A patio swing cover protects your swing from weather exposure that can cause the swing to deteriorate. Sew a fleece-backed vinyl patio swing cover in about one afternoon with good to excellent sewing machine skills. Fleece-backed vinyl is cut from the bolt to your yardage requirements and is available for purchase at craft and fabric stores. Vinyl can be sewn on a home sewing machine with the appropriate sewing machine needle.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Fleece-backed vinyl
- Sewing machine
- Sewing machine needle, 80/12 or 110/18
- Transparent tape
- Adhesive hook and loop strips
Measuring and Cutting
Measure the width of the swing's back. Add 2 inches to this measurement. Measure the swing's height from the back top edge to the seat's back bottom edge. Add 12 inches to this measurement. Cut a vinyl rectangle to the modified width and height measurements. This is the cover's back.
Measure the height of the swing's side from the top of the armrest to the side's bottom edge. Add 12 inches. Measure from the swing's back to the armrest's front edge. Add 2 inches. Cut 2 rectangles to the modified width by the modified height measurements. These are the cover's 2 sides.
Measure the seat's width from the outside edge of the left armrest, across the seat, to the outside edge of the right armrest. Add 2 inches. Measure from the top of the armrest to the seat's bottom edge. Add 12 inches. Cut a rectangle to the modified width by the modified height. This is the cover's front.
Measure for the cover's "seat." Measure the width from the outside edge of the left armrest, across the seat, to the outside edge of the right armrest. Add 2 inches. Measure from the front seat edge to the seat back and add 2 inches. Cut a rectangle to the modified width and length. The seat actually "sits" atop the armrests.
Measure for the cover's seat back. Measure from the top of the armrest up to the seat back's top edge. Add 2 inches. This is the modified length. Measure the width from the outside edge of the left armrest, across the seat, to the outside edge of the right armrest. Add 2 inches. This is the modified width. Cut a rectangle to the modified width and length. You have cut a total of 6 rectangles.
Sewing the Swing Cover
Sew a side to the left and right of the cover's front by aligning the height sides. The vinyl should touch. Secure with tape. Pins leave holes. Sew all seams using a 1-inch seam allowance and a straight stitch. According to the Sewing and Craft Alliance, use a needle intended for sewing leather, vinyl, and other heavier fabrics.
Lay the side/front/side with the vinyl facing you. Turn the seat so the fleece faces you. Align the longest edge with the top edge of the cover's front. Tape, and sew the edges. Don't sew the sides to the seat; they will attach with hook and loop strips around the chains.
Turn the seat back so the fleece is facing you. Align one of the longest edges with the length edge (not sewn) of the seat. Sew.
Place the cover's back fleece side up. Align the top edge of the back with the top edge of the seat back. Tape the top edge and the width edges to the back. Begin at the left width edge (above the armrest) and sew the side, across the top edge and along the right side. Remove all tape. Turn the cover right side out.
Slip the cover over the swing. The 2 sides will be open flaps.
Measure the width of the top edge of the side flap and the height of the flap's open side. Add measurements together. Cut 2 hook and loop adhesive strips to the combined measurement. The strips will adhere in an upside down L along the flap opening.
Remove the backing from the hook strip. Press the strip to the flap top and unsewn side. Repeat for the other side.
Remove the backing from the loop strip. Press the strip to the seat and back in an upside down L. Repeat for the other side/flap. Join the sides/flap to the seat/back of the cover by pressing together the hook and loops. To remove cover, open the sides and pull the cover up and off.
Tips & Warnings
- Where this swing cover may seem complicated at first, it is only 6 rectangles of different sizes, sewn together. Once sewn, the cover slips over the swing and closes on the right and left sides with hook and loop strips.
- Label the rectangles on the back so you don't confuse the pieces. For example: seat, back, side. You can trim the bottom of the cover to the length desired.
- Photo Credit Garden swing image by Allen Stoner from Fotolia.com
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