That blue is beautiful. I've got window boxes close to it and I am painting my picnic table same color. It looks extraordinary in the garden. And the material you found is magnificent!!! WOW!!!! You did a terrific job. makes me wish I could sew!
I sew buttons on clothes and put up hems in pants, but that's it. I need a new top for my swing set, but have no idea how to go about doing that so here it sits with a faded out canopy with a few worn holes here and there. Mom always told us that we had to learn because she wouldn't be around forever. Did I listen, oh NO!
Well, the seats were tricky, because they are built around the frame. The first one I did didn't fit. Even with using the original as a template. Pillows are easy. I took the easy route on the canopy... I was going to get very 'stitchy' with it and cut and sew separate front and sides, but then I decided to keep it simple and let it be a 'handkerchief hem', so viola, limited sewing on the canopy!
well let me say this project had me looking up sewing machines online (my grandmother was a seamstress and a good one...never could get close to what she could do she was so wonderful!) I picked up her green thumb but never liked being indoors and never got the sewing 'genes' darn it (pun intended ;) )
I know the old worn out canopy on my swing looks pretty complicated but I guess it doesn't have to be like the old one. Should check with a friend who put a top on her swing. Found some old long cushions in the trash, had to take them as the foam was a very good grade, going to try and use an old electric knife hubby has to see if I can cut and make it fit. It is a perfect length. One of these days...
MissingRosie, at some point I took something into Walmart and had them color match it to create that paint color. I have the recipe on my can of paint, I will try to scan and paste it here tomorrow. If I forget, someone please remind me!
I have to say, I have a love/hate relationship with sewing. It can take more patience than I have sometimes, mistakes are easy to make, even when you do it right sometimes you keep thinking "well, I could have done this and that would have been better". I am not a seamstress, and I try to not let my local friends know I sew much, because I am not one for fixing, mending, or altering other's things, because I just am not that perfect at it. But, I do enjoy making things that are kind of custom, I think I've learned that making it easy is not a sin, and I have to say it is very satisfying when I get it right. So thanks, everyone, for all your positive comments.
Does anyone have ideas as to what to do with just the frame of a swing. We have a frame and old swing, much too much trouble to redo since we aquired a much better swing from a family member. Hate to throw the old swing away. What to do with it?
Hanging baskets from the frame sounds like a great idea. Draping plastic over it is a good idea too, I don't have to worry about plants freezing, but the way our weather has been lately you never know when that will happen.
Sure wish I could hold a sewing class for you gals. 30 years drapery business and I
ve made more cushions and pillow covers than I can remember. I went to school every summer for 25 years to keep up with the latest. Cut your foam with old electric kitchen knife. If cushions are old take steam iron and shsoot steam to plump them up again. We use different equipment but these are just suggestions of what you may have at home that will work. Always zipper your cushions because at some point intime they will need cleaning and its much esier to remove and throw into washer. I carried and sold outdoor fabrics cause in Fl. fading is a huge problem and I wanted products to last.
Main thing to consider when making outdoor cushions is the foam. Now there is an outdoor foam that is all small holes right thru it and it allows cushions to dry much faster if out in the rain. Plus it does not mildew. Not cheap but long lasting.
Sure wish I still had business going as I certainly enjoyed it. Still have all my workroom set up but no clients for past 2 years. I'm only 75 and don't really have desire to completely retire. Soooo I turned to gardening and ponding. Just dug my last pond 10 X 20 last July and enjoy my koi.
Forgot to add your swing is just beautiful. You did a great job on it. Makes me want to sit down with a glass of tea and just relax. Guess I should make time to go to yard sales. Only been to 1 in my life and there all around me.