A few years ago we had this beautiful pergola built in our backyard. I love it. I planted vines on it, and have been patiently waiting for them to grow up and provide some much needed shade in our backyard. It’s year three, we’ve had one casualty and re-plant, and I’m getting a little less patient. It’s a really lovely place to sit, but it’s just too hot!
I had an idea that I could make some shade, by weaving some fabric through the wood.
I started out with a good old home depot drop sheet (blogger’s linen). I measured the spaces in the pergolas top pieces and cut the fabric in strips. I stitched up the sides on the sewing machine, and added grommets. The very helpful man at Home Depot said they wouldn’t rust, since they’re brass. I just followed the instructions on the package, and they turned out looking great.
We wove the fabric strips though and tied them on the ends, adding a few staples for stability.
It turned out really great, and best of all, it’s not so burning hot out there anymore.
With a little backyard shade available, life really is a party.