DIY Vehicle Awning/Canopy Project: Canvas and Grommets
After a long delay, my DIY vehicle awning/canopy project is underway. I am going to share this project in a few parts.
This is the next step in my DIY vehicle awning/canopy project. We made the tent poles, now we are going to tackle the canvas (a cheat would be to use a tarp with grommets already in, but I wanted something more permanent, and nicer looking).
Gather the following tools and materials:
- (1) 6' x 9' (Actually a little smaller) heavy duty canvas ($12 Home Depot)
- (1) Grommet kit (Had on hand-- they run about $4)
- Heavy duty Fabric Glue or sewing kit
- Waterproofing spray (I had CampDry on hand-- runs about $5)
- X-Acto knife
- Measuring Tape
Here is what to do:
- Measure and mark eight dots for the grommets (One on each corner and one in the center or midpoint of each side)
- Fold the extreme ends over about an inch and glue or sew (I didn't bother with the two side holes)
- Punch the holes with the tool in the grommet kit
- Hammer in the grommets
- Spray the "top" with the water proofing
- Spray the "bottom" if you like as well
- Allow to dry
That's it. We have our canvas, I have spent another $12, bringing me to $27. Took about 30 minutes..
Now let's do the guylines and rigging . . .
SOME CHANGES BASED UPON FIRST SETUP AND WIND TEST: 1) Consider reinforcing the area around the grommets-- the high winds I tested in did show wear and tear in the material around the grommet.
2) Consider using a prefabbed tarp to skip this step altogether. 3) The fabric glue seemed ineffective-- the material should be sewn if you want a more finished look (However, it could work without a "finished" seam).
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