Friday, August 30, 2013

Replacing Outdoor Swing Cushions

I realized that in sharing about our Rustic Retreat in the City project, I totally forgot to mention anything about the new swing cushion. 

outdoor-swing

The story is sweet and simple and the most wonderful part is that...it didn't cost a dime. 

The original cushions were ruined. That happened over four years of use and then this recent storm finally caused everything to rip. 

old-outdoor-swing-cushions

I assumed that I would "simply" recover three individual cushions all to which had curved tops...no problem. Even if I have no sewing abilities except for maybe sewing back on a few buttons in my lifetime (hence why the "please fix me" bucket usually only gets BIGGER and not smaller.) 

Once I ruled out that option, I looked into buying replacement cushions. It turns out that they were going to cost more than I actually paid for the entire swing years ago. 

I then decided that I didn't have a good solution for this problem...it was just a problem

Have I ever told you about our great neighbors? We are surrounded by them. One day my neighbor Donna and I were talking. It turns out that she had a swing cushion from an old swing. She offered to give it to me since she had no use for it...I gladly said, YES!

outdoor-swing-cushion

The nice thing about this new cushion is that it is all one piece. Once the day comes where I do need to recover it (like Donna just did recently) then maybe I can learn a new sewing skill with a simple project rather than worrying about curved tops and three individual cushions. 

What do you think? Will I still be way over my head? A girl can dream, right. :-)

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