Turn Old Canvas Into A Gazebo Cover

What You'll Need
Tape Measure
Chalk Line
Heavy Duty Fabric Shears

Making a new gazebo cover can be done using material that is already available around the home. One simple method is to use an old piece of canvas, cut out to fit your gazebo. This article will take you through the basic steps involved, but it will be up to the individual to modify these instructions to fit their particular needs. For the sake of simplicity, this example will assume that the gazebo is a square design, and has already been erected.

Step 1 - Using the Old Gazebo Cover

If the old gazebo cover is available, you can save a lot of time and trouble by using it as a pattern for the new one. Lay the old cover on top of the new, and mark out the edges. Remove the old cover, and use the shears to cut out the new one. Be sure to add 1 inch to every side, allowing enough material to sew the hem with later.

Step 2 - Measuring the Gazebo

Without a pattern to work from, use the tape measure and write down the measurements. Keep in mind that the tops of gazebo tents are continuous, and that the overhang should be included in the initial measurements. Add 2 inches to the width and 2 inches to the length, allowing for a 1 inch folded hem on both sides of the finished product.

Step 3 - Marking the Material

Mark out the outline of your new portable gazebo cover carefully. Once it has completely marked, use the heavy duty shears to cut out the piece of canvas. Get an assistant to help you place this rough cut over the gazebo and make sure that it will fit properly. When this has been confirmed, remove the canvas

Step 4 - Sewing Hems

All the way around the edge of the canvas, fold a 1 inch hem, and hold it in place using sewing pins. The hems will help protect the gazebo cover from fraying or tearing, and should be double stitched for extra protection. Use a heavy waterproof thread for the hem, and if a sewing machine is available, you can reduce the time substantially by sewing the hem with a machine.

Step 5 - Installing the Gazebo Cover

Once the hem has been sewn into place, have your assistant help you place the cover back on top of the gazebo again. Make sure that it is centered the way you want, and leather or canvas cord to attach the canvas to the gazebo frame. The cords can be attached by stitching them into place, and need to be long enough to wrap and tie around the roof and side supports.

Step 6 - Details and Personalization

There are a lot of ways the new gazebo canopy can be personalized, including having a image airbrushed on the surface, or adding a frilly trim around the bottom edge of the overhang. To get the longest use out of the cover, remove it when the gazebo is not in use, and store it in a safe place that is free from the effect of the weather, including sunshine, rain, heat, and cold.