"When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated, as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. John 6:5-13 NIV
As I think on this passage of scripture, I see that Jesus did not wish to waste things. Jesus could work miracles, yet he didn't want to waste leftovers. Seeing this helps me to strive, to not waste what He has provided for me, whether it is food or anything else. So when I needed material to recover some patio furniture that was left at the house we bought in WV, I started looking through what I had on hand. I found drapes that I had made, a few years back, for our former home, but was not being used at our new (to us) home, so I decided it would be perfect to recover the patio furniture.
I remember the "Sound of Music" film where Julie Andrews used the drapes to make clothing for the children. So if she could do that, I could surely redo my patio furniture with the material from my drapery project.
Here is what I did, I took each piece of the patio furniture cushion apart and used the pieces as my pattern to cut out the new cushions from my drapes.
This was the chair fabric that I removed to use as a pattern.
This is the lounge chair fabric, I removed to use as a pattern to make it.
This is the fabric that I removed to make a pattern for the couch.
This is the material I removed from the foot stool to us as a pattern for it.
This is the material from the drapery project used to recover all the pieces of patio furniture.
Next I laid out the pattern pieces on the fabric and cut it out as follows.
This is the couch pattern laying on the material. I have the back piece folded in half, it is laid on the fold of the material. I had to cut two of these, and the other piece is for the seat cushions to go on the couch. I cut four of these.
The above picture is the pattern for the swivel chair and for the foot stool. I cut out two of each piece.
This is the pattern piece for the lounge. I cut two of these.
There was binding and cording and zippers that needed to be replaced, so I measured the length and the width of each piece and cut the stripes accordingly. I used the cording that was taken off, but needed to purchase new zippers and buttons.
Here is how each piece looks with the drapery material replacement.
Swivel Chair Make-Over
Lounge Chair Make-Over with Foot Stool
Here is what the complete setting looks like on my entry porch.
I also made some throw pillows to go on it.
"Waste Not, Want Not" is a saying I have heard as long as I can remember, meaning if you don't waste things, you are less likely to end up lacking.
Jesus told his disciples to gather up all the leftovers that nothing go to waste. Jesus wants us to use what we have and not waste. I am looking at what I have, to see if it can be used for other purposes before I discard it and go buy more. Hope you are looking for ways to use what you have on hand for other purposes. I am so thankful that I saw the potential in those drapes becoming my new patio furniture. It didn't cost me anything, except the cost of the new zippers.
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