This past weekend we started getting our backyard ready for the summer season.
We are lucky that we have several areas to sit and enjoy the gardens.
In the back of our yard we have a small cement pad where we put our garden swing. We have had it for several years and at the end of last summer the canopy fell apart when I washed it. Here is a picture of the metal frame - we take the cushions and canopy off each winter and store them inside.
I knew I wanted to do this project on a budget, so I stopped into our local TAG store, which is going out of business, to see what deals I could find on clearance. They had some outdoor pillows and a matching table cloth that were made from outdoor fabric. I chose a bright orange and white pattern since the seating on the swing is an off-white colour.
The tablecloth was 60x84 and was on clearance for $8 and the throw cushions were $6 each - I bought two. The measurement of the swing canopy is 50x84 so I knew this size would be perfect.
I am lucky in that McG knows how to work a sewing machine. His Mom was wonderful at preparing all her kids for life - even her boys learned how to cook and sew. My Mom is a great seamstress but she never passed those talents on to my sister and I!!
He measured out for the pockets on each side that would hold the framing of the swing canopy and then stitched them on the machine. Once we inserted the rods it looked like this...
We then attached the canopy to the swing frame with the bolts...
and then added the seat cushions...(Here's McG - he doesn't like to have his picture on the blog/internet but agreed since you can't see his face)
And finally - here it is, all put together!
It really turned out well and was a great budget fix at only around $25 including the tax!
It's going to be a great place to spend some time in the garden.
Are you making over any of your backyard seating this year?? If so, I'd love to hear from you!