Thursday, July 16, 2009

OUTDOOR LIVING IN CALIFORNIA - PART 2

Way back in February I did a post about how fortunate we are in Southern California to be able to take advantage of our outdoor living space. Every manufacturer of fabrics now has an indoor/outdoor line. The name most everyone knows is Sunbrella.
The nice thing about Sunbrella is it is practically indestructible. Usually made of acrylic, it can withstand sun, rain, children and pets, and still look fabulous.
It comes in a million (okay, maybe not that many) different colors, patterns, textures and price ranges. A great source is outdoorfabrics.com.
This furniture had no existing cushions, so I had the foam cut, put batting on the foam and then made the covers.
One of my favorite things about sewing with Sunbrella and other outdoor fabrics is not having to pre-wash the fabric to shrink it. It doesn't shrink, which just means one less step for me in the process of the job.

I am in the middle of a job right now that is slipcovers for a sofa and 2 chairs using Sunbrella. I will deliver the job on Tuesday and post the pictures soon after.

5 comments:

Karyn - (French Charming) said...

Hi Tamerie,

My goodness...seems there is nothing you can't do! I wish I had the $$, I could put you to work for a good long time. I have a vintage patio set with 8 chairs, three chaise lounges, another patio set with 6 chairs that I would love to get cushions made for.

We've spent a ton of money on our kitchen remodel and pool and spa addition, but our head is almost above water and I'll be after your services!

Hugs,
Karyn

p.s. My word verification is "whines" how did it know? HA!

Dustjacket attic said...

It's great that you can have something nice outside that's not going to get wrecked.xx

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Hi Tamerie ~
What you've done with your furniture is wonderful ~ so talented! Is this your back yard ~ it's gorgeous! Well, I had to drop by and see what you've been up to ~ so glad I did! Blessings,
Katie

Julie@beingRUBY said...

You are certainly clever and inspired and put both of these traits into action!! I love it!

Maija said...

I love the sunbrella fabric! I need to have my outside cushions done- I want to buy extra fabric to make some patio curtains.

ox