How to Replace Fabric in Retractable Awning

Retractable-Awning-headerImageAwnings are a great way to create a comfortable outdoor living space in the summer. Over the last few years, retractable awnings have become an increasingly popular way to shade and protect a deck or patio area. Depending on the quality of retractable awning, the awning fabric may start to fade or look a little shabby. Luckily, replacing awning fabric is fairly easy and a great project you can do yourself!

We’ve put together an instructional video that walks you step-by-step through the process of replacing the fabric panel in a retractable awning. You will learn how to remove the old fabric panel, take measurements, and sew and install a new fabric panel.

For the awning in this video, we used a sleek and sophisticated Sunbrella Awning stripe, Westfield Mushroom. We stock a wide selection of Sunbrella Marine and Awning Fabrics, so you can select the fabric that will best suit your application.


How to Replace Retractable Awning Fabric in 8 Steps:

  1. Remove old fabric.
  2. Measure and cut new fabric (we recommend Sunbrella).
  3. Sew panels together.
  4. Hem all awning edges.
  5. Measure and cut a valance.
  6. Add a cording sleeve.
  7. Attach binding to valance.
  8. Re-install the awning fabric.

It’s as simple as that…and all the materials can be found at

Do you have a retractable awning or do you have another way to stay shaded?

  1. will said:

    Great imfo. I will be giving this a go. Thanks Sailrite. Plus the info on DIY on website actualy inspired me to start up on my own

  2. I love the versatility of custom fabric awnings. When the fabric gets worn out, you can replace it with the same color or completely change the look of your home with another awning design. Thank you for the tips, I feel confident I could replace my fabric awning now and create a whole new backyard look!

  3. Very good information. This will help us in the improvement of our awnings installation and management.
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  4. I appreciate the work that you have put in this page. Really good, Thanks for sharing how to replace fabric in retractable awning

  5. Very nice article, with a lot of information to be poured through. Thanks for sharing information…

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