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Date: 6/14/13 1:30 AM

I decided to make my own accent pillows.
I want to use this fabric
Waverly blue

And use this to coordinate
Stripe

But the stripe one is for outdoor use.
From the description, would it be ok to use it indoor as well?
I haven't really used much home dec fabrics, so I'm not familiar with them.
Thank you for your help!

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Date: 6/14/13 2:37 AM

That should be fine. I used outdoor fabric for the cushions on my kitchen chairs.

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Date: 6/14/13 8:01 AM

No. The Fabric Police will come and get you.

Outdoor fabrics can be very stiff; if that's an issue you can just toss it in the wash/dryer, and it will soften up beautifully. I made my MIL an apron from so-called outdoor canvas, and it came out great. Washing it might have removed the UV protection and other all-weather features, but I figured since she'd be doing most of her cooking inside it wouldn't matter too much.

I have a friend whose living room gets so much sunlight it's practically a sunroom, and she had the brilliant idea of reupholstering all the furniture with outdoor fabric (Sunbrella). Stood up great to kids & pets!

It would probably also make very nice curtains that won't fade!

Have fun. Those are gorgeous together!

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Date: 6/14/13 12:05 PM

Thank you! You made my decision for me!
I'll just hide from the Fabric Police... :p

I'm also making a table runner using the first fabric.
I wonder why those things are so expensive while it's so easy to make??
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Date: 6/14/13 1:36 PM

I'm so glad you started this thread. For weeks my sister and I have been trying to convince her grown daughter, to re-cover her chairs with vinyl. Niece has visions of the "old" style vinyl that grandma had on her kitchen chairs. Niece wants to replace her chair seats with more fabric. She asked if I would help her choose something(If anything has to do with a fabric store, I'm the go-to in the family).

She has 3 large dogs(she keeps inside a lot), at least three indoor cats, and two small children, who spill a lot. Niece is not very good at keeping her house clean. The existing fabric on her chairs is just nasty. A few days ago, I had a brainstorm about the outdoor fabric...I left her a message, hoping she would get back with me this week...they have all of it on sale at Joanns. I'm going to have her look at the outdoor stuff. They have such nice prints and patterns, she is bound to find one that works. I told her she could go with fabric, but I would strongly suggest Scotch Guarding.

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Date: 6/14/13 5:02 PM

For that project I'd really suggest Crypton. It's special order at Joann's, but 50% off this week. It's great stuff and wears like iron.

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Date: 6/14/13 9:24 PM

I think I have the same views on vinyl as your niece--namely, I would be concerned that it would NOT stand up to the abuse of the dogs and cats. Wouldn't it be prone to tearing--and then be unrepairable?

But the outdoor selection at JA is beautiful! I constantly have to talk myself out of it for garb (the 100% synthetic that makes it wear well on furniture would kill a person wearing it in the heat!). But I've picked up some pieces here and there for home dec and bags. It's nice stuff (even washed, although I haven't put it to the test on furniture after washing it).

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Date: 6/15/13 5:51 AM

I have a bench in our "guest" bathroom. The cushion is covered in Sunbrella. Our two granddaughters have lived with us since they were boo-boo babies; needless to say, that cushion cover has been washed many times. It is still brilliant color, soft and most comfortable to sit upon after 8 years of heavy use. I just wish the fabric was not so expensive, but then, you truly get what you pay for. I also have it on our lanai furniture and those cushion covers get washed a minimum of twice a year if not more often, depending if anything was spilled on it. There is no fading of the colors. It is just brilliant!

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Date: 6/15/13 11:55 PM

It works well. I used Sunbrella fabric to cover the seats of my dining room chairs and made accent pillows to match. It is so durable and very pretty not to mention easy to clean. I got the fabric online on sale. Picked the fabric from swatches. That was several years ago and they still look good.

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Date: 6/16/13 3:32 PM

clt3, thank you for the Crypton suggestion. I'll pass it on to Niece. Her teaching schedule didn't allow for us to get together last week. She lost out on all those great sales at Joann's.

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