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How to fix a tear in a synthetic material gazebo top

Updated February 21, 2017

Having a gazebo is an absolute gift to any house. A gazebo grants the best of both worlds -- you get to take advantage of the outdoors while sheltering from the elements. If your gazebo is made from a synthetic material or fabric, chances are it's a portable gazebo that you can move around. Don't let a rip in the roof jeopardise your protection from the sun and the rain. You can quickly and simply repair the tear yourself.

Measure the length and approximate width of the rip.

Cut a piece of nylon fabric designed for outdoors that is 5 cm (2 inches) longer than the rip and twice as wide.

Pull the sides of the rip together and pin them in place. Spray them with a strong fabric adhesive spray designed for outdoor fabrics. Spray the underside of the nylon patch. Press the patch firmly over the tear.

Flip the synthetic material over and remove the pin that was holding the two sides in place. Thread a needle with plastic thread that matches the colour of the nylon roof.

Pull the two sides of the rip toward each other and stitch them in place. Make tiny stitches that are tight and extremely close together. When you're finished, spray the seam you've made lightly with your fabric adhesive.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Nylon
  • Fabric adhesive for outdoors
  • Needle
  • Plastic thread
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About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."