How to Make Cheap Window Awnings


If you are in the market to hang window awnings on your home, you probably know they can be very expensive. However, with just a little bit of sewing knowledge you can make your own awnings at a reasonable price. Hanging awnings above your windows can cut down on the amount of heat that comes into your home by the bright sun, and keep rain out when you have the windows open to allow in fresh air. Making your own window awnings is a good investment in your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Outdoor canvas fabric
  • Scissors
  • Clothespins
  • Sewing machine
  • Chalk
  • Heavy-duty nylon thread
  • Grommets
  • Awning hardware
  • Tent/metal pole

Measure the width of your window from the outside of the house. Measure how far out you want the awning to overhang the window, which will be from about 18 to 24 inches. Add 8 inches all the way around to allow for hemming and overhanging fabric.

Cut out one piece of the canvas to the measurement for each window. It is a good idea to measure each window individually just to make sure you are cutting the fabric wide enough.

Sew your awnings using a heavy-duty nylon thread. Hem the edges of the awning by folding the fabric under 2 inches and then another 2 inches. Use clothespins instead of regular pins to hold the fabric in place. Regular straight sewing pins will bend too easily when sewing with canvas.

Find the center of the fabric and mark it with chalk. Measure out the width of the window, starting at the center and going out evenly on each side. There will be extra fabric to allow for the overhanging flap.

Sew a casing for the poles on either side of the awning by folding the fabric where the excess meets the width in a 3-inch fold. Stitch from the front to back to hold the casing secure and form the overhanging flap. Leave an opening at the back of the awning so you can slide in the metal support poles.

Repeat Step 5 to form a rod casing for the front of the awning.

Install awning hardware to the wall of the house at the sides of the window. Measure to match the width of the awning. Hold the brackets up to the wall of the house and pre-drill holes. Screw the brackets to the walls.

Attach grommets to the corners at the back of the awning following the manufacturer's directions as this may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Slide the metal poles into the casings. Use metal poles leftover from old tents to save money.

Set the poles into the awning hardware that is already attached to the house. Bolt where appropriate, if necessary, depending on the type of hardware you purchase.

Tips & Warnings

  • Purchase the canvas when it is on sale to save more money.
  • Depending on what it looks like, recycle old canvas from damaged tents to make the awnings for your windows. Cut around any torn parts and follow the rest of the directions.

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