Bee's Hive

Friday, May 7, 2010

Getting ready, right down to the pick up truck cover

Just thought I'd drop in and show you what I have been sewing. We are ready to make this move, all but renting the right house! It's still cold here in Pennsylvania so I am looking forward to being baked in Texas.

The Pick up truck needed a new top. After pricing them at $300. we decided to try and make one ourselves. With an old sewing machine, singer heavy duty needle, Coats & Clark UV thread and snaps from my sons days of building Amish buggies we got to work. It has a little wiggle room and if it doesn't shrink up I can make it tighter. The feeling is the industrial vinyl fabric will shrink and harden in the sun.
The old cover had shrunk & the cornors would no longer go over the frame

The vinyl had also split and the bows could no longer be used
The frame was still in great shape
We used a nylon strapping on the edge to hold the snaps and keep the shape
The white mark is for the snap

A nifty tool to make the holes
Pressing the snaps on

The finished top

The cost with 50% off the fabric was around $35.00!
This was a great mother/son project!


Darlene's Quilts and Stuff said...

You've done a great job Bea. It's amazing what a Mom can do if given the circumstances huh? Texas will be a big change from Pa. hopefully all good.

Rita said...

I can't believe your pulling up stakes again and moving to Texas. I am glad you will be warm and more pain free. I hope you still keep your blog and let us know how the transition goes. Your new quilt is lovely and will look wonderful in you new home. You make so many nice things that will make your apartment your home. Best Wishes!

shawkl said...

Looks like your things will be nice and dry on their ride to Texas! Super job!!

Rhonda said...

Looks good. Can't wait for you to get to Texas....It's warm here...about 70 degrees at night and 85 during the day but this is central Texas so where you'll be's probably warmer!!!

Lois said...

The truck cover looks great! Please keep us "blog-posted" so we can keep up with your life in the Texas sun. Chanlady..HGTV