It's very frustrating that you drop a chunk of change on an iron gazebo (not the flimsy cheap ones) and there are no replacement supplies for them. After a big wind shredded the top canvas of our gazebo late last summer, I began to look around, research, contact manufacturers (even those that did not make mine) to find a replacement canvas top - nobody does them. They do sell replacement netting/screen sides (about $100) , but if you have damage to your canvas top, you must either buy a new gazebo or pay a boat canvas repair place to fix or create a new one. Their quote for a new canvas was $225. Really??? Really???
I got fed up, took what was left of the old cavas top, layed out on the lawn and began to measure and chart what I would need to sew a new one myself. Yep, I have been ambitious and yes, I do sew - I have a specialty machine as I make custom saddle blankets for horse shows which works perfectly with the heavier material. Canvas duck material in the upholstery dept of the fabric store. Netting inserts, velcro and a lot of sewing and "fittings" - I am nearly done. It is heavier material than the old one - we put grommets in spots more advantageous to drainage than the original - more velcro fasteners for the frame, waterproofing canvas spray. It weighs a ton compared to the old one but still sits nicely on the frame. Just FYI for anyone thinking about this, it really isn't that complicated, not many individual pieces, lots of straight hems - it's just a large object to manipulate around the equipment when sewing. Uh, no, I won't be making any for friends and family.
Pictures will be posted when it's complete and up on the frame. I am hoping it will work out fine - stressing because I have my youngest son's graduation open house in my yard next week and now it's crunch time to get everything done.