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From: Almajanesattic
Date: 03-17-2006, 08:50 PM (1 of 9)
I am needing to make a throw for our couch that has some type of waterproof material sandwiched between the front and back fabrics. Since my hubby is a farmer and sometimes comes in the house to relax during the day by watching TV or the wildlife outside our sliding doors, he doesn't take the time to change into cleaner clothing which causes a problem with soil on the couch fabric. He also has a tendency to fall asleep with a cup of coffee or iced tea or a beer in his hand and you can guess what happens then!
Anyone have any suggestions for waterproof material that could handle going thru the washer and dryer?
Thanks in advance for your help!
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From: beachgirl
Date: 03-17-2006, 10:04 PM (2 of 9)
I don't know if you can still buy it but what about that material that has the backing on it that they made drapes out of ? Or would the rain no stain curtain lining work ? That's just the first 2 things that come to mind. I'm sure someone else will have some great ideas for that.
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From: esrun3
Date: 03-17-2006, 10:07 PM (3 of 9)
How about sandwiching the nylon fabric that used for garden flags or windbreakers between a couple layers of fabric?
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From: Almajanesattic
Date: 03-17-2006, 10:11 PM (4 of 9)
Great ideas from both of you, thanks! Looks like I'll be making a trip to the store tomorrow to save the life of my couch....and my hubby! LOLOL

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From: DorothyL
Date: 03-17-2006, 10:47 PM (5 of 9)
I say shoot the guy -- problem solved!
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From: paroper
Date: 03-18-2006, 06:57 AM (6 of 9)

There is a fabric called Cordura and another called Sunbrella. They are outdoor fabrics that are used a lot in things like backpacks, covers for computers, luggage, covers for instruments. They look woven and are water proof...and tough. Sunbrella is a little cheaper, you can see the coating, and is a little lighter weight. The Cordura looks the same on both sides. They are cleanable, waterproof, wear like iron, fairly easy to sew, even with self-cording, available in a variety of colors and do not require any special covering unless you just get tired of them. I wash my kids' sports bags that I made from the Cordura in the washing machine/dryer. I believe that the Cordura is available at You may be able to buy the Sunbrella there too. You can probably buy them a variety of places.

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From: Almajanesattic
Date: 03-18-2006, 09:21 AM (7 of 9)
Gee Dorothy, I do kinda like the guy and wouldn't mind keeping him around a bit longer! LOLOL
Thanks, paroper........It has been several years since I've done any kind of sewing project and never thought of those two fabrics. The Cordura would be a bit too heavy as I do want to cover the waterproof material with fabric that will add a nice accent to our family room. Am not sure about the weight of the Sunbrella but will look into that. Thanks for the suggestion.

User: Almajanesattic
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From: Almajanesattic
Date: 03-18-2006, 04:06 PM (8 of 9)
Just got back from the 40 mile round trip jaunt to JoAnne Fabrics. I found a wonderful stripped fabric for the front of the throw and a lovely batique for the backing. However, just my luck that the amount I need they did not have so had to order both but at least one of the fabrics was on sale for $1.99! So I will have to wait at least 3 weeks for my order to arrive. I also bought ripstop nylon fabric for the inside.......they suggested getting a spray waterproofing instead of the nylon but I want to be able to wash this as often as I need without having to reapply a spray now and then. This throw could get taken outside in the evenings during the summer so it needs to be pretty hardy! I also thought the nylon will give the throw the right bit of weight, too. Not heavy but more substance than just two layers of fabric.
So, thanks for the help everyone....I really appreciate it! :up:

User: Almajanesattic
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From: sewingrandma
Date: 03-18-2006, 06:16 PM (9 of 9)
Dorothy, I'm about ready to shoot mine over the shirts I'm trying to make for him. If it isn't one thing it is something else. :sad:
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