The summer heat can be tough to beat, especially when you live in a sunny climate! Today, the Kingpin is here to tell you about a great new way you can shade your yard and use your creative juices at the same time. We’re talking about shade sails, baby!
With a shade sail in your back yard, you can enjoy hours of cool relaxation without worrying about the sun. They are a super simple and effective way to provide a lot of shade for just a little cost. With more shade available, you and your whole family can keep from getting sunburned and stay comfortable from dawn to dusk. Who wouldn’t want that?
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here… let the The Kingpin ask you something:
Did you know that you can make one of these great shades all on your own?
You may have wondered how to make a sail shade for patio use before, especially if you’ve seen one of these great products in your neighbor’s back yard. Never fear! Now you don’t have to envy your neighborhood braggart, Bruce, anymore (nothing against all you Bruces out there of course, most of you are most probably quite nice).
Instead of spending your honest wages on a pre-made shade, you can take it one step further and save a lot by learning how to make a sun shade sail on your own. It’s not hard, and it costs a lot less than buying a brand new sail. Best of all… it’s CUSTOM MADE for your own living space. And that, my friends, is awesome.
Making your own shade is a fun DIY project you can get the whole family involved with, so grab a glass and sip on some lemonade, and read on to learn how to make a shade sail that will keep you cool for years to come.
Before you can get started, of course you’ll need to get all the materials necessary to learn how to make a sun sail shade. You can’t get your project off the ground without the right equipment, after all!
Every item is crucial for exploring how to make a sun shade sail, so don’t cut corners or skip anything on the list. It’s all there for a reason, and you’ll be glad you have it when you’re in the middle of your project.
You don’t have to be an experienced carpenter to complete this task! All you need to do is use a drill, a wrench, and a sewing machine to have the perfect shade sail in no time. Best of all, this is a one-day project, so you can get it finished on your day off.
When learning how to make shade sails, the most important step is picking the right fabric. You can’t have a great shade sail without weather-resistant fabric! Different yards and climates need different kinds of material, so think about your needs before you pick your fabric. Keep these tips in mind to choose the right material for your shade.
You have a few options when it comes to picking the perfect fabric for your back yard. Most choices come in many colors, so you can match your yard décor, which is always a plus. Here are some favorites that have become popular with DIY sail shade fans.
Sail cloth. More DIY projects involve sail cloth, but this is not always the best solution. Sail cloth is heavy and dark, which may not work well for a very humid or tight space. However, it is much more durable than muslin.
Muslin. Working with muslin is much easier than sail cloth, and it can also be a more affordable choice. However, it is not weather-resistant, and may need to be replaced frequently.
Vinyl or tarp. Today, most homeowners do not want a sail shade made of vinyl or tarp. However, these materials are very durable and easy to clean. They can work in a pinch, but are not as attractive or comfortable as muslin and sail cloth.
What can you do with fabric? You can sew it, of course! You can’t get very far sewing a shade sail without a sewing machine, so make sure to have a sturdy one on hand for this project. You’ll also need all of the pieces to operate your machine, including a powerful needle. Follow these easy tips for selecting the right sewing machine for the job.
You will need a few tools and crafting accessories to finish your DIY project. It wouldn’t be a project without opening the toolbox, would it? Most of these are ordinary items you probably already have around the home or garage, but double check the list just to be sure. Keep these on hand for an easy time from start to finish.
Drill: An with a standard drill bit will get the job done.
Wrench. Choose a large wrench for tightly screwing eye screws into posts, fences, or the side of your home.
Scissors. Select new, sharp scissors that are durable and can withstand use on thick fabric.
Upholstery thread. You will need to make any sewing adjustments using heavy-duty upholstery thread in a color that matches your sail cloth.
Pick up these additional pieces of hardware to make installing your shade sail even easier. Once again, you might have some of these items lying around from past projects, especially if you’re a seasoned DIY pro. If you don’t, these are all easy to find, and none of the hardware is very expensive. Get everything together before you start.
Now that you have your materials, it is time to get started! Keep reading for more instructions on how to make a sail shade for your back yard. You’re one step closer to completing your project already!
Are you ready to learn how to build a shade sail structure and set up your perfect outdoor space? There’s a little more work you need to do before you’re ready to install, but you’re already well on your way to a cooler back yard. Follow these handy instructions to turn your back yard into a cool and relaxing paradise.
The first step to completing your DIY shade sail project is setting up the appropriate work space. You can’t be expected to get anything done with your tools and materials scattered all around your house, can you? Use these tips to get your indoor and outdoor spaces ready for your new sail.
Finally, it’s time to break out that sewing machine! Sewing your sail is an important step, so set aside lots of time to work through this part of the project. Carefully sew your sail according to your measurements, and leave room for your hardware attachments by following these instructions.
Now that you have your shade sail sewn and ready to get set up, you can finish preparing your outdoor location. Get it ready before you install your sail. You can’t put up a sail without a place to put it, after all! Pay close attention to how to fit a shade sail in your space, and follow these tips every step of the way.
Finally, your last step is to install the shade sail. Don’t be nervous! This part is where your hard work all comes together. When you’re done with this part of the project, all that’s left is to stop back and admire your hard work.
Now, your DIY project is complete! You can sit back, relax, and enjoy all the benefits of a comfortable shaded space right in your back yard. Keep reading to learn about troubleshooting and other tips for keeping your shade sail working properly for many summers. There’s no need to let all your hard work go to waste!
Now that you’ve learned how to make your own shade sail and how to install it in your back yard, you probably want a little more information. You’ve got a new fixture in your yard, and it’s important to learn how to take care of it properly.
Understanding how to sew a shade sail is only the first step toward a great outdoor space you can enjoy year after year. Read on to learn how to add a lot of life to your sail. When you follow these tips, you’ll have a shade sail that your whole block will envy, and you can use it again and again.
Keeping up your sail shade has never been easier. Maintenance can sometimes be a hassle, but when you’re working on your shade sail, it’s an easy way to avoid big problems down the road. Follow these tips to maintain the life of your back yard shade without having to spend a fortune.
Sometimes, it’s necessary to repair your sail shade, even if you take great care of it. Accidents happen, and all it takes is one time for your dog to chew on your shade or your kids to play too rough, and you’ll have a hole to deal with. Although some damage may be too severe to repair, most can be easily taken care of with these tips.
Choosing the right location in your back yard may be more difficult than you might think, but it doesn’t have to be. The perfect location is easy to figure out when you spend some time considering your yard. Follow these tips to pick the perfect place for your sail shade.
Are you feeling like this might be more trouble than it’s worth? It’s normal to feel that way when you’re getting ready to start on a big DIY project, but remember that there are pros and cons to just about everything. Weigh your options to help you make the right call for your yard.
In the end, the choice is yours. If you have the time to spend working on a shade sail, however, it’s a great way to improve your yard at a low cost and get a fun project out of it at the same time.
Are you ready to get started making your new sail shade? By now, you have all the information you need to take care of your project from start to finish. You know how to pick the right materials and gather all of the tools you need to put your project into motion, and you even understand how to choose the right location in your yard to set up your new shade.
Best of all, you’re armed with tips and tricks for taking care of damage and maintenance as needed to increase the life of your sail shade. Even if you’ve never operated a drill or a sewing machine before, you’re ready now to take on this exciting task of making your own sail shade. Don’t get discouraged, and remember to work slowly and carefully through each step of the process.
In no time, you’ll have a beautiful shade ready to keep you and your family cool and happy for the rest of the summer!
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