How To Recover A Patio Umbrella?

One of the most common problems with patio umbrellas is that they can easily get damaged, especially if they’re not properly taken care of.  

In this blog post, we’ll be discussing some tips on how to recover a patio umbrella if it becomes damaged. 

Get to know your umbrella 

Umbrellas come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and uses. When deciding whether to re-cover an old umbrella or cover a new frame, keep in mind that the rib length, number of sections, and if the tips are built into the ribs or slip over the rib ends are all significant elements. The more parts your frame has, the better. 

Choose the right fabric 

Consider the way that today’s fabrics react to sunlight, as opposed to those from the past, and how the fabric interacts with the design pattern. 2.2-ounce nylon taffetas and 2.5-ounce Supplex are common materials for most umbrellas. 

Old umbrellas were frequently constructed of natural or somewhat loosely woven materials. If your umbrella is composed of this sort of cloth, choose one with the same amount of bias stretch required to arch over the ribs; but, if you pick a tightly woven synthetic material with a tiny yarn, it will not stretch as much over the ribs and you’ll have to curve the long edge of the pattern slightly. 

Keeping the surrounding area around the point at the top level prevents ripples as the panels come together there, draw in the curve near the tip of the design from just beyond it, curving it out smoothly until 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch at most depending on how many ribs are used. 

Replacing the Canopy for a Patio Umbrella 

Step 1. 

To replace a patio umbrella canopy, you will need a sewing machine, scissors, and a seam ripper 

Remove the old canopy. Remove the top finial and cut away the sewn points of contact from the umbrella’s frame with a seam ripper or scissors. To make a new canopy, you’ll need the old canopy. Cut one of the panels from the old canopy to use as a pattern. Because most umbrellas’ panels are similar in size, utilize one as your pattern. 

Step 2. 

Cut one of the panels of the old umbrella apart to use as the pattern 

Draw around the old panel on pattern paper, folding it in half lengthwise and laying it on the edge of the pattern paper. To make the pattern for new panels, surround the outside edges with a 3/8-inch seam allowance. The folded edge will not require a seam allowance. For future reference, write “fold” along the folded edge of the paper. The old panel may need to be flattened while you’re making the pattern piece to ensure that it lies flat. Newspapers or butcher paper can also be used in its absence. 

Step 3. 

Fold the new fabric in half lengthwise and apply the pattern piece with the fold line along the folded edge of the fabric 

Place the printed image on the new fabric, with the pattern piece along the folded edge of the material. With a rotary cutter or scissors, cut out the pattern from the cloth. Repeat to make each panel of your new canopy. 

Step 4. 

Sew the panels together, and then attach them to the frame of the umbrella 

Attach the panels together. Hem each panel to make a clean bottom edge. Sew pairs of panels, then join the double panels together using a 3/8-inch seam allowance. When sewing the panels together, use a 3/8-inch seam allowance. 

Step 5.  

Turn the canopy inside out over the top of the frame so you can see the underside of the canopy hole. Sew the fabric around the top hole to the top of the frame. 

Begin by slipping the new canopy onto the frame. The top of the canopy will have a hole where the umbrella frame can pass through. Turn the inside-out canopy over the top of the frame so you may view its underside. Using an upholstery needle and thread, sew around the top hole of the canopy to the top of the frame.  

Turn the canopy over the umbrella frame that has been opened and tie up each one of the points where the old canopy was attached to the new canopy with a sewing needle and thread. Replace the top finial. When the frame is completely open, it should look like the old canopy. 

Tips & Warnings 

  • The patio umbrella frame can cut through the seams of your new patio umbrella, so avoid making sutures too close to the top hole for this reason. 
  • Do not make stitches too close to top opening where frame goes because patio umbrella frame may cut through seams on patio umbrella fabric . 
  • Do not use a lock stitch when sewing the old patio-umbrella fabric around the first finial screw; this secures the fabric to the screw and prevents it from slipping. 
  • When replacing the patio umbrella canopy, take care to keep the original stitching around the top hole of the frame. If this stitching is not present, use a needle and thread to sew around the hole to keep the fabric in place.  


In conclusion, patio umbrellas are very fragile and need to be cared for so that they last longer. If you take proper care of patio umbrella, then it should not fade or become dirty.  

You can also remove the patio umbrella canopy if it has faded over time. Just follow the simple steps given above to replace patio umbrella canopy.