I've read the threads about being sure to use awning material and not upholstery fabric. Some have suggested that awning fabric comes in certain widths. What I am looking at is only 32" wide. So, my first question is - In your valued opinion, would this make for a good awning?
The listing says that it is polyester coated and UV protected. Is that sufficient for durability?
My second question is, how many yards will I need? My trailer is 18' long, so maybe the awning is 14', or 15'? And extends 8' from the trailer with about a 6" scallop edge? My estimate is a little over 20 yards. Am I even in the ball park?
At 32" wide, you are going to need several seams. That's doable, but the fewer the seams, the simpler the sewing will be, and the cleaner the final product will look. Get the widest you can find - usually around 60 inches). 32 inches is best for chair cushions and curtains. When you sew the awning, make sure the thread isn't cotton, as it will not last as long as the awning.
Hamlet has an 8-foot awning, which works for his 10 foot body. For a trailer that's 18 feet long, It'd look a little nicer if the awning extended more like 10 feet. I'm just guessing, though. Hopefully you'll get some good input from others with larger trailers.
That is duck canvas which is an outdoor canvas and probably or possibly cotton coated with polyester, it doesn't say. It says 10oz and that's about right for awning fabric, maybe even heavier because it's cotton and 36' wide rather than 46. If you go to a fabric store, you can look at their duck canvas and get an idea. 32" is really narrow. Personally, I would keep looking. Compare to Sunbrella Awning fabric specs: Width: 46 inches (116.84 cm) Collection Name: 46 Inch Stripes Color Name: Havelock Brick Fabric Colors: Beige, Cream, Red Contents: 100% Sunbrella Acrylic Finish Treatment: Flurocarbon, Mildew Repellent, Water Repellent, U.V. Resistant, Soil / Stain Resistant Product Weight: 9.25 oz. per square yard www.outdoorfabriccentral.com/4985-0000-havelock-brick-sunbrella.html
But if you like the fabric and the price is right and you don't mind an extra seam, go for it. It definitely would be good deal for a trial awning.
Thanks for the feedback. I can see how the extra seems would be a pain to make. I was just trying to see if it was durable enough material.
I ordered some samples from Outdoor Fabric Central last night, so I'll see how those are when they get here. I've had a tough time finding a selection of red, white and blue awning fabric. Except of course for the Ralph Lauren that runs $112/yd. Ouch.
The true awning fabric is a little limited in patterns. I'm not a true purist, if you find something that is durable enough and you like it, that's all that matters. I've seen people use all sorts of stuff. I think the weight of the material is important because it helps hold it in place when on the poles. Light stuff is going to flap around. I have some lightweight stuff I may experiment with. I bought it because I liked the color. I also have some Sunbrella I bought off of eBay, too. It was supposed to be teal, and looked teal in the pic, but when it arrived it looked more like common greenish umbrella fabric. It's on a back burner project for my teardrop now.