How to Patch a Gazebo Cover

What You'll Need
Sewing machine

When your gazebo cover gets a hole or tear in it, you don’t have to trash it right away. There are a few steps that you can take to try to patch it so the whole cover doesn’t go to waste. Here are the tools that you need along with some steps that will help you through the process with ease.

Step 1 - Determine the Problem

The first thing that you need to do is determine that actual type of problem and material that needs to be attached. There are a few different situations that you can find yourself in, depending on the kind of gazebo cover you have. Many times if you have a metal gazebo cover or one that is hard plastic, you will have a little bit of a harder time trying to repair it. However if you have one that is made out of canvas or another type of fabric, it will be much easier trying to find a patch and securing it in place. Vinyl is probably the easiest material to cover because you can just find a sticky patch that goes right over it and stays put. You can also consult the manual for your cover or any paperwork that came with it to find out if there is a specific patch that is made for that actual cover. Many times they will have one in that brand that is made for the gazebo cover and other times you will find that they make suggestions for the type of cover you should be using. If you do not have the manual anymore or it didn't come with one, you can also call the store or check online for that brand name.

Step 2 - Find a Patch

Now that you have seen what type of material you have, you will want to decide how to fix it. For canvas, buy a small canvas patch and use a sewing machine to sew around the patch over the hole. The same goes for other fabrics. However if it was vinyl, you can buy sticky patches that you pop on over the hole. You will need to use scissors to cut the patch before applying it. The best thing to do is to patch it on the side that you can't see. Typically this will be the top of the gazebo because it is tall enough that people can not see above it. Make sure that you cut the patch but leave it big enough to apply glue or to sew.

Step 3 - Test It Out

Now that you have patched the gazebo cover, you will want to put it back up and make sure that it is effective. Check over the next few days to see if the patch holds. You will also want to keep whatever you use for the patch for the future in case you run into the same problem again, so you will be able to patch it right away.