Fabric is always the first thing that jumps to mind when describing what's on display at Quilt Market, but there's also a huge selection of wonderful new tools and notions. We visited with Dritz®, where we discovered some new elastics to stretch our imaginations, and we got a sneak peek at two new Pellon® products we can't wait to stock up on for our famous structured baskets, bags and more. Stayed tuned for these great introductions very soon. We ended one of our three days at Market in the Fairfield® booth, where we found a perfect product for the upcoming summer months: Weather Soft™ pillow inserts. These inserts have a water repellent shell that keeps the inner 100% polyester fiberfill from becoming saturated in wet weather. This is a product you can find right now and use right now. With the insert's laminated shell as a barrier, you don't have to limit yourself to only outdoor or marine fabrics for your exterior pillows and cushions; you can use any washable fabric. Decorate your outdoor living space with fabric freedom!
We've all had the misfortune of encountering a regular pillow inadvertently left out in the rain. The water soaks through the fabric and saturates the filler, then when you sit on it or lean against it... squish... out comes the water onto you and your clothes.
Weather Soft™ inserts are wonderfully water resistant but they aren't waterproof. For best results and the longest life, you still don't want to submerge your pillows or leave them exposed to constant rain. But for normal exposure to the elements, this is a great solution and a way to increase your fabric selection tenfold. Choose from 18" x 18", 16" x 16" and 12" x 18".
Now you can feel good about using non traditional substrates to amp up the look of your outdoor environment. Which is exactly what will be happening here on Sew4Home in the coming weeks. Be watching for some great outdoor living projects. Look for Weather Soft™ online or at your favorite retailer.