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.
- Drop Cloths
- Brass Grommets
- Sewing Machine
1. I started out with a good old home depot drop sheet (blogger’s linen). The spaces in the pergolas top pieces were measured and I used the measurement to cut the fabric in strips. I stitched up the sides on the sewing machine to create the fabric strips.
2. I added grommets the four corners of each strip of fabric.. 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.
Update: The Home Depot guys was completely right, 5 years later and the brass didn’t rust one bit.
3. We wove the fabric strips through the top of the pergola, and tied them on the ends. we added 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.
Update: I made this cover 5+ years ago and it’s held up really well. I get asked sometimes about if it would be better to use a special weather proof fabric, and if this has held up. It does have a few stains and black marks on it. Every year we put it up in the spring and then take it down in the fall and wash it with bleach. For the low cost, I’d say it was well worth it and highly recommend. We’re still trying to get those vines to grow. 😉