Monday, May 7, 2012

Draperies to Patio Furniture

"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

Sofa Make-Over

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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  1. You did a great job. New cushions are so expensive you may as well buy new furniture. I wish I had a sewing machine and just a little more sewing talent than I have now.

    Robin Flies South

    1. Thank you so much. You are so right concerning buying new cushions costing as much as new nearly. I am very thankful I was able to make these.

  2. Wow! How talented are you? I need some new covers for my patio furniture and I don't sew a lick. When can you get her ? 😉Thanks so much for sharing this at my linky party! I hope to see you again next week!

    1. Thank you so much for your comments. They are not that hard to do. Just take apart what you have and use them as a pattern to make your on. If I can do it you can also. Best wishes, Jo-Ann

  3. I love the fabrics you used! I'm a new follower and would love if you followed me back at

  4. What a great way to repurpose your curtains. You obviously have a lot of sewing talent - they look great!

  5. Absolutely outstanding job! Your furniture looks beautiful!

  6. How creative and your furniture looks amazing!

  7. Wow, the furniture looks beautiful! You did a fantastic job :)

    Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I can't wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.


  8. Can't believe how fantastic this looks!

  9. Hi. I have these same chairs and am making new cushions for them. I bought them without the cushions and therefore have no pattern to go by. Is there any chance you have the measurements of the originals? Thank you.

  10. The drapery us just lovely! Perfectly crafted and truly inviting! :)

    1. Thank you so much for your comment. Blessings to you, Jo-Ann

  11. I am amazed how you put everything together! Let me just say, the fabric is very pretty! I also made chair covers before for my dining chairs and kitchen chairs. What I did was trace out fabric pieces onto paper to have a permanent pattern since I needed several covers.

    Roxie Tenner

    1. Thank you Roxie for viewing my post and for leaving such and encouraging comment. Blessings to you, Jo-Ann

  12. What a talent here,you shared such a great and pretty pics .love them all.


    1. Muhammad Amjad, thank you for viewing my post and for the encouraging comment you left. Blessings, Jo-Ann

  13. Well done, the makeover looks so successful; I love the new fabrics, full of pinkish flowers.



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