If you already read Recycled, Repurposed, Reborn, and Reformed, you won’t be too surprised to learn that I also hate to RE-place torn, ripped, or worn out things.
Last week, I spent a hot day (in the upper eighties) working on a project and I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.
In the past few years, I’ve purchased a couple of replacement cushions for the deck swing.
Every time I do it, hubs asks me why I’m not sewing or repairing it — as we all know that I’m mostly super
cheap thrifty and frugal — I say mostly ‘cos I’m obsessed with pricey designer handbags and shoes (and shopping in general).
Hey, who said that a woman has to always be consistently one way or another? Sometimes it’s less painful for me to whip out that credit card and buy a Chanel than it is to fork over $2.99 for a roll of twine. (Read all about that HERE.)
Southern California sun is wickedly harsh on fabric — even though I put the cushions and chairs in the shed when not in use, it weakens, tears, and eventually disintegrates completely like this:
I went to JoAnn Fabrics near 24Hour Fitness in Oceanside and was so happy to discover outdoor canvas material on sale — half off the regular price of $19.99 a yard. Yay! I needed approximately 54X70. The sales associates were very helpful and suggested I try fusible bonding web for heavy fabrics and my trusty glue gun for reinforcement areas. Anytime I can fire up that glue gun is a great day! (Also a day for an injury, more on that later.)
The fusible bonding needs heat; I brought the ironing board and my Rowenta on the deck. Yes, it’s leopard covered. Of course it is.
I placed the cushion flat on the deck, spread the material over the cushion, and then turned it over.
Measuring and ironing the fusible bonding all the way around.
The webbed fusible bonding for heavy fabric worked better than I thought. This isn’t the most professional looking job, but the material is bright and fresh and way less expensive than another replacement cushion.
I used the glue gun to reinforce the corners and this blister was my reward.
My research indicated that the temperature of the glue is about 385 degrees, but I swear it felt like I had dipped my finger in the bowels of Hell.
I might go back to JoAnns and get more material to redo the awning to match. Although it’s still in good shape, now it bugs me that it doesn’t match the cushion!
- Inexpensive Outdoor Chair Cushion (rabbitholeinteriors.com)