches.


fall porch swing cushion - use sheets of paper to make the letters


I used these sheets of paper to make block letters for the word "FALL".


lettered porch swing cushion - cut out the letters and place them evenly on the burlap


Then I cut out the letters and spaced them evenly on the front.

Once the letters were traced, then I painted the letters with black acrylic (craft) paint. I could have used the marker but it was more tedious and did not show up as well as the paint.


lettered porch swing cushion - letters are evenly spaced


Once I got them spaced the way I liked (I used a ruler to help me)


lettered porch swing cushion - get your brush and paint ready


I traced the outline of the letters with a black marker. Now it's time for painting the letters with black acrylic paint.

I got out my brush and a small bottle of black acrylic paint.


lettered swing cushion - paint inside the lines of the letters


As an aside, please be sure to protect your surface very well before you paint. Notice that I put a vinyl tablecloth underneath my project.

And realize that the paint will seep through the burlap to the back unless you slip something in between the front and the back like several layers of plastic garbage bags. I found that it took a while for the paint to dry on the burlap. Longer than I expected.

Just paint inside the lines. It's actually easy to do. But keep your surface protected please.


lettered swing cushion - painted letters are still wet


The painted letters are done but still wet!


lettered swing cushion - you can embellish the letters or make them more fancy if you like!


Just a close-up picture of the lettering. I added a few embellishments - just simple dots on the letters.


Video: Watch Our Tutorial for Our Lettered Porch Swing Cushion





We show you in our short video how to make our fall porch swing cushion.


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lettered swing cushion - stuff the pillow with plastic bags, polyester fiberfill or pillow you already have


When the paint was dry, I stuffed the "pillow" with plastic bags. Or alternatively, you could fill it with polyester fiberfill or pillows you already had.


lettered swing cushion - pin or hand sew the opening close


I simply pinned the opening shut but alternatively you could sew it shut. I took the easy way out on this project.


lettered swing cushion - add at least four twine ties to the corners of the swing - or more in the middle of the top and bottom if needed


Finally, I put 4 twine ties in each corner by threading twine through the burlap. I used the twine ties to secure my "Fall Pillow" to my swing.


autumn swing cushion - tie the cushion to the slats of your porch swing


I tied our fall cushion to the slats of the porch swing back - two ties on the top.


lettered swing cushion - two ties on the bottom


And two ties on the bottom corners. You could add more ties if your porch swing is wider - which it probably is!


Our porch swing is ready for fall!


We are happy with how it turned out. You could do the same kind of lettering on pillows, banners, flag - just about anything for any season.



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