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Old 07-24-2007, 05:06 PM   #1
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When I sold the Casita I recovered the cushions myself, what a big job. I didn't want to order that gnarly fabric from the factory, so I bought ultrasuede and it turned out nicely, but it was a lot of work, 12 yards of fabric and 9 yards of zipper!
So now that I have the Boler, the cushion covers are in good shape but not pristine enough for me, so to avoid the piping, surround-strips, and fighting heavy fabric on my non-industrial machine...I am going to take a short-cut, that'll make for easily washable covers, too.

I'm going to cut an outline of the cushion with an extra 14" perimeter, then dart to conform to the pad, and then put in heavy duty elastic in a casing around the edges. I think it should fit really snugly and look fitted, plus I can take them off to wash, or make others for spares. This way, no zippers, piping, wrestling (the drycleaner bag method is a great idea). I can use regular or even stretchy fabric.

I won't be doing these for a few weeks, but I'll put pix up when they're done.
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Old 07-24-2007, 06:19 PM   #2
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When I sold the Casita I recovered the cushions myself, what a big job. I didn't want to order that gnarly fabric from the factory, so I bought ultrasuede and it turned out nicely, but it was a lot of work, 12 yards of fabric and 9 yards of zipper!
So now that I have the Boler, the cushion covers are in good shape but not pristine enough for me, so to avoid the piping, surround-strips, and fighting heavy fabric on my non-industrial machine...I am going to take a short-cut, that'll make for easily washable covers, too.

I'm going to cut an outline of the cushion with an extra 14" perimeter, then dart to conform to the pad, and then put in heavy duty elastic in a casing around the edges. I think it should fit really snugly and look fitted, plus I can take them off to wash, or make others for spares. This way, no zippers, piping, wrestling (the drycleaner bag method is a great idea). I can use regular or even stretchy fabric.

I won't be doing these for a few weeks, but I'll put pix up when they're done.
What a great idea!
I can't wait to see it!
I made black out curtains for our Scamp (we do music festivals and so sleep in late) and
want to do more!
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Old 07-24-2007, 08:31 PM   #3
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Suzanne, looking forward to pictures and project report. Our Trillium has decent cushions, too, but I'm tired of the 1970's look.

Kate, how did you make your black-out curtains? Summer nights aren't very dark up here in Alaska.
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Old 07-24-2007, 09:03 PM   #4
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I think that is a EXCELLENT idea!

I also made my cushion covers from scratch in the Boler and I know what you mean - all that piping! It was brutal (but very nice in the end). Too much work for anyone to attempt twice in a lifetime. Your idea will look sharp, and I like that you will be able to just slide the covers on and off quickly for washing.
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Old 07-24-2007, 09:45 PM   #5
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Suzanne, looking forward to pictures and project report. Our Trillium has decent cushions, too, but I'm tired of the 1970's look.

Kate, how did you make your black-out curtains? Summer nights aren't very dark up here in Alaska.

I went to the local fabric store and bought the heaviest duty black out lining they could get.
I made very simple curtains and we use velcor to anchor the curtains in place overnight.
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I went to the local fabric store and bought the heaviest duty black out lining they could get.
I made very simple curtains and we use velcor to anchor the curtains in place overnight.
Black out lining... thanks! I'm currently using thick dark towells
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I haven't done any in the trailer, but years ago I covered old sofa cushions with pieces of fabric like I was wrapping a present- smooth side out and a safety pin to hold the fabric in place. I used inexpensive sheets and cut them to fit the "packages." It actually looked pretty decent and was easy to wash.

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We bought black-out panel curtains at Linens and things. With the 20% off coupons they always do, think it ran about $50 to do the whole Scamp. They had rod pockets on both ends so all we had to do was cut in the middle and glue stick the bottom seam. One panel made two long curtains. They are very good blackout curtains as well and they look pretty good too.


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Old 07-25-2007, 02:18 AM   #9
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I just bought some black corduroy and some other dark material from value village and sewed it as liners in my curtains---the black cord is on the side windows and the big back window I just folded long curtains in half and have this other darker material as a liner---no curtains on front window because we always put our window cover on at night...
After being away this last trip in the bright sun (at 0445!!!) we may cover the little window over the stove and door---the other windows were fine though...
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This is pretty much what I have done in both Scamps. Scamp one still has the original upholstery but I cut egg crate foam the size and shape of the cushions and then made slipcovers. Not only can they come off to wash easily- I can redecorate easily too! Next time though, I am going to make them reversible. In Scamp 2, I also made a bed spread from the same fabric so when the bed is down, it still matches everything else!
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