Well if things go well and I buy the boat I'm looking at I'll be having to make cockpit AND cabin cushions. I have recovered other things so it should be too hard. If you have any decent sewing expertise it wouldn't be hard at all. One thing I would recommend is that you either use Marine grade vinyl or Sunbrella fabric for exterior cushions. You MIGHT need an industrial machine so that might be show stopper. Also make sure you get accurate measurements.Anyone ever make their own cushions? I just priced out a set for my Catalina 27 and I don't think I'm willing to spend $800+ on a set of 2-3 cushions.
Any suggestions, comments?
Don't forget the big sewing machine If you keep the material light enough you might be able to use a household machine. My mothers Singer 2000 used to be able to sew through about 7 layers of denim.I was thinking about making tie-dye ones. It's not too complicated. My mom took a class in upholstery once and made a chair. Foam, batting, canvas, thread. Voila!
Well, We don't have the boat yet but that's pretty much what we're planning on doing. We're also planning on redoing all the interior cushions because they're hideous plaidMy wife made our cushions with a standard household machine from sunbrella fabric. She said it was hard fitting corners, but definitely doable. You can get good advise on materials from the folks at Sailrite. Sunbrella Fabrics, Sailcloth, Sail Kits, Canvas and Sail Hardware for Do-It-Yourself They are always glad to talk to you about choices and provide advise. They also have online instructional videos on how to make many boat projects including several on cushions.
Thanks Winterbuoy, those videos were helpful.I bought a Pfaff 130 on ebay cheap, great machine. Then looked around net and found this site. If you follow these instructions to the T as it were you can recover all your cushions with no problem. It's not that hard and you can save a lot of money..... just don't tell your buds your are taking up sewing!! Creating a Couch Slipcover | Expert Village Videos