Post by 1958 Shasta "Penny" on Jul 21, 2013 17:20:35 GMT -8
Thanks to Redwing and others who have graciously shared their DIY awnings, I was wondering if anyone knew of a site that shows you how to also sew the side walls / cabana (not sure of the right verbiage) to create a side room on the trailer?
I could pretty much figure out how to sew it, just not sure of the hardware to use to connect the walls etc. PVC? Poles?
FiftyEight Shasta, Good advice! I've been toying with this idea, also. There must be many ways to attach these. Velcro comes to mind first off. Not an entire length of velcro but spots of velcro say 6-12" apart.
The velcro would have to be sewn on the scallop sides up close to the top seam on the awning. I would recommend making it 3 separate sections for ease in handling!
good luck and it will be fun to see what you end up with!
Post by lovnvintage on Jul 26, 2013 11:26:07 GMT -8
I think those might be the snaps they were talking about, as some even put the screw ones into the skin of their trailer so it would fit up tight against it. I sent a msg asking for close ups of how they attached,etc. if I hear back I will share here.
It looked to me like she sewed those black clips to the tops of the "sides" then attached them to d-rings that had been sewn into the top of the awning. Not sure why they are black though--I'm sure you could get white (or any color really) nylon from the fabric store along with all the clips you would need. Or use nylon with some kind of metal clips. Sometimes those plastic ones are really hard to pinch enough to unclip whatever you're clipped to. I'd go to your local Joann's or wherever and just look at what they have. My son is allergic to metal so I have to make his belts out of nylon webbing and plastic clips--there are tons of options in that section.
All great ideas! But I might be a little leery of the "tarp grabbers". Grommets actually spread the stress of the attachment/tarp across an enclosed circle hole and is encapsulated by metal. The tarp grabber just punches a nail-like hole in the tarp and I would be afraid that the stress or weight or wind might put too much stress on just that one small hole.
But if you are allergic to metal the tarp grabber is definitely the way to go. I would just make sure to reinforce the fabric with a sewn in square or circle surrounding where the tarp grabber will go.
Oh oh oh. Here's an idea! Somehow suspend a curtain rod down from the scalloped edges and use curtain clips to attach the side walls. That way you can easily slide open your side walls during the day and close them at night when you want the privacy!
Post by 1958 Shasta "Penny" on Jul 27, 2013 10:02:40 GMT -8
I've thought about the rod thing, but can't figure out how it would be attached to the trailer if the one end is attached to the trailer is though the C rail, otherwise it would have to be free-standing and four poles holding the rods with elbow connectors. But they could sag or pull from the weight of all the fabric and would probably need cross bar in the middle for support.