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How to Make a Shade Sail

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After fitting a small - very small - shade sail outdoors to cover my outdoor sofa I decided to rather make my own much larger shade sail to provide shade outdoors, and save quite a bit of money in the process!
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The new shade sail is fitted over the top of the existing shade sail and provides far more shade than the little triangle-shaped sail that was expensive, while the made sail cost a fraction to make. The new shade sail is 3 metres wide at one end and tapers into a triangular shape of 5 metres in length.
Was it difficult to make... definitely not. The tricky part is cutting the fabric to get the shape right. You don't cut a straight-edged triangle, but rather curve the edges inwards slightly. And although I made another triangular shade sail, you can make one in any shape.
  • how to make a shade sail, crafts
YOU WILL NEED:
Shade net
Nylon line
Eye hooks if mounting on timber / expansion bolts if mounting to walls
Sewing machine and accessories
  • how to make a shade sail, crafts
HERE'S HOW:
1. Fold the fabric in half and lay flat in an area that allows you to cut neatly. Taper the cut inwards as you cut half the triangle shape from one end to the other.
  • how to make a shade sail, crafts
2. Use a sewing machine to double fold and sew a double row of running stitches along the fold. I thought sewing on the machine would be difficult, but it was actually quite easy. Don't sew right to the end just yet.
  • how to make a shade sail, crafts
3. When you reach just before 10cm from the edge, insert the rope and sew this closed. Run the stitches over the nylon line here and there to secure firmly inside the net sheath. Go slowly so as not to break your sewing needle and if you find that the machine just won't sew along the line, remove it and do this by hand. I didn't have any problem but not everyone's sewing machine is the same.
  • how to make a shade sail, crafts
4. When you are joining together two folded-over sections you will find it difficult to sew over these, so only do what you can and continue to sew closed by hand.
  • how to make a shade sail, crafts
GOOD TO KNOW:
Use a lighter to melt the cut edges of the nylon line to prevent unraveling.

Secure your shade sail to large trees using eye hooks, or drill for expansion bolts if mounting to walls

To see more: http://www.home-dzine.co.za

  • Ronnie Bock

    I sell the umbrellas at The Patio Place in Palm Desert, Bakersfield, and Fresno in the state of California. I recommend that my customers avoid the expense of an awning and go with the more practical and less expensive umbrellas instead.

  • Skrohn3112
    Skrohn3112 Alpharetta, GA

    I advise not to use the sewing machine . I did this and it cost me $135.00 to fix my
    machine after I was only half way through the project! If you do it only sew my hand.

  • Bugsy Gale Lunsford
    Bugsy Gale Lunsford Columbus, OH

    I live in Ohio, i bought a sunshade sail about 3 years ago and can't find anyone that knows how to put it up. Can some one take pictures of how they attach it to there house? Thanks.

  • Bev Custer Howard

    Farm tex also sells shade fabric. Different shade blocking sizes etc. They also will custom make many sizes. Not sure if they do triangular. I use a 20 x 12 rectangle. Have for years. First one I made I shredded my hands not realizing how rough the

  • Cindy Butler Fletcher

    I bought my sun shade triangle on Amazon f or around $25 and I prefer the grommets it has on the ends over seeing a lightweight role into a homemade one. I've used mine for two years now and it has held up fine, even through heavy rains and high

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