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Re: Is it possible to dye my cushions?

You could try it, but be forewarned.... on several of the boats I have had with old cushions they fell completely apart in the wash when I tried to clean them, reasons being either dry rot or UV damage or a combination of both. In one instance they were so filthy I was just trying to clean them up so that taking them apart to use them as patterns wouldn't be so disgusting, but they shredded too badly to even use them for that. I don't know how old your cushions are so this may not be a concern, but if they are really sun faded then chances are this is a real possibility. I am only mentioning it because you need to be prepared to replace them if they fall apart being cleaned.

If you're not up making new covers yourself, or don't want to spend the money to have new upholstery made, you can always buy some less expensive fabric in a nice bright or nautical print and just make some quick and easy slipcovers that will last awhile until the budget can absorb a proper recover.

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I made new covers for my cushions in Sunbrella interior fabric for about $400. Most of that cost was for the fabric, but there's also zips, thread, and so on. Of course, you need a sewing machine. If you follow the instructions in the Sailrite videos, it is quite straightforward.
I re-covered mine for about $10 - find a place that sells surplus fabric and sew them yourself, which can even be done by hand. Basically you're sewing a tight-fitting pillow case, like this. Unless they're in danger of getting wet or used outside, you don't need sunbrella or any other fancy fabric, and since you sew the hidden edge with thread, no need to mess with the complication of zippers. With the $390 you save, you could buy a lot of beer and maybe even make some matching pyjamas with the extra fabric.
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I re-covered mine for about $10 - find a place that sells surplus fabric and sew them yourself, which can even be done by hand. Basically you're sewing a tight-fitting pillow case, like this. Unless they're in danger of getting wet or used outside, you don't need sunbrella or any other fancy fabric, and since you sew the hidden edge with thread, no need to mess with the complication of zippers. With the $390 you save, you could buy a lot of beer and maybe even make some matching pyjamas with the extra fabric.
That's a great tutorial you linked to and is what I was referring to by "basic slipcovers." Easy way to freshen things up and not break the bank. You can often find real deals on good indoor/outdoor or upholstery fabrics on eBay too. Lots of ways to get it done, freshen up the boat, and still not break the bank.
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Just give the kids some red coolaid, they'll be dyed...
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Re: Is it possible to dye my cushions?

I have a friend who worked in a local furniture factory that had an outlet store for employees. He got me a huge roll of fabric for ten dollars, it took both of us to carry it out. I did two complete sets of cushions with that and still have a little left over. If you have anything like that in your area that may be a good source. Alas the place near me moved to Mexico or someplace.
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Youtube has lots of fabric dyeing videos. I was going to dye my last previous boat cushion covers but I found that any stain might get darker with the dye. In the end I sold the boat to a new loving owner who made new covers and tossed out my hard earned stains Let me tell you, every stain had a story. My favorite was...are we still under the PG rating here...?

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