How to Make a Swing Chair Canopy | The Carpenter’s Daughter

How to Make a Swing Chair Canopy | The Carpenter’s Daughter


so ever since designing and laying our
own decking about a couple of years ago, something that I wasn’t in a rush for
was patio furniture. Because there’s so many different costly ones out there and
the cheap ones I didn’t think were great quality. But last Monday my neighbour
actually sold us their swing chair and table and two chairs very cheap so it
was very handy. I didn’t have to go to the shops and we just walked around with it.
But one thing that I had to sort out was replace the canopy. So that’s what
today’s video is all about and it cost me £7.50 to do because I
had all of the other bits in as well. And yeah, I’m very pleased how it went. The
only thing is I would probably go for thicker fabric next time because I had
to blindly buy this online, but it is my favourite type, which is called ripstop
and it doesn’t fray and it doesn’t actually need hemming if you don’t want
to, providing you get a heavier weight. So keep on watching if you want to see
how I did it. So for this project, I knew I only needed a 2 metre sheet of fabric, so
I laid it flat on the floor and then placed the old one on top to use as a template.
So I just flattened the whole area with my hands, making sure that there were no
creases and bumps. And once I was happy with the way it was laying, I then pinned
the top fabric to the bottom fabric to stop any movement. Then using some white tailors chalk, or you could use any chalk that washed out, I drew around the
whole top layer and I wasn’t really bothered about this being absolutely
pristine. I didn’t want to make a meal out of it. I just wanted to do a quick
job because to buy these new are about £26 to £30 anyway. But I could not find
my particular size. And to make life even easier, I decided not to follow all of
the scalloped edges and I used my omnigrid board. Or you could use a ruler just
to create a straight line. So I only had four corners that went
inwards and that would make it easy to sew in general as well. And because the
fabric was so thin, I decided to add a hem allowance but if you’ve gone for a
really thick ripstop, then you could go for a finished look by using some really
sharp scissors or a rotary cutter and follow it all the way around. But
again, I’m doing a shortcut here and I went for a half an inch allowance and
just did it by eye with a pair of scissors. And that means I didn’t cut on
the white line you see. I cut on the outside of it by half an inch. So it’s
completely up to you. Normally I would have just measured it all the way around
and cut it professionally. But we just don’t notice it. Or you may even want to
use some hemming tape and just fold it over and press it down with an iron. So
once I removed all the excess, I needed to make sure I could hem around these
corners that go inwards without any hassle. So again, using some sharp
scissors I cut a slit right in the corner and right up to the tailor chalk. That way when I come to hem it, I could fold it and it won’t have so much
tension. And I did that for all of those four corners. Then I flipped the fabric to the opposite
side so the chalk was facing downwards. And then I could fold that hem allowance
over and use that white chalk as my guide. And then I pinned it into place
and then I continued to do that all the way around. But I did need a lot of pins
for this now. Again if you’re very very particular you could press the hems with
an iron. I wasn’t bothered. I do find ripstop creases very easily
anyway with my fingers. And now straight to the sewing machine and here’s me
moving the needle to the far right because my hem allowance isn’t that big.
We are just going to be doing basic straight stitches here. And if you’ve got
a sewing machine and you’ve never used one before, I am self-taught and there’s
so many great tutorials on YouTube as well. And I also use the thinnest needle
that I had in my collection. I’ll leave all links to things below if it helps. But what I didn’t mention earlier is it’s
also waterproof its rip resistant and it’s used in hot-air balloons and things
like that. So after a couple of hours work (bear in mind it takes me longer
because I film it), this is what it looked like. So now it’s the next morning I
needed to sort out the corner fittings on the new one. So I measured the
distance from corner to corner of these fittings and checked on my new one and
it was perfect. Now I could have made my own out of ripstop fabric, but instead I thought, “let’s just use the existing corner ones”. It’s
not really going to be seen and it’s roughly the same colour, so I unpicked all
four with a stitch picker. And then I pinned them to the new one.
As long as I squared them all up and pinned them down, job was a good ‘un. So I’m back to the sewing machine again, but this time on the first and the last few
stitches, I reinforced them by pressing the rewind button so it just sews in
reverse, just to double stitch an area. Because there’s going to be some tension
on this while it’s on the top of the swing chair. And I sewed around the two
sides of those. Obviously not the opening and this created pockets. And then the
last thing I did was even pin the old straps to the new one. And these straps
attach to the front and the back bar. But if you don’t have any of these, it’s
very straightforward. I could have just cut some strips of this fabric and it
wouldn’t have frayed, and just sewn them on or even some ribbon. And I just pinned these down to where they were on the old one. And I definitely made sure I had some
reinforced itches on this and just went back and forth a few times doing one a
row of mini stitches, dead center of the strap. Nice and easy. So that’s it for
this one we just need some better weather now. Hopefully last weekend
wasn’t a one-off, but if you would do anything differently, feel free to
comment below as usual. I am very pleased. And I can just move on now to restoring
the rest of the metalwork and I’ll probably be going over it with a green
as well. Anyway, don’t forget to give it a thumbs up and subscribe if you want to
see more and hopefully I’ll see you in the next one. Thanks for watching. Bye! *Dog barks* Do I need to make some earmuffs?

46 thoughts on “How to Make a Swing Chair Canopy | The Carpenter’s Daughter

  1. dog number 1 plays with ball number 1, ball number 2 and 3 ….. πŸ˜‰ and wants you to play with πŸ˜‰

  2. Nice job, as always, Vikkie. Everything is looking great. And it looks like you had more than a ball.
    I know it's all relative, but this time of year, and particularly throughout the remainder of the summer, I very much look forward to the kind of weather you're having there. Our late springs, summers, and early autumns are a bit of a sun-filled beating here. I'm sure other places are worse, though. As I said, it's all relative.
    At (5:08) Did you say, "Job was a button"? If so, I've never heard that idiom before. I like it. Do you know its background and to what it refers?
    Cheers!

  3. Hi Vickie,It's your friend Milo from across the pond in Washington state.Have you considered doing some merchandise for your channel? I would buy a Carpenters Daughter T-shirt!..I would also buy loads of Carpenters Daughter (carpenter pencils); and pass them out to my friends. You could charge more for hand signed ones, I would buy them also! …Love to you and yours!..Milo

  4. Another great video, but at 4:14 the noise you let out picking the balls off the floor, πŸ™‚ I remember doing the exact same noise when I hit around age 30 getting up off a chair, πŸ™‚ that's it I thought, am getting old now, lol, funny enough my son made the same noise last week getting up off a chair and he is a 29 year old keep fit nutter. πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

  5. Hi Vickie, another great video! πŸ™‚ I was wondering if you got a chance to ask your mother-in-law about the type of trees to plant in the garden? Thanks x

  6. A little cutting here, a little sewing there, and voila, Bob's your uncle….a new canopy! Well-done!!! P.S. I LUV recycling things and bringing them back to life. Your channel is a MUST for recyclers!

  7. Nicely done, Vikkie. I wouldn't have known where to start. πŸ˜‰

    I liked the clarity of your audio in this one – using a microphone does make a huge difference in anyone's video. Missed the background music in this one but enjoyed it otherwise with the constant ball counting.

  8. Great video Vikki, we have to do the same. Thanks for telling about this fabric didn't know about it. What thickness did you choose and what you think would be better?

  9. I think your dog thought your were making gates again and that's why the ball kept turning up.
    (DIY Double gate Part 2) : )

  10. Great video again. Very nice tree in your garden there, and I love the the way dogs get involved into everything especially when they think you’d be better of using a ball!!!!

  11. Hi Vikki, greetings from germany ! I watch your channel to learn some english and of course some manual tricks. nice swing chair in german it call Hollywoodschaukel πŸ˜‰ great videos

  12. Good video Vikki. That fabric is amazing to not tear or rip. That definitely is the way to go for an awning for,your swing. Thanks for sharing and I love all,of,your videos and the way you present them. Great job!

  13. Quick and easy. Nice reboot on the garden swing. Now for some sanding and painting to refresh the metal work, huh?

  14. Looks great. Next time you do those corners, might I suggest you sew in a strip of cotton tape, either across the corner or tuck it into the seam and fold it as you come to the bend maybe 3 inches either side. Gives a stronger corner and stops the fabric from tearing out on the corner. Yes, it's Ripstop but it still rips πŸ™‚
    You are a beast. That poor dog was trying to look after your well being by getting you to exercise with his ball. But noooo, you had to do the human thing.

  15. It took a lot of balls to make that video!
    An idea for keeping the flaps down, you could have sewn some non-rusting chains into the seams to add a bit of weight.

  16. Nice video vikkie canopy looks great like you say it would be better a bit thicker material good job though

  17. Your Dog love you, so much. ( whimpering ) He want you to play a ball. I know you still busy. Woof !!

  18. Have never been a fan of that dark green colour, reminds me of the parasols and awnings they have outside pubs but still you did a great job on it.

  19. Cheers for the fabric tip, I'd probably have gone for a canvas & worked too hard. Do you know if this fabric has a UV rating? It gets extremely hot here & UV levels are high most of the time, causing ordinary fabrics to disintegrate in next to no time.

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