When my client asked me to replace the covers over her outdoor cushions (you know, the kind that are made out of the almost plastic-y fabric that have a bend in them so that the seat and back are together in one cushion) that are on the chairs in front of her shop here in Coronado, I balked. The covers that were on (and falling apart) the cushions at that point had (gasp) velcro for a closure. Have I ever mentioned I HATE velcro? Not only do I hate it, my sewing machine hates it as well. I avoid it like the plague.
So I figured out an easier, and I think, better way. I used little ties instead. It becomes a part of the design of the cover and looks waaaaay better than velcro ever could. This cover was actually pretty simple. It has a mock-box at the bottom to give the cover a more fitted look without making a boxed cover, which probably wouldn't bend the way it needs to. My client was happy, I was happy, and, most importantly, my sewing machine was happy!