which way stripes should go?

gslgalMarch 18, 2009

I need to have cushions made for the bench in my mudroom. I've chosen a striped upholstery material (rust, green, gold) that has various width stripes. There will be 2 cushions (3" HD foam) side by side to cover an 86" x 16" bench. Which way would you run the stripes - long ways or front to back? I've also been quoted very different yardage needs. One place says 3 yards, the other place says 6! The stripes run parrallel to the selvage. BTW, the place that says 6 yds is where the fabric is being purchased..hmmmm... Desperately need advice, THANKS! PS fabric is a remenant & a real bargain so yardage $$ is minimal.

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I don't think 3 yards is quite enough but 6 yards seems to be way too much - how wide is the fabric? 45" or 54"

    Bookmark   March 18, 2009 at 10:50PM
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It's 54". I was thinking maybe the difference was which way they were running the stripes but before I asked them I realized I wasn't sure which way they "should" go. Front to back seems "right" to me, I think.... wish I had the skills to make them myself, but the piping & zipper is scaring me off!

    Bookmark   March 19, 2009 at 7:46AM
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The 6 yd # came from Calico Corners. Since they do a lot of work for "high-end" customers I was wondering if it was their standard practice to pad their profit margins by being a bit overzealous on the yardage requirements - lots of their fabric is in the $40-60 range (my remenant is only $4/yd). The 3 yd est. (he actually said 3 1/2) was from a mom & pop type place that will charge me 1/2 what CC wants for labor - admittedly doesn't include CC's nice muslin liner.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2009 at 8:02AM
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The stripes go the way you want them to since the fabric is big enough either way. Piping will eat up some yardage for sure, make sure the 3 yd quote included it.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2009 at 10:29AM
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I'd run the stripes front to back if it were my project. It could be the higher estimate was matching the stripes so that all the cushions looked alike? There is some waste when you do that.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2009 at 9:26PM
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Take the cushion to the store and lay it out on the fabric. Allow fabric to wrap around seat and enough material to staple. You should be able to see how much fab is needed. If you have leftovers you can make coasters!!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2009 at 9:33AM
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Thanks everyone - really appreciate all the insight! I'm going with stripes front to back. And split the difference on the yardage, giving the lower estimate the job but 4.5 yards to play with. I think the higher estimate does go to extreme lengths to make everything perfectly matchy-matchy.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2009 at 11:28PM
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When the stripes don't match top to bottom and boxing strip, and cushion to cushion, they can look pretty bad. You really do get what you pay for!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 11:04AM
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