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Old 04-26-2011, 05:54 PM   #1
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Can anybody tell me how many yards of fabric it takes to cover all of the cushions in a 13' Scamp?I did search but there seems to be a lot of different answers out there.
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:09 PM   #2
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Well the different answers depend on the fabric. If it is a stripped pattern you will need a lot more. I just did mine with a solid fabric and 14 yards was enough.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:35 AM   #3
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You will get different answers as fabric comes in different widths (24", 48" 52"etc) so you will have to measure your cushions and make a sketch to come up with an answer....you need to add 1/2" all around for a seam allowance.
example: one cushion with fabric on both sides 24"x 24"x 4"= 2 pieces 25"x25" and one piece 5"x 97"........draw it out on paper and figure out the best width for your job and the best use of fabric...... like the above poster a solid fabric or a pattern that would work in any direction will go further......the 5" pieces can be seamed together to get a longer length...... in this example a 32" or 52" wide fabric will work. There is other variables but this example should help (while i'm not the best in this field i have fabricated many boat cushions like this and maybe someone has a better way to do it).
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:53 AM   #4
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If you are looking to save some $$, do it like the boat...they take a peice of wood, cut it out to fit the shape of the seat, and they put the foam on top, then cover with fabric, and staple it to the back. No sewing involved!!

Note that this would work with the pieces that go on the bottom, not too sure about the curved "back" pieces.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:15 AM   #5
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Can anybody tell me how many yards of fabric it takes to cover all of the cushions in a 13' Scamp?I did search but there seems to be a lot of different answers out there.
Brian,
The fabric I used to cover cushions was 60" wide, so Joe Z. is very correct. Width of the fabric is important to consider.
As Joe says...so is pattern. Another variable is nap, as corduroy and some other fabrics look much different depending on the way the nap lies.

To cover an area 60" x 72", my guess is 8 yards of 60" fabric. To be safe, I always buy extra. You can always use any leftovers to cover pillows, make a tablecloth, or even a flag! If you have more square inches than what I've used as an example, you'll have to buy more fabric.

Using a patterned fabric is recomended, because soil will not show as much on a patterned fabric as on a solid one. (such as a coffee stain on a light blue background)

Making a slightly smaller cover than the cushion will create a fully smooth and well-packed cushion. I wrap plastic around the foam to make the cushions easier to stuff into the covers.
Best wishes on your project.(See 1990 Casita Redo, Feb 16, 2011)
Mona

Finding advice from an experienced friend, or book on covers, will get you going in the right direction.
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If you are looking to save some $$, do it like the boat...they take a peice of wood, cut it out to fit the shape of the seat, and they put the foam on top, then cover with fabric, and staple it to the back. No sewing involved!!

Note that this would work with the pieces that go on the bottom, not too sure about the curved "back" pieces.

Huh, never thought about doing in that way!
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:34 AM   #7
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Check this guy out as far as the fabric... very cheap and yet very high quality fabric, he bought out a upholstery factory's entire inventory and sells it by the yard or roll. Hope this works....Moose Trading LLC items - Get great deals on Electrical Starter Relay, Sewing Machines PFAFF items on eBay Stores!
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Another thing to keep in mind when picking the fabric and deciding on how much you need is the length of the bunks. If you do not want to have a seam on the top fabric on the bunk in most cases you will have to cut out the bunk fabric on the long side of the fabric not across. If you have any pattern on the fabric all the seat covers will need to be cut in the same direction. Even if it is a solid colour it will often have a faint line in the nap. If thats the case then all the seat covers will need to be cut out in the same direction (normally the long side of the fabric) so they all look the same once together.
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Donna passed on this link to a template for a boler that worked pretty well for my scamp and helped a lot to figure out how much fabric. Take it to the fabric store with you and the staff will normally help you out with it.

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If you are looking to save some $$, do it like the boat...they take a peice of wood, cut it out to fit the shape of the seat, and they put the foam on top, then cover with fabric, and staple it to the back. No sewing involved!!

Note that this would work with the pieces that go on the bottom, not too sure about the curved "back" pieces.
That is exactly what I was planning to do.I am not looking for perfect,just something that looks good in a color that my wife and I can agree on.
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That is exactly what I was planning to do.I am not looking for perfect,just something that looks good in a color that my wife and I can agree on.
If you do the wood base and it's say 24"x24"x4" cut your foam 1/2" bigger all around to 25"x25"x4-1/2".
As Monasimpson says the nap direction is also important
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Members Ken and Diann James have an album. This link will take you to Diann's photos and writeups about reupholstering cushions. Be sure to read the text under the pictures (after you click on the photo): Diann's Cushions
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Check this guy out as far as the fabric... very cheap and yet very high quality fabric, he bought out a upholstery factory's entire inventory and sells it by the yard or roll. Hope this works....Moose Trading LLC items - Get great deals on Electrical Starter Relay, Sewing Machines PFAFF items on eBay Stores!

great tip thank you

they were not in for a week but they called back this week and now have the power restored after the tornadnos in alabama

our new fabric is on the way
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great tip thank you

they were not in for a week but they called back this week and now have the power restored after the tornadnos in alabama

our new fabric is on the way
Really glad the lead worked out for you.............. Moose is a really good guy.. known him for several years and he will do all he can to give you a good deal on his stuff...He has a jam up 12 volt surround sound CD/DVD system for pennys on the dollar if interested try giving him a call and checking it out I looked at the setup when I was at his warehouse and bought 3 setup's from him.....Glad it worked out for you RANDY
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