It a Scrap Happy day around my house today:). Each month Kate @ Tall Tales from Chiconia hosts a use your scraps party called Scrap Happy. It has been a great motivator for me to use what I have. Waste not, want not is always a good idea:)
I have been working on my backyard lately. Every now and then I do get out of the sewing room believe it or not!:). Our patio table was in extreme need of replacement.
The cushions were destroyed by the sun, the webbing felt a bit weak, and the color was dated. Yep, time to go!
I wanted an all metal table and chairs with large pillows. I started looking online, around stores and on Craigslist for new or almost new sets in the burnt orange-red and greens that are a bit more trendy. But wow, they were pricey! Some were as high as $4,000.00!
Nope, that’s not my way. I will not spend full price on something I can make almost as nice myself. I bought 8 wrought iron chairs on Craig’s List with two extra tables for $500.00.
These chairs are never going to weaken in the Arizona sun and heat:)! They gently rock and are comfortable to sit in even without the cushions. Yea!
I scrubbed and cleaned them up, and bought 10 cans of Rust-Oleum. $60.00 I spray painted everything, including my old table with this lovely hammered bronze. I love it!
Now, on to the pillows. Thick chair covers were anywhere from $35-50 each. Ouch! Nope. Not gunna do it! I found these large Solarium pillows at Costco.
They were two for $15.00. Now we’re talking! I stuck eight of them in my cart and smiled all the way home:). $60.00 for eight! The only thing they needed to make them into chair cushions was ties in two corners to keep them from blowing away in the wind. I can do that!
Scrap Happy to the rescue!! I have a bunch of old orange fabric that I have used to make pioneer skirts and quilts out of. It is the fabric that never reduces no matter how often I use it. Here it is in the quilt I made for my niece. Remember?
I cut a bunch, well really ripped a bunch of 3″ strips.
I cut them in half. Then I folded them in half lengthwise and sewed them into a tube
Next I took out my handy Turn-it All.
This is a wonderful little tool.
You place the plastic tube into your fabric tube and sew the fabric tube end closed.
Next, you use the dowel to push the sewn end into the tube and pushed it through. The fabric magically turns! You can use the dowel to push out the edges. How easy is that?!
I made 16 of these. I then pushed in the open edges, and edge stitched all the way around.
Now I just had to sew them to my pillow cushions.
I folded the ties in half and sewed them to corners of the pillow. They were easy and turned out PERFECT!
I promptly ran outside and tied them to my chairs. They look great!
Woo hoo!! So for a total of $620.00 I now have an all metal table with 8 rocking chairs and large squishy cushions. I saved up to $3500.00! That’s what I’m talking about!!:)
It was definitely worth the elbow grease:). I know we will be enjoying this new set for many many years to come.
I think I may have to eat my pizza from the Fantastic Bake Along pizza party out here on the patio! SWEET!!