STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

How to make a shade sail

How to make a shade sail

You will need:

  • A 2m length of 150cm-wide thick cotton fabric
  • Iron-on adhesive hem tape, available from haberdashery departments
  • A 2cm eyelet-punching kit for fabric including eyelets, available from haberdashery departments
  • An 11m length of 4mm-thick coloured rope
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Hammer

This no-sew sail can be attached to trees or a sturdy post. It takes under an hour to make and set up, so it won’t be long before you can put your feet up and relax in the shade.



Time to complete job: Under one hour
Approximate budget: From £30 depending on the cost of the fabric

  • Step 1: Cut out the fabric

    Step 1: Cut out the fabric

    Lay the fabric out flat and mark one of the shorter sides in the centre with a soft pencil. Draw lines from this point to two opposite corners, then cut out this triangle.

  • Step 2: Hem the fabric

    Step 2: Hem the fabric

    Fold over the edges of the triangle and use the iron-on tape to make neat hems 3cm wide all the way around.

  • Step 3: Add the metal eyelets

    Step 3: Add the metal eyelets

    Attach a metal eyelet to each corner of the triangle, using the hammer and eyelet-punching kit.

  • Step 4: Assemble the sail

    Step 4: Assemble the sail

    Thread the rope through each eyelet and attach the sail to trees or posts.