Asked on Mar 14, 2017

How can I repair a rip in my canvas gazebo?

by Elizabeth
I have a 10x12 gazebo bolted to my deck. It is domed so it is very tall. I was trying to take the top down this Fall and accidentally ripped a hole in the canvas. The canvas is stretched over the top and it seems to be strong. I don't think just trying to glue the hole together will work. Can you please help me . Thank you, Hynsite1.

This is before it was bolted to the deck.

  24 answers
  • JRS JRS on Mar 14, 2017

    Cut a piece of material from on of your side panels where it won't show make it a couple of inches bigger than the rip get some spray adhesive, spray on the canvas roof and on the patch wait a bit until they are both tacky to the touch and apply the patch to the rip, should hold up very nicely. Do both sides if you feel it needs extra hold. Hope this helps.

    • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Mar 15, 2017

      JRS this sounds so easy. I had no idea I could just patch it. Thank you for the great idea.


  • Opal Opal on Mar 14, 2017

    Building upon what JRS stated. Other than cutting away from a curtain panel you could also coordinate or add to the look using ribbon, patches, replace the panel with a contrasting panel using the old as a pattern for the new, What are the sports teams in the area if you are fans. Or keep it neutral. Sewing should be rather easy for any of these options. I recommend sewing vs gluing in any case because I don't think that any fabric glue would hold up as well long term. You could certainly use a glue to get the correct placement before sewing.

    Another option would be to buy a patch kit to keep it simple, link below:

    • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Mar 15, 2017

      Hello Opal, You have good ideas. I like the jean patch and I think I would sew it also. Thank you so much for the link you sent. I am going to see if I can get a patch. :)


  • Jjw14166287 Jjw14166287 on Mar 15, 2017

    The hole in mine was on the top. I used a patch made for jeans that was nearly the same color and attached it with E6000 glue. It stayed all summer. I found another hole when we took it down. (Snow would crash it) We fixed it the same way before we stored it.

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    • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Mar 21, 2017

      Thank you Judy. I like the maintinance tip. This year I'll have all the tricks in the book to make this gazebo last for years. I wondre how you can leave the top on in the winter. Mine would blow away deck and all. Have a nice day, Elizabeth.

  • Linda Nixon Daniel Linda Nixon Daniel on Mar 15, 2017 that repair solution. Will keep in mind. I have had my gazebo Like this up over 6years. Just so ya know, easy to order replacement canopy online and only 40.00 and up. i replaced my first one after canvas starts to shred....3 yrs. I'm a single female senior and ordered one that looked close to pic and I easily replaced it by myself. The top peak unzips or unvelcors and that is where on a ladder you start pulling canopy on. It was surprisingly easy. Have replaced 2 times no. The cheapest canopy last just as long as the more expensive one BUT has faded sooner which for me is no big deal. Good luck......Linda

    • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Mar 15, 2017

      Linda, thank you for your reply. This is very helpful to me. I too am a single senior citizen and buying a new top would be the best fixer for me. However I never check how much it would cost. I'm going to check it out now! If I remember correctly I ripped the cap piece.. I appreciate your help.


  • Dee Dee on Mar 16, 2017

    Elizabeth, if you do replace it, be sure to recycle the old fabric. You, or someone else, could use it for outdoor curtains, refinishing/covering outdoor chair seats, cushions, etc. The list goes on. Of course, being on this site, I suppose you know all this, but just in case . . .

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Mar 16, 2017

    Hi Dee, your just in case is just what I needed. I never thought to save and repurpose the material. I like making new cushions!!! They will match the gazebo like they came with it. I'm on this site to learn how to be a diyer. Thank you for your suggestions!


  • JRS JRS on Mar 16, 2017

    Your welcome let us know how it goes

  • Diane Taylor Noel Diane Taylor Noel on Mar 17, 2017

    If all else fails carries replacement canopies for a great deal of gazebos. We had our rip in 2 different spots. Repaired it, but after a few years the material wore thin and we had to replace it. We takes our down in the winter as well.

    • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Mar 17, 2017

      Hello Diane, Your reply is very informative. I will visit the site you gave me. It's nice to know the repairs you did lasted a few years and that the material wears thin. Thank you, Elizabeth.

  • Lynn Lynn on Mar 18, 2017

    If it's a straight tear, I use clear Gorilla Tape. We had company and a sweet little 3 yo was showing us his "sword moves" with a branch from our tree. And OOPS, right through the top of our canopy. I bought the gorilla tape at Home Depot for $6 USD. Fast forward 6 years and the canopy was threadbare and needed replacement (summers are brutal in the desert). The 6" rip with the gorilla tape was still as strong as the day I put it on!

    • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Mar 18, 2017

      Thank you Lynn. I don't have toddlers around I ripped it myself. The gorilla tape seems pretty darn strong, you gave me food for thought. Much appreciated.


  • Kauai Breeze Kauai Breeze on Mar 19, 2017

    Once you fix your tear, why not camouflage it by painting a giant lady bug over the patch! Everyone will smile and see the ladybug, not the tear.

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Mar 19, 2017

    Go to garden winds and buy repair tape.

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Mar 19, 2017

    I'll look into that. I've never heard of repair tape. I wonder if that will hold. The rip is on the top and that is pulled tight. I'll see what they have.

    Thank you Cheryl.

  • Moc15181394 Moc15181394 on Mar 24, 2017

    I too have used clear Gorilla tape on small tears on my gazebo and on an outdoor table umbrella, with great results. Works great and so inexpensive for what it does. Good luck!

    • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Mar 24, 2017

      Hi Moczy,

      It's nice to know two people have mentioned gorilla tape and swear by it. Thank you for your reply.


  • Lise Lise on Apr 21, 2018

    one year i bought a patch kit for canopies at Joann Fabrics, it worked good, I also have a rip in the same gazebo you are showing from the sun after 2 years, I think it is stretched pretty tight to keep rain from pooling, I think I am gonna try and get through this season with the gorilla tape

    • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Apr 21, 2018

      Hi Lise,

      i got through one season with the tape but after that I bought a new top. I guess the estimated life of my top will be two years. I have to say the gorilla tape was very strong and did the job till a terrible windy storm blew through and ripped the canvas where the tape wasn’t at. Ha! Thank you for your reply and good luck this year!

  • Barb Smith Barb Smith on May 13, 2018

    Talk about timing. A few days ago my neighbor helped straighten out one of the rods on my gazebo when a tree branch fell on it last year. He then proceeded to help me put up my canopy. As it turned out he didn't put the canopy pocket on the rod and with a big wind that came by the other day ripped a giant hole in my canopy. I looked everywhere to replace the canopy but no luck. So I went to a hardware store and looked around there. To make a long story short I bought Gorilla tape. It's not a great job but I'm waiting to see if this is going to work. So far it has. It cost me $6. Maybe worth a try

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on May 13, 2018

    We had a tear on a large patio awning, I repaired it with a thick piece of replacement patching fabric found in the notion department attached with waterproof glue and hand painted awning stripes back on the awning. It was successfully repaired and lasted quite a while as long as I lived there.

    I would suggest you trying to contact your canvases manufacturer -they might be able to supply you with a repair piece for patching.

    I also know that they make a self-adhesive canvas patching fabric that presses on type - that comes in white but I’m not sure of the manufacture —this material I found it at a secondhand store.

  • Denise Hendershott Denise Hendershott on Aug 15, 2019

    I have had great luck with iron on patches for my canapy. If you use them or sew on one be sure to spray with water proofing spray once done. If you order a new top make sure it is weatherized. Mine was not,

    I spent two days hand waxing it. Best of luck to you.

  • Sel Lmyin Sel Lmyin on Feb 10, 2020

    How would you repair this guy?

  • on Jun 16, 2021

    It’s so frustrating! These always end up ripping. I’d look into a camping tent repair kit. There’s patches etc for this purpose.

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Jun 16, 2021

    I would try some of the new clear duct tapes. They hold up very well against the elements (we used them recently on the seats of our pontoon) and are inexpensive. Good Luck!

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Jun 24, 2021

    Maybe try to patch with some extra material

  • Mogie Mogie on May 16, 2023

    1. Remove the synthetic fabric roof from the gazebo. Doing so allows you to access the tear easily. Lay the fabric on a flat work surface, and stretch the material so it lays flat and wrinkle-free.
    2. Rub an alcohol cleaning pad over the surface area surrounding the tear, removing all dirt. A clean surface helps an outdoor fabric patch adhere. Let the area around the tear dry thoroughly.
    3. Measure the tear's dimensions. Cut an outdoor fabric patch so the patch will overlap the tear by 1 inch on all sides of the tear.
    4. Trim the outdoor fabric patch's square corners so they are rounded. Rounding helps to prevent the squared, thin point of the patch from peeling when it is exposed to outdoor elements.
    5. Peel the outdoor fabric patch's backing downward 1/2 inch, exposing the sticky portion of the patch.
    6. Position the patch above the synthetic fabric's tear, and press the patch's exposed section against the synthetic fabric, anchoring the patch in the desired location. Remove the patch's remaining backing, and press the patch firmly in place over the tear. Rub the patch's surface thoroughly to attach the patch to the synthetic fabric securely.
    7. Place an outdoor fabric patch on the opposite side of the synthetic fabric's tear. Use the same cleaning, cutting and attachment procedures you used to apply the first patch.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 25, 2023

    Contact manufacturer and ask if they supply a repair kit or if they will come out and repair it for you. If not use a piece of Sailcloth as a patch and glue it to the back of the rip.