Tempo indoor/outdoor Aztec black at fabric.com
I'm interested to see how the color holds up to being in the direct sunlight.
I then started the process of creating the cover...
To be honest, I was just winging it, so if you attempt this at home you may very well have a better way to do this. (But this was my journey to our new cover)
I made a rough pattern of one of the sections on the existing cover. There are 8 total that I cut out and labeled in consecutive order.
Thank goodness for a large, open floor area.
Then came the process of hemming each section. I can definitely say the day I did the sewing my sewing machine was on "her cycle" cause she was a testy one. I'm sure it had something to do with the weight of the fabric, but her and I were not friends. Thankfully we made it through and we are back working as a team. =)
What followed was a whole lot of straight line sewing. I sewed each section to each other, following my number labels which I think just made me feel like I was following the correct order. (Not sure it actually mattered in the real construction of the cover)
Then after all 8 sections were sewn together I needed to add "tabs" to the underside of the cover that would help with holding it down to the frame. So I just used little 1 1/2" strips of 1/4" elastic and manually sewed them to the underside.
I attached all the tabs to the underside and screwed back on the top cap and the caps to the ends of the frame and voila...
Now I may just have to spray paint those maroon bench seats!