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Plastic chair cover

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Anyone know where I can get a pattern to make a cloth cover for a plastic chair? It is one of the molded (resin?) chairs that people put out on their lawns and patios. I got it at a yard sale and it is sort of stained and yucky.

Thanks!

Nana
post #2 of 12
i can't help you with a pattern, but my mom just re-did her resin chairs with the special paint designed to bond to plastics on a molecular level. they came out fantastic!! i think krylon makes it? i saw a commercial for it. i'm sure if you check with your local hardware store they'd know what it is.
post #3 of 12
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Thanks AinNJ, I'll look into it. That might be easier, then all I'd need would be seat padding for my middle-aged bottom!

Nana
post #4 of 12
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I checked out the paint. It is called Fusion. I think it would work, but the ingredients look sort of ecologically yucky, so I'm back to thinking about cloth covers. Perhaps I'll just do tie on seat and back cushions and ignore the sort of stained, shabby look of the rest of the chair. Not like I'm trying to keep up with fashion or anything.

Nana
post #5 of 12
Threads magazine did an article on a really nice looking slipcover for plastic yard chairs. It isn't on the website and it isn't in any of my issues. Maybe you can find it at the library. It stood out for me because they often do articles on couture sewing and advanced techniques, and this was a bit of a departure for them in my experience.

HTH!
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by Kari_mom
Threads magazine did an article on a really nice looking slipcover for plastic yard chairs. It isn't on the website and it isn't in any of my issues. Maybe you can find it at the library. It stood out for me because they often do articles on couture sewing and advanced techniques, and this was a bit of a departure for them in my experience.

HTH!
http://www.taunton.com/store/pages/th_toc_101.asp

Thank you! I found a listing. I'll check my library first.

Nana
post #7 of 12
Good sleuthing! After seeing the cover, I remembered that I DO have that issue, so if you can't find it zip me a pm and I will send you a copy.
post #8 of 12
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Oh my!. I just ordered the issue from Threads. Luckily they are having a sale on back issues and that was one of the marked down issues.

Sleuthing is my specialty: I'm a new graduate librarian and I spent two years learning how to find things online--sometimes I can find things online!

I'll share a searching tip: you can find some really great resources by including the words "index" or "guide" in your search string. People often call their carefully compiled online helps by titles that include one or the other of those two words.

Nana
post #9 of 12
Thanks for the search tip. I love getting what I need out of the internet, I am kind of geeky that way.

I hope you like the slipcovers. They are kind of interesting. Did you see the article in Smithsonian about the plastic lawn chair and how it is found just about everywhere in the world? Maybe you can look it up online, :LOL!
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Kari_mom
Thanks for the search tip. I love getting what I need out of the internet, I am kind of geeky that way.

I hope you like the slipcovers. They are kind of interesting. Did you see the article in Smithsonian about the plastic lawn chair and how it is found just about everywhere in the world? Maybe you can look it up online, :LOL!
No, when I went off to library school I let my sub to Smithsonian lapse. I'll see if I can find the article online or at my local library.

This business with the chairs is a good example of where trying to save money can take you. I got three chairs for $3.00 and thought they were just dirty. Turned out they had weathered to a strange shade of gray.

Well, the covers should solve that problem but who knows what that solution will lead to?

Nana
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kari_mom
Thanks for the search tip. I love getting what I need out of the internet, I am kind of geeky that way.

I hope you like the slipcovers. They are kind of interesting. Did you see the article in Smithsonian about the plastic lawn chair and how it is found just about everywhere in the world? Maybe you can look it up online, :LOL!
Great article! Thanks. I found it through the Vermont Online Library, which is a searchable database of magazine articles. Most public libraries subscribe to something of this sort. You can log in from home by putting in your library card number and then search for articles on almost any topic. They usually have a fair number of full-text articles. Pictures are generally not included, alas, but it is still a great resource.

Nana
post #12 of 12
Glad you liked it. I will check out the magazine databases. Our local library just underwent a major upgrade of services available to patrons online, it is probably there now. Or I will ask my friend the librarian, who I met at the, who would guess, the library :LOL.
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