How to Make Outdoor Shade Sails

Creating the proper environment in your home garden or yard doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You can make your own outdoor shade sails with just a few materials at home. Doing it yourself will allow you to explore your creative side.

Choose your Shape

Shade sails are a great way to add architectural design to your home garden. They protect your family from the harsh rays of the sun and provide for an interesting exterior room outside your home. Shade sails look just like the sails of a ship. Think nautically in size and shape, and work with what room you have in your yard or patio.

Choose the Fabric

There are many different types of outdoor fabrics that are available on the market. Finding a sturdy canvas material that will sustain the dying process for all of the colors that you will want to choose for your home is important. Canvas is usually sold by the yard and can be quite expensive. However, there are many recycled materials available, which work just as well.

Materials Needed

You will need to make sure that you plan out your design with the space that you are working. Cut the fabric in a way that you will have enough to cover the full area completely.

You will not be able to make this installation without the help of a sewing machine. It needs to have a strong needle, like that normally used for working with tough fabrics. Attachments will also be crucial. The fasteners need to be strong enough to not only hold up the material once you have cut and sewn it, but to hold them in place in high winds. At least 16 – 17 yards of material will be necessary for each sail, depending on the size of your garden. While they don’t have to be perfectly matching in size, it is important to be as accurate as you can.

With proper eyehooks and rope to complete the process, you will have everything you need to create an architectural masterpiece.

Make the Installation

Most installations for outdoor sail shades are attached from one structure to another. However, this is not always ideal. You can use eyehooks to connect your sails to trees in the yard and create the same effects as if it was connected to another structure.

Building Your Shade Sale

Begin by cutting fifteen yards of the fabric into three identical sections. Sew these ends together with half inch seams. Be sure to press these seams to one side, and use topstitch to strengthen it. Fold the fabric in half after laying it out, keep the right sides together. You will want these two seams to lie on top of one another. You will then measure 172 inches up, along the creased edge, and then mark. Snap your chalk line from the top diagonally to the bottom. Cut down this chalk line to open up your fabric. On all three sides of the sail make a one inch double hem.