How to Repair a Shade Sail

Summer heat is here. Do you remember storing that damaged shade sail last year? Now it's the TIME TO FIX it, so you will be able to enjoy the whole summer in nice, pleasant shade! Here is an easy and free TUTORIAL for you:

shade sail repair tutorial free

Last year, we spent a week at our friends's place in a charming stone cottage with royal blue shutters on the windows. Blue sails in front of the cottage cast a pleasant shade over wooden chairs and a beautiful dark blue coffeetable. One of the shade sails had recently been damaged by a metal hook and needed repair. Off course I volunteered immediately, I love such DIY challenges. :)

Since it might come in handy to somebody else, I'll show you the entire DIY process:


1) Use the material closest to the shade sail that you can get. Cut out 2 square pieces, each of them four times bigger than the area needing repair. Fold them to get several layers, like this:

shade sail repair tutorial

2) Put a piece of fusible interfacing onto the torn area, and one blue (folded) patch over that. To prevent any heat damage from ironing the shade sail, set the iron to low heat and cover the area with a moist cotton cloth - then just apply the tip of the iron to the patch area  - just enough to fuse all layers together. See below.

shade sail repair tutorial free

3) The same pieces of fusible interface and the blue patch are to be added to the other side, too. But before that, you'll need to find the exact location as it needs to exactly match the first patch. Off course, if you want to complicate just like I do - I wanted to sew all layers together with one single stitch line.
The easiest way to do so is to stick pins to the corners of the front patch and to mark the spots on the other side. You should then take the pins out.

shade sail repair tutorial free

5) Apply fusible interfacing to the other side, too, and cover it by the blue patch. Again, when ironing, you need to use the tip of the iron and a cotton cloth to protect the sail.

6) Finally, sewing: use a midsized zigzag stitch. For tidy corners, move the needle by using the hand wheel at each end of the line.

shade sail repair tutorial free

One thing here: I often don't care to match the color of the bobbin thread to the upper thread, but here you need to. It's a must. 

7) Secure the first and the final stitch by pulling threads on one side and tying them together in a knot. (I advise against backstitching to avoid bulk).
shade sail repair tutorial free

The needle I used is thin enough to prevent any water running through even when raining. Time will show if I'm right.

shade sail repair tutorial for summer

Now I'll keep my fingers crossed that the owners of the shade sail like*** the solution. If they doesn't, the patch is small enough to be covered by something more professional. :)

***UPDATE: they did - like the result. :D

shade sail patch


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