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Date: 4/17/13 9:17 AM

I am wondering about making pillow cushions for outdoor folding chairs. I saw on Hobby Lobby now they have "laminated fabric for outdoor use" ... is this a better deal to buy than regular cotton duck like I was thinking?
Also I want to make a cushion for my wheelchair that we can keep in the car & throw in it when using it (not for today no time but future use). Would I use cotton duck or would something else soft & flexible be the ticket? Yet want it sturdy enough not to have problems staying in the car allot. Any advice here? Thanks so much I appreciate it....

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Date: 4/17/13 9:40 AM

I am seeing this fabric everywhere now, HL had it too, think it's designed for totes, diaper changing pads, etc. Advantage-wiping off over washing other cushions and maybe more flexible to sew than canvas-type. For outdoor (getting caught in the rain) it may be as good as the coated fabrics for patio cushions, they sometimes get mildew.
Not sure what needle/thread used to sew it or using a zipper.
For wheelchair a solid piece of foam may hold up better than stuffing or even better, cover a Memory-foam pillow.
For my dog I just change several of her own pillowcases to keep her cushion clean.

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Date: 4/17/13 10:23 AM

I would think about using Sunbrella fabric; it is very durable, hoses off when a wash is needed and isn't bad to sew. It's designed for outdoor furniture and our Sunbrella fabric cushions are 20+ years old and still looking good. It comes in all kinds of designs. I'm not sure how comfy sitting on laminated fabric would be.

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Date: 4/17/13 12:13 PM

Oh ...where do you find Sumbrella fabric? .... Thanks so much...

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Date: 4/17/13 12:32 PM

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I am wondering about making pillow cushions for outdoor folding chairs. I saw on Hobby Lobby now they have "laminated fabric for outdoor use" ... is this a better deal to buy than regular cotton duck like I was thinking?

Laminated fabric has a solid plastic coating fused to the fabric, making it waterproof from that side. It would be like sitting on a piece of plastic. I personally would find it hot and uncomfortable to sit on in summer, because it does not breathe.
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Date: 4/17/13 12:38 PM

Oh I did not know that. Thank you for the info. So it is more suitable for tablecloths . Oh Thank you for the info!

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Date: 4/17/13 8:01 PM

Laminated fabric will need to have a roller foot and a microtex needle. I think the sunbrella is the better choice.

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Date: 4/17/13 8:17 PM

I know you can get it from Seattle Fabrics

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Date: 4/18/13 0:39 AM

Pfifertex is another fabric used for outdoor furniture. It's more the mesh type and is sunresistant. They also have it SEattle Fabrics.

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Date: 4/18/13 7:22 AM

I have found Sunbrella fabric in Joann's. There are several online sources for the material. I have all my outdoor cushions made of the material. I remove the coverings, throw them in the washing machine and presto, they look like new. I also used outdoor foam as the rain water passes through it so quickly and, yet, the foam is sturdy to sit upon. I also have a bench in our guest bathroom covered in Sunbrella and it,too,washes up wonderfully.

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