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Have you heard the buzz about Sunbrella fabric? Ever innovating and ever-growing, Sunbrella has been around for 51 years, and now with hundreds of indoor and outdoor fabrics, they are becoming more popular than ever. What is Sunbrella fabric, you ask? Well, simply put, Sunbrella Fabrics by Glen Raven are 100% solution-dyed acrylic fabrics that are water, fade, mold, mildew, and stain resistant. However, this description only scratches the surface of all that Sunbrella is. Perhaps the best way to explain what Sunbrella fabric is, is to show you what Sunbrella fabric does.

Here are some examples of what you can find Sunbrella doing around the world.

Sunbrella promotes:

Awnings give a storefront a unique and eye-catching look, and in the 1960’s Sunbrella revolutionized the awning industry by using acrylic fibers as an alternative to the traditional cotton. From art galleries, to restaurants, to auto repair shops, commercial awnings made from Sunbrella fabrics are popping up everywhere. Sunbrella awning fabrics are made from a solution dyed acrylic that is UV, water, and mildew resistant. They are fade-proof, stain-resistant, and long-lasting. Sunbrella even has a line of fabric designed especially for commercial and home awnings featuring a selection of striking stripes.

And the innovations just keep coming. In 2011, Sunbrella debuted the Clarity collection. Clarity is a self-cleaning fabric designed especially for hard to clean awnings. The fabric uses UV light to decompose organic material that lands on it and is extra water-resistant to wash away all of the residue.

Sunbrella protects:

Like a trusty guard dog, Sunbrella fabrics can protect your investments. Sunbrella’s Marine Grade Fabrics are widely considered the standard cloth for boating covers. Offering fantastic fade-resistant color options, superior water and mildew resistance, and a long life span, a boat cover made from Sunbrella will keep your vessel safe and dry for years.

When you’re ready to take your boat out for a spin, keep you and your family shaded and protected from UV rays with a Sunbrella bimini or dodger. Also great for residential awnings, Sunbrella fabrics offer up to 98% UV protection to keep your patio cool and safe. Always worried about your boat seat cushions fading? A Sunbrella seat cushion will keep its vibrant color even on a sun-soaked boat. As the number one marine fabric in the world, Sunbrella will enhance and shelter your watercraft.

Mainsail Cover - Bruce Powell

Sunbrella comforts:

Do you dream of furniture that is both elegant and durable; that looks stunning but is strong enough to not wither under the mess of kids and pets? Sunbrella fabrics are making your furniture dreams a reality. Sunbrella’s upholstery line is dyed and waterproofed just like their outdoor material but is made with a soft hand to comfort you at home. These worry-free fabrics can withstand a lot of wear and tear and most messes can be cleaned with mild soap and water. The furniture lines offer a wide array of colors and patterns including several theme-inspired collections such as stripes, yachting, and jacquards. Sunbrella Furniture Fabrics strive to make your life more comfortable and carefree.

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Sunbrella recycles:

When the word “recycling” comes to mind, one often thinks of paper, cardboard, and plastics. But did you know that fabrics can be recycled too? Sunbrella accepts used material, and from their recycling facility in South Carolina, they give old fabrics new life as felt, insulation, padding and new fabric. In fact, Sunbrella’s Renaissance line of upholstery fabric is dedicated to recycled product. Their debut fabric of the line, Heritage, is a 50/50 blend of recycled and new Sunbrella fibers. Heritage comes in 12 colors and features a vintage look while retaining the longevity of traditional Sunbrella.

With all of the things Sunbrella can do, why not try them out for your next project? Sailrite is a proud distributer of Sunbrella fabrics since 2003. We have hundreds of indoor and outdoor fabrics in stock, ready to ship out to you. For more in-depth descriptions of Sunbrella or to purchase fabric by the yard visit www.sailrite.com.

Summer is here and that means outdoor picnics, dinner parties, and entertaining. A tablecloth is a simple and easy way to add a nice touch to your outdoor living space. The great news is that your lovely tablecloth can be weather and fade resistant, easy to clean, and easy to make all at the same time!

We’ve put together a quick how-to video on making tablecloths and placemats featuring several different types of materials. It can be as simple as cutting out the right size and/or hemming the edges. Plus we have a great idea on how to keep your tablecloth in place.

Recommended Tablecloth Materials:

Naugahyde® Universal

  • • Durable
  • • Fade and weather resistant
  • • Leave outside all year-round
  • • Cut with scissors (no sewing necessary!)

Sunbrella® Upholstery Fabric

  • • Fade resistant
  • • Stain resistant
  • • Easy to sew
  • • Great color and pattern selection
  • • Use indoors too!

Recommended Placemat Materials:

Sunbrella® Sling

  • • Flexible mesh
  • • Fade resistant
  • • Chemical and mildew resistant
  • • Unique patterns and textures
  • • Cut with scissors (no sewing necessary!)

Phifertex®

  • • Flexible mesh
  • • Fade resistant
  • • Easy to clean
  • • Cut with scissors (no sewing necessary!)

Make your own tablecloth and placemats for a beautiful (and long lasting!) addition to your outdoor living space!

Regardless of where you live, now is always the perfect time to make repairs to your existing canvas or bring to life the hundreds of canvas ideas you come up with over the summer. If ever there was a time to sew…it’s now!

We often get questions from beginner sewers (and new to Sunbrella® sewers!) about working with Sunbrella’s Marine & Awning Fabric. There are a million different ways you could use Sunbrella, but the basics are always the same. From marking and cutting to stitch length and seaming, our new Working with Sunbrella Marine Grade & Awning Video sheds some light on the basics!

Sit back, grab a hot drink (I particularly enjoy hot apple cider), and check out these great tips for working with Sunbrella fabric.

We love Sunbrella fabric and choose to sell it for a lot of reasons. Visit Sailrite.com to learn more.

I’ve deemed the “perfect fabric,” whether for upholstery projects, patio furniture, boat interiors, or outdoor covers, as a high quality fabric that doesn’t wear out, fade, stain, or shrink. It is easy to clean and looks great no matter where it’s used. A fabric line with beautiful colors and patterns without the ridiculous price tag! Sounds almost too good to be true!

I’ve found that Glen Raven Sunbrella® Fabrics come pretty close to “perfect,” and they have been growing in popularity and demand for the last several years because more and more people agree! Here’s why…

All Sunbrella fabrics are:

  • • 100% Solution-dyed acrylic fabric – Each individual Sunbrella fiber is color saturated from the inside out for a rich, fade resistant color that lasts even in extreme conditions.
  • • Water resistant – Sunbrella is treated with a fluorocarbon finish for water repellency.
  • • Fade Resistant– A must-have in my book for both outdoor and indoor fabrics!
  • • Mold and mildew resistant
  • • Stain resistant and easy to clean
  • • Minimal shrinking or stretching
  • • Easy to sew

The Sunbrella brand undeniably leads the way in both outdoor and indoor fabrics with a great list of qualities you can expect in every Sunbrella fabric! The great news is that Sunbrella comes in a variety of different collections that are specifically designed for certain uses. Use this quick reference to determine which Sunbrella fabric you need for your application:

Sunbrella® Marine Grade Fabric

Sunbrella Marine Grade fabric is designed to withstand the harsh weather conditions and durability needs of boat and marine environments. Sunbrella’s marine grade fabric offers good stability and also up to 98% UV protection. Use for boat covers, awnings, cockpit cushions, and other outdoor covers.

Sunbrella® Awning Fabric

Sunbrella Awning fabric offers the same great durability and UV protection of the marine fabric collection but comes in a variety of beautiful striped patterns designed with commercial and residential awnings in mind.

Sunbrella® Upholstery Fabric

Sunbrella Upholstery fabric features a soft hand and a wide variety of beautiful patterns, colors, and textures that makes it a comfortable indoor and outdoor upholstery fabric. Sunbrella furniture fabric is intentionally easy to clean and maintain making it a worry-free fabric for families and pets. Use for cushions, pillows, patio furniture, upholstery projects, and gazebos.

Sunbrella® Sheer Fabric

Sunbrella Sheer fabric is also an open weave Sunbrella fabric designed with a very light, soft hand to create romantic, airy curtains or draperies both indoors and out. Sunbrella Sheers fabric is beautiful and luxurious yet flaunts the fade resistance, stain resistance, and cleanability of a performance fabric.

Where to buy Sunbrella fabric?

Sailrite became an official distributor for Glen Raven Fabrics back in 2003, making it possible to keep hundreds of indoor and outdoor fabrics, like Sunbrella, in-stock and available at great prices. Buy Sunbrella fabric by the yard or find more detailed information about a specific Sunbrella fabric at www.sailrite.com.

Photos provided by Glen Raven.

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