You decide to go on a nice picnic with your family. You find just the perfect spot with the perfect view. Then, to your horror, you spot the available picnic tables. They’re covered in leaves, bird droppings, and worse. Don’t flee the scene. Whip out your picnic table and bench covers and your picnic will go on as planned. The ensemble is perfect for your own table and benches at home, too.
Are you tired of constantly replacing your picnic table and bench covers that just don’t seem to fit properly? With a custom-fit cover, you can ensure that your outdoor furniture stays protected from the elements year-round. In this article, we will guide you through the process of creating a custom-fit picnic table and bench cover that will last for years to come.
Before we start, make sure you have the following materials ready:
- Outdoor fabric (polyester or canvas)
- Sewing machine
- Ruler or measuring tape
Measuring the Table and Bench
To create a custom-fit cover, you need to accurately measure the length, width, and height of your picnic table and bench. Start by measuring the length and width of the tabletop and write down the measurements. Next, measure the height of the tabletop from the ground to the top of the table. Repeat the process for the bench, measuring the length and width, and height from the ground to the top of the bench seat.
Cutting the Fabric
Once you have all the measurements, it’s time to cut the fabric. Cut two pieces of fabric for the tabletop cover and two pieces for the bench cover, making sure to add an additional inch to each measurement for seam allowances. Then, fold the fabric in half lengthwise and make a mark at the center of the fabric. Repeat this process for the other pieces of fabric.
Sewing the Pieces Together
Take one piece of fabric for the tabletop cover and place it right side up. Then, place the other piece of fabric right side down on top of the first piece, with the two centers lined up. Pin the two pieces together along the sides and bottom. Repeat this process for the bench cover.
Using a sewing machine, sew along the sides and bottom of both the tabletop and bench covers, making sure to leave the top open. Turn the covers right side out and iron the seams.
Attaching the Ties
To keep the covers in place, you need to add ties to the corners of the covers. Cut four pieces of fabric, each measuring 12 inches in length and 2 inches in width. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and sew the long sides together, creating a tube. Repeat this process for the remaining ties.
Attach the ties to the corners of both the tabletop and bench covers, making sure they are securely in place.
Finally, hem the top edges of both the tabletop and bench covers by folding the fabric over once and sewing it in place. You can also add a Velcro closure or a zipper to the top of the covers for easy access to the furniture.
Your custom-fit picnic table and bench covers are now complete and ready to protect your outdoor furniture from the elements. Enjoy your next picnic in style and comfort, knowing that your furniture is protected from rain, sun, and wind.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions and answers about creating a custom-fit picnic table and bench cover.
Can I use a different type of fabric?
Yes, you can use any type of outdoor fabric, such as polyester or canvas, to create your cover. Just make sure that the fabric is durable enough to withstand the elements and is resistant to fading and mildew.
What if I have a larger or smaller picnic table and bench?
The process for creating a custom-fit cover remains the same, regardless of the size of your furniture. Simply measure your tabletop and bench and adjust the measurements accordingly.
How do I clean the covers?
To clean the covers, simply remove them from the furniture and wash them in your washing machine. For best results, wash the covers separately on a gentle cycle and hang them to dry.
Can I add a design or pattern to the covers?
Yes, you can add a design or pattern to the covers by using fabric paint or embroidery. You can also add decorative elements, such as trim or ribbon, to the covers to give them a unique touch.
How long will the covers last?
The longevity of your covers will depend on several factors, such as the type of fabric used and the frequency of use. With proper care and storage, your custom-fit picnic table and bench covers should last for several years.
A custom-fit picnic table and bench cover are excellent investments for any outdoor space. Not only does it protect your furniture from the elements, but it also adds a touch of style and personality to your outdoor area. The process of creating the covers is straightforward and can be completed with a few basic tools and materials.
Whether you are looking to protect a new picnic table and bench or extend the life of an older set, a custom-fit cover is a must-have accessory. So, why wait? Get started on creating your own custom-fit covers today and enjoy a stylish and protected outdoor area for years to come!