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Bring good times to your out­door room with fresh cov­ers stitched by you!

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Outdoor Decorating -

aussie sum­mers are made for after­noons of loung­ing out­side. Now is the per­fect time to rein­vig­o­rate your out­door room and re-cover any weath­ered cush­ions, as even qual­ity out­door fab­rics fade even­tu­ally. It’s a sim­ple job to stitch them your­self, sav­ing you a tidy sum, and you’ll be sit­ting pretty be­fore you’ve poured your first icy drink. Cheers!

Ar­rang­ing wide run­ners

across your ta­ble is a mod­ern twist on place­mats. Stylish run­ners are so ex­pen­sive, you cry. Well, not if you make them your­self. Just pick your fabric, de­cide on the width and length (en­sur­ing there is at least 20cm for the drop at each end), and in­clude a lit­tle ex­tra fabric for the hems. Then, with a lit­tle ba­sic stitch­ing, you’re done!

Turn­ing a ser­vey­our­self

buf­fet-style lunch into some­thing fancier is in the de­tails. A stack of cloth nap­kins to match your scheme will al­ways ap­peal. And here’s a hot tip for tidy stitch­ing on cot­ton nap­kins: press the hems be­fore you sew. Crisp edges make top­stitch­ing an easy-breezy af­fair. In­struc­tions on page 202

FAB­RICS MADE FOR THE GREAT OUT­DOORS

For last­ing good looks, choose mildew-re­sis­tant out­door-rated fab­rics. Check the fabric’s de­tails and look for key terms like UV re­sis­tant and fade-proof. The fab­rics used here were pur­chased on­line from an out­door fabric store. Pre­fer not to tackle the sewing your­self? Take ad­van­tage of its sewing ser­vice and have your cush­ions and cov­ers made. To find out more, visit fabout­door­fab­rics.com.au

To make cush­ions in a hurry,

cut two squares of fabric, 2cm larger than your insert. With fabric right sides fac­ing, use 1cm seams and stitch cush­ion front and back to­gether, leav­ing a 30cm open­ing on one side for your insert. Turn the cover right side out, push in the insert then hand-stitch the open­ing closed. Job done! To take it to the next level, add a zip­per so you can re­move the cover for cleaning. For a pro­fes­sional and tai­lored fin­ish, con­sider piping in a con­trast colour. In­struc­tions on page 202 ➤

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