Still, I am pretty embarrassed when we have company over and they see the state of our patio furniture. The blistering heat + all the rain we have had + a dog who likes to dig =
Pretty sad, isn't it?
I had seen a post on Pinterest where someone had re-covered her patio furniture with shower curtains to make them waterproof. I though that was a brilliant idea, but all of the shower curtains that I found and liked were fabric and needed a liner because they were not waterproof. Plus they were pricey. One day when I was looking at fabric in Wal-Mart, I came across some material that was vinyl on one side and cotton on the other. I don't know what it is technically called, but it reminds me of the cheap tablecloths that they sell during holidays. Plus I really liked the pattern and the material was fairly cheap.
I pondered the project for a few weeks, but decided to give it a try when Deputy D was going to have a friend over and I knew they would be out in the backyard. Plus, I haven't had a project for Make Something Monday in a while, and this seemed like a good one.
My first step was to call my mom and tell her what I was going to try and make sure that the material would sew on my sewing machine. She seemed to think it would work. However, when I went to purchase the material, a lady was shopping on the same aisle and was watching me wrestle down the very tall bolt of material. She asked what I was planning on doing with the material, and I told her. She eyed me very skeptically. "Are you sure that's the best material to use for that project?" I explained to her that I had discussed it with my mom, and we were pretty sure it would go through my machine and that I was confident that it would work fine. She just said, "Hmmm... Well good luck with that," and then walked off shaking her head.
My confidence was shaken a bit, but I decided to give it a shot anyway.
I took the old cushion and then measured the material to fit around it.
Then, pinned it down alone the edges and sewed it down. I had a couple of areas where the machine was a bit finicky, but overall it sewed down just like regular material.
Once I sewed down the long edge and one short edge, I stuffed the old cushion in.
Now, this is probably now the best way to do this, but I just took the whole thing back to the machine and stitched down the last short edge all the way across and trimmed off the excess. I planned on covering it with ribbon or bias tape, but I was not unhappy with the way it turned out, so I just left it alone. Yes, you can see the seam on one edge, but I don't think it looks terrible.
Finally, I added a length of ribbon to each corner of the cushion to tie to down to the chairs. I only had enough material to cover two of the existing cushions, but I am so pleased with the results that I can't wait to get more material to cover the rest!