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Old 03-31-2006, 11:14 AM   #1
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I talked to Scamp this a.m... I asked how much materal it took to do a 16ft side dinnette.. it was 10 yards.... so will be scouting out some good sales soon.. even tho the upholestry isnt bad i would eventually like to re-do. They have some n ew colors coming out, so they said they would send me samples.. I think most are a patterned material, but I want a plain solid color...
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Old 03-31-2006, 11:24 AM   #2
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Christi, In your talks with Scamp do you think they would do custom colors if you sent them the material? The reason I ask is because the price for replacement covers from Scamp seemed cheaper than getting them made from at a upholstery shop. Ebay has had some great fabric deals in thre past.


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I talked to Scamp this a.m... I asked how much materal it took to do a 16ft side dinnette.. it was 10 yards.... so will be scouting out some good sales soon.. even tho the upholestry isnt bad i would eventually like to re-do. They have some n ew colors coming out, so they said they would send me samples.. I think most are a patterned material, but I want a plain solid color...
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Old 03-31-2006, 01:01 PM   #3
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Evan.. I have no idea. i didnt even think to ask them that. but thinking they put out so many of these as a production i doubt it.... It would be up to you to find an upholestry shop.. I asked them how much 'just' the covers were and they told me $340 for the 16 side dinnette..
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It never hurts to ask. The shop that does upholstery for Casita used to take custom orders and make the cushions using your own fabric. I'm not sure if they still do however. This was between you and the upholsterer. Casita didn't get involved beyond putting the cushions in the camper if you wanted them to do that prior to pick up or delivery.

A long time ago I was asking Wayne about a different style cabinet for a Scamp. If I remember correctly, he said it was a separate company that made the cabinets. Scamp bought them in bulk under contract at a greatly reduced rate. So, they weren't really interested in shopping around for a different and more expensive cabinet. That kind of left it open if you could get the cabinet maker to make something custom to your tastes that would meet Scamps specs didn't it?
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Old 04-02-2006, 09:55 PM   #5
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Christi, Bennita that's what I mean. $340 for a set covers is cheap. It is less than half the amount based on quotes I have been getting at the upholstry shops. That's even supplying the fabric. I think I'll give a call to Scamp/Casita to see if they will do custom work and if it would be any cheaper. I want new colors for my cushions but not for $800 dollars quoted at the upholstry shops. Thanks for the info.
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Old 04-05-2006, 01:09 PM   #6
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Outlet stores!! There are BIG outlet stores in any large urban area!! find one! Find a home seamtress in your local town- you wouldn't need an upholsterer, really.

You could get two different fabrics if you wanted, if the outlet didn't have a full 10 yards in one color- the pretty pattern for the fronts and matching plain for the back! Piping is sold pre-made, too- of course it wouldn't be made of the same fabric- but you get a complimentary color.

I'm NOT all that talented a seamtress- but I 've made clothing for the Ren Faire- and so I thought- If I made doublets and stuff----- I'm going to tackle my own replacement cushion covers!!!!! *sigh* if only I didn't HAVE to do zippers.. How I HATE putting in zippers... maybe I'll do velcro instead!
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Old 04-05-2006, 02:01 PM   #7
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Why bother with zippers. By the time the fabric is old, ugly and dirty, you'll just unzip it and make new again. Why not just sew where you would normally put a zipper together with a needle and upholstery thread using a baseball stitch?
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Old 04-05-2006, 03:38 PM   #8
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let me know if Scamp will sew up ''custom' ones. they did send me samples and they are very nice but they are 'plaids" and i want a solid color... plaids dont go with Flamingo's..LOL
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Remember to use vinyl "fabric" on the bottom when you recover your cushions.

So when you get caught in that thunderstorm you can come inside and not drip on the furniture.

Ask me how I know how handy that vinyl bottom fabric is.
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Old 04-06-2006, 11:48 PM   #10
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Christy I will let you know what Scamp says about doing custom covers. I bought the fabric off ebay for $50. From what people are saying in this post I might need a little more. Debra your idea of a home seamtress is a good one. I do know a local lady that works out of her home and does clothing for very fair prices. Perhaps she will take on this project?
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Old 04-07-2006, 03:40 PM   #11
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The last travel trailer I had was an old 1967 stick 'n tin. Its cushions were covered in towels. No zippers. Had velcro. It was really nice, cause I could pull them off and wash them. They came out good as new!

I would bet a seamstress could do it. It is the same sort of sewing as clothing, not requiring any stretching of straps or setting springs or roll and tuck or any of the stuff that upholsterers do to chairs. These are basically slipcovers for square pieces of foam.
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Why bother with zippers. By the time the fabric is old, ugly and dirty, you'll just unzip it and make new again. Why not just sew where you would normally put a zipper together with a needle and upholstery thread using a baseball stitch?
That's exactly what I had my local upholsterer do for me...the cost of having zippers or velcro was quite a bit more expensive and as my tastes change and as I have tons of fabric at the studio, I opted for a less expensive option. In fact, I may keep this set on and have her put another over this set and still stitch the last seam.

The idea that one can use a thin piece of plywood as a base and simply staple the fabric on is a great idea, imho. You could still have piping and buttons and all sorts of cool things. I would buy a really good foam, upgrade on that, and save on the labor.


Have fun, Christie! Let me know what you find!
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Old 04-24-2006, 11:53 AM   #13
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I need to make cushions from scratch...foam, covers and all...but have no idea what type of foam to purchase. I like the idea of using memory foam for the top 2 or so inches but there are so many different grades and densities of foam for cushions that I am boggled as to what to purchase.

Does anyone know the density and composition of their foam cushions?

Thanks!
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Being in Michigan, it may be cool enough for memory foam, but let me warn you...Memory foam can be overly warm. I have it on my bed, and in the summer it can be uncomfortable.
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