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
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
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
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
Attach a metal eyelet to each corner of the triangle, using the hammer and eyelet-punching kit.
Step 4: Assemble the sail
Thread the rope through each eyelet and attach the sail to trees or posts.