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Sew, what?

Posted by on June 11, 2011

I have about a dozen sewing projects I hope to accomplish before our departure date. One thing on the agenda for today is determining which fabric to use to recover the seat cushions in our salon. Lots of factors to consider here: aesthetics of course, stain-resistance, “workability” (Martha Stewart, I’m not), and now with the arrival of our third crew member, whether or not the fabric makes a good scratching post. (A big part of the reason we need new cushion covers in the first place.)  In addition, Brad has suggested we refinish with waterproof fabric so he can just hose down this inside of the boat instead of dusting.

So today, I’m conducting my own little stainmaster experiment. I’ve picked up some samples from a nearby upholstery outlet, and I’m going to see how stain-resistant they will be.  Looks like that bottle of ketchup that lives in the back of our fridge will finally get some use, and we might have to open a bottle of wine, (for testing purposes, of course.)

Fascinating, I realize, but hopefully our hard work and research now will lead to more fun and relaxation later.

6 Responses to Sew, what?

  1. Heather

    How did the experimenting go? I hope you didn’t let all that red wine go to waste!
    If you haven’t tried it yet, you might want to look at sunshade fabric such as Waverly Sun N Shade. It’s very durable, sun-resistant and mold, mildew, soil & stain resistent.

    Good luck and don’t forget to post photos of the after!

    • Sabrina

      Thanks for the tip! I might look into the Waverly for some cockpit cushions – I saw a lot of fun prints. So far, I’m really impressed with the microfiber! Pen, ketchup, hot sauce, mustard, mildew, dirt… all came out with a little detergent and water. The wine didn’t even soak into the fabric, so, well, more for me!! Tossed it through the washer and dryer last night, so we’ll go round two with the Winking Lizard Spicy Garlic tonight just to be sure.

  2. Mom Fox

    Microfiber sounds as if it would be a good choice. Nice and pliable for those corners! Also, easy care. Any thing I can help with??

    • Brad

      I’ll let Sabrina know, she might have to call you if she gets stuck at some point. We ended up buying microfiber to do all the main cushions because it was on sale. It will look great, and hopefully it will hold up better to kitty claws.

  3. Tanya

    Sabrina, I’m not sure how far you have gotten in your sewing, but I’d like to observe if possible. Let me know.

    • Brad

      I have notified Sabrina, there will probably be PLENTY of times that you can observe. Did Jay want to see my awesome gelcoat prowess? (Blog post to follow in the next few days.)

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