Thursday, September 15, 2011

DIY Shade Sail

Because the Mountain House is a weekend/summer house a garage seemed unnecessary. But after seven years of weekends and summers, the pine tree sap and sun was starting to do some damage to the paint on our cars. I had been tossing a lot of ideas around, for years, about how to cover our cars in a stylish way. This is the project that worked the best. They go up every June and I bring them down in late October because it does snow at the Mountain House and these would probably tear from the weight. I made them in 2009 and they are still like new and have survived heavy rain and wind storms. If you can sew a pillow you can do this.

Shade Sails

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 I am lucky to have the trees to attach the sails to. I was going to use eye bolts and carabiners to attach the sails to the trees, but I worried about how that may damage or stress the trees. So they are hanging on wire looped around the tree trunk.

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Here you can see that the fabric is really more of a plastic screen. Rain and wind go right through.

Sewing a hem

I bought two rolls in Home Depot's garden section along with the grommets for the corners.

Grommets are labeled for easy install every spring.

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 Here you can make out some of the wires holding the sails to the trees