Hannah here- "Guess who's back, guess who's back (etc etc)"..... that would be me, courtesy of an enormous ferry that trundled across the North sea from Denmark to Essex signalling the end of our 5 week camping/airbnb adventure around northern Europe and scandinavia. In many ways our adventure continues as we stay in friends and families spare rooms until October when we move into our new house. A second month living out of a suitcase is showing signs of taking a strain but we have the first months memories of our trip to keep us going. And god, what a trip it has been. Surpassing all of our expectations, surprising us in more ways that we thought possible, (in both good and bad ways) it was everything we could have hoped for. What a way to end our twenties!
I still have tons of photo's to sift through and many blog posts to shower you with (lucky you!) but for Making Monday I thought i'd show you a shade sail I made for the trip. It was only used a handful of times as the weather in the middle 3 weeks of the holiday was rainy, stormy and windy but it was brilliant for the bit of sun we did have!
How to make the shade sail:
- 2 bits of thin, gauzy fabric, approximately 1 meter by 1.5 meters (depending on how big you want it to be)
- 4 eyelets and an eyelet closing tool
- 2 extendable poles
- 4 camping pegs- (plus 4 beach pegs if you know you'll use it on the beach)
- 4 two meter lengths of camping cord, and plastic runners to adjust length (they are often sold together but we had spare from an old tent)
- sewing machine and thread
- Cut both bits of fabric so they are exactly the same size- they should be a rectangular shape. sew them together, correct side facing inwards, leaving a gap of about a foot. Turn inside out, press then hand stitch opening closed. Alternatively just double hem a thicker bit of fabric if you can't find the gauzy stuff.
- Attach the eyelets to the 4 corners of the shade sail by making a small hole in the fabric with the end of some scissors, adding the open eyelets to both sides then using the eyelet closing tool to shut them.
- Attach the cord and runners to the 2 bottom corners on the long edge of the fabric.
- To put up, extend both poles, and insert the tops through the eyelets at the top of the long side of the rectangle (not the corners with the cord attached). Peg one pole to the ground using the camping cord. Get someone to hold the first pole up whilst you stretch the fabric out then peg the other bit of camping cord from the second pole to the ground. (the tension keeps them up). Then peg the remaining 2 lower corners with the camping cord attached to the ground stretching it out as you do so.
- Bask in the shade, and in your own crafting prowess.