Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Swearing and Stitching: Operation 'Reupholster' Complete!

In the last week there has been a lot of both going on in our house.  But we finally finished (if you don't count those two little pillows we need to do).  The piping is done, the velcro is on and the stripes are straight!  By far the most frustrating part of sewing (for Ron of course) was sewing the velcro.  The loop half kept getting caught in the machine, causing an immense amount of nonsensical swearing rampages.  But, despite a few hang-ups here and there, we were able to complete the whole project in just over a week.  That's got to be some sort of record right?  What do we win?

So what did we buy and what did it cost?
8yds Solarium Halliwell Caribbean Indoor/Outdoor fabric (striped) - $99
12yds Royal Blue Duck Canvas - $126
5 spools of thread - $20
Velcro - $30
1yd Solarium Skywalk Caribbean Indoor/Outdoor fabric - $12

For under $300 we replaced all the upholstery on the boat except for the v-berth, which we'll probably do this summer sometime once we find some additional padding to add to it.  Not bad considering paying a professional to do this job would have been somewhere between $1500 and $2000.  Ron likes to think that his time is more valuable than that.  I beg to differ.

Ripping the seams on the old nasties
We're not very tidy reupholsterers
We needed all the help we could get
Sewing piping
Seats almost done, just need some velcro

Woohoo! The stripes are straight!
Velcro bottom

All the backrests also got some velcro on the back to keep them in place
Ready to go on the boat!!

It feels good to have our biggest winter project done, but we've still got plenty more to keep us busy until it warms up around here!

Oh, and...
May 2014 be your best year yet!!


  1. Wow, those look great! Love the tropical colors too.

    1. Thanks. I LOVE how they turned out, enough color not to be boring but not too much to overwelm. I'm willing to hire Ron out if you need anything done! Just make sure you don't bring your girls around while he's working or they may learn some new vocab words ;)

  2. You guys are sewing rockstars! They look awesome! -Kim