Hubs and I have been eating all our meals out on the deck, except in inclement weather, and we LOVE it!! But, we're coming into the last portion of the summer, and it occurred to me that if I could cozy-up the deck, we could use it almost all year round. We plan to get a chimnea, and (of course) a heat guard, under it, but that only warms you from one side - and I don't tolerate the cold very well. The solution I've come to, for both the cozying up, and decorating the deck, for multi season use, is slipcovers, cushions, pillows and throw blankets. I can't find a single pattern for slip covers - only off-season storage type covers - so, it looks like I'll be designing my own. For 4 chairs, with similar covers for the little, folding bistro set (including a semi fitted table cover), with small, round chair cushions, too.
So far, my plan is to use old sheets to make a muslin/pattern, & experiment with the folds & layout, then to use painters' canvas drop cloths (probably harbor freight), to make the actual slip covers. Since the drop cloths are a light neutral, that lets me wash them, when needed, as well as swap out cushions, pillows, and throws, to accommodate the seasons & holidays inexpensively, and almost entirely with items already on hand. I'm thinking of doing them with as little actual cutting and sewing, as possible - using more of an origami approach.
It's been a VERY long time since I've done anything of this size, I'm working alone, and my sewing machine and I are not exactly on the best of speaking terms. I abhor Velcro, so I'm debating how to secure everything - ties? If so, grommets? Or webbing with buckles? Or D-rings? Heavy duty snaps? Something else? Ideas? Has anyone else put slip covers on Adirondack chairs?
The only thing...more expensive than education is ignorance.~Ben Franklin