1. Draining Oil Through the Engine Dipstick Tube
  2. Motor Mounts
  3. Minecraft Birthday Decorations
  4. Low- and No-water Front Lawns
  5. Fix a Squeaking, Squealing GE Profile Dryer
  6. Set up a Lemonade Stand for your kids
  7. How to Load the Dishwasher.
  8. How to Get Rid of a Cooler of Rotten Meat
  9. Sew a New Shade Structure Canopy
  10. How to Return $100 Cash to its Owner
  11. Disneyland Shades
  12. How to Fix a Fog Machine
  13. Umbrella Base
  14. Patio Umbrella
  15. Restore Car Headlights
  16. Make Slushie Magic
  17. Facebook Gifts
  18. Tell Time on a Watch
  19. Change your Oil and Filter
  20. Win Costume Contests
  21. How a Toilet Works
  22. How to Fix the Pullcord on a Weed Eater
  23. How to Untwist a Seatbelt
  24. How to Get a Ticket to a Sold-Out Show
  25. How to Make a Sign
  26. How to Memorize the Geography of Africa
  27. How to Memorize the Geography of Canada
  28. How to Remove Shoes from Power Lines
  29. How Not to Build a Patio Cover
  30. How to Remove Slats From Blinds
  31. How to Remove a Toilet Ring
  32. Things I Figured Out, Part 3
  33. Fence Ideas
  34. Instructions on How to Fix a Fence
  35. How Fences Break
  36. How to Fix a Gate
  37. How to Keep your Video Card Cool
  38. How to Patch a Hole in the Wall
  39. How to Paint a Room
  40. how to make a mold out of silicone caulk
  41. how to have a halloween costume contest
  42. How to Siphon Liquids
  43. How to Unlock the Bathroom Door
  44. How to Repair the Lens Mechanism
  45. How to Reset a Circuit Breaker
  46. Using the Hell out of your Digital Camera
  47. How to Decorate with Christmas Lights
  48. How to paper mache
  49. What is the Learning Curve?
  50. How to change a flat tire
  51. how to make coffee
  52. How to change your brake pads
  53. How to fix a Lawnmower pull cord
  54. How to Cut and Paste
  55. How to make fire with two sticks
  56. Refilling an Ink Cartridge
  57. How to Fight a Speeding Ticket

How much is Inside?
Community & Citizenship
Height Weight Chart
Science Club
Incredible Stuff
How To Guides


Easy, Illustrated Instructions on How to Make a New Patio Umbrella Canopy

Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3

If you are uncomfortable with geometry, you might be best served by using a paper pattern for cutting your umbrella panels.

After my eight panels were cut, I made a pattern for the rib pockets, which slide onto the umbrella frame. These pockets will be sewed into place in the corners of the canopy. They need to be strong because wooden ribs might be jammed into them for the next five years

I settled on a double-pentagon shape, which folded up into a five-sided pocket. All those layers of duck cloth almost got me in trouble though, by the end, my sewing machine struggled to poke holes through them.

With the panels and pockets cut, I started sewing.

I decided to use a wide zig-zag stitch to put the umbrella together. I was already using the strongest material and thread I could find, and figured the zig-zag was an equally strong stitch.

Every edge of the pentagon rib pockets would be visible in the completed project, so I put a fold and a seam in each edge.

Before connecting the large panels of the umbrella together by their sides, I put a seam into the top and bottom edge of each triangle.

Next I pinned together the first two panels and prepared to sew them together. My fabric was reversable, but I had the seams oriented to face down when the umbrella was in use. I pinned them together with the seam edges out, because I was sewing them together stacked right on top of one another, as shown below.

They were long seams. With four panels connected, as shown below, the umbrella was taking shape.

Because the completed umbrella has a cone shape, half the panels don't quite add up to half of a circle.

Please Continue Reading Page Three of the Easy, Illustrated Instructions on How to Make a New Patio Umbrella Canopy

  How to siphon gas from a gas tank   How to change a flat tire   How to change brake pads   How to fix the starter cord on a lawnmower   How to make fire with two sticks   How to fight a speeding ticket in court   How to make coffee 
  • Photographic Height/Weight Chart
  • The Weight of Clothing
  • The Television Commercial Database

  • Cockeyed home page | Contact | Terms and Conditions | April 12, 2013  Copyright 2013