So, I was in my local Marden's today (Marden's is a Maine-based chain of surplus & salvage stores), and they have a great selection of water-proof outdoor materials that I think would be great for awnings. They're on the big rolls (not sure of the width, but whatever your typical household upholstery fabric is) and are all $4.99 / yard.
Above the zebra prints were some solid colors which I didn't get a picture of.
If anyone NEEDS some of this and doesn't have access to it, I'd be happy to package up and ship it. I'm sure a few yards would fit in a $5.95 USPS priority box.
Just be aware that there is a difference between awning material and outdoor upholstery material. Outdoor upholstery material is intended for cushions. Awning material is thicker and heavier. I learned from our "Awning Lady" at a rally that awning material is usually 45" (I have seen it in 60" but it is usually solid color and is sold as awning material) whereas upholstery material is 54".
I'm not saying you can't use it, just letting you know that there is a difference. I have some outdoor upholstery material that I'm going to experiment with when I get my trailer finished.
And Theresa, that is very generous of you to offer to ship it! I do recognize a couple of those patterns from internet fabric sites.
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Post by ladywendolyn on Apr 5, 2015 7:42:18 GMT -8
The badic difference with awning fabric is it is pre scotch guarded so to speak with a water proof finish. When I worked in the upholstery business and someone wanted upholstery fabric as an awning. We would apply waterproofing to it. You can buy it in spray cans in the camping section. However a big issue is whether or not the fabric is uv protected. Unprotected fabric will fade in one year and fall apart in two years... So just be aware of these issues when you are buying...
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