How to Make an RV Awning

Item # X-HT-300549

Updating your awning is one of the easiest ways to customize the appearance of your RV. Make a statement with a bold stripe or keep it simple with a solid from top brands like Sunbrella®, Parasol™ and Stamoid™. This video tutorial will teach you how to sew and install a custom RV awning. The techniques we use for our awning easily adapt to different styles of RVs or campers.

Learn how to DIY an RV awning.

Depending on the style of your awning, it may be beneficial to have an extra set of hands to help with the disassembly of the old awning. Your disassembly process may look slightly different from ours, but the principles will be the same.

When it comes to selecting an awning fabric, Sailrite carries several great options. We chose a Sunbrella® Awning fabric because the solution-dyed acrylic fibers are highly resistant to wear, water and fading. To help you pick the perfect fabric for your awning, our Outdoor Fabric Selection Guide (X-HT-300080) compares all the outdoor fabric brands we offer based on six categories: breathability, UV resistance, water resistance, colorfastness, abrasion resistance and cleanability.

This video tutorial will walk you step-by-step through creating a custom awning. We used six panels of Sunbrella to make up the width of our awning. If you’re using a striped fabric, we’ll show you how to measure the repeat of the stripe for a seamless transition between each of the panels. Basting tape will keep your hems securely in place while manipulating such a large amount of fabric.

Our finished awning has a sleeve for the hanging mechanism with an added valance. You can add a scalloped edge, keep it straight or leave the valance off altogether — it’s your choice!

Our completed Sunbrella awning.

Reinstalling the awning can be tricky, so be sure to recruit a friend to help. Once it’s installed, you’ll have a new, high-quality RV awning to keep you cool and shaded.

Video Chapters:

  • Disassembly of Awning — 0:45 min.
  • Measuring Awning & Removing Fabric — 6:57 min.
  • Measuring & Sewing Fabric Panels Together — 9:29 min.
  • Sewing Hems — 19:12 min.
  • Adding Awning Sleeve, Valance & Bottom Hem — 30:55 min.
  • Inserting Spline Cord — 41:46 min.
  • Creating Webbing Strap — 44:03 min.
  • Making Double Cord Awning Rope — 51:07 min.
  • Installing Awning — 1:00:29 min.
  • Materials & Tools List — 1:13:26 min.

Materials List:

  • Awning Fabric from Sailrite® — we used Sunbrella® Awning Stripe Cooper Navy 46" Fabric — #4987-0000
  • Seamstick 3/8" Basting Tape for Canvas (50 yds.) — #129
  • V‑92 Black UV Bonded Polyester Thread 4 oz. (1,350 yds.) — #100071
  • Awning & Sling Chair Spline Cording 5/32" — #122590
  • 2" Seat Belt Webbing
  • Top Notch® 1S Charcoal 60" Fabric — #121813
  • Seamstick 1/4" Basting Tape for Canvas & Upholstery (36 yds.) — #122065
  • Awning & Sling Chair Spline Cording 1/4" — #103839
  • Rivets

Tools List:

  • Magic Chalk Liner White — #122803
  • Tempered Cutting Glass for Hotknife — #121915
  • Sailrite® Edge Cordless Hotknife 18V Package — #122177
  • Clear Acrylic Ruler 6" x 24" — #102400
  • Sailrite® Canvas Patterning Ruler — #107040
  • Multiuse Pins 1‑1/2" (250 Pack) — #102985
  • Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LSZ‑1 PLUS Walking Foot Sewing Machine — #300602
  • Sailrite® Ultrafeed® Industrial Sewing Table & Workhorse® Servo Motor — #120931
  • Soapstone Fabric Marking Pencil White — #102766
  • Deluxe 5 1/2" Magnetic Sewing Guide — #103597
  • Left Zipper Foot for Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LSZ‑1 Sewing Machine — #896
  • Seam Ripper Deluxe — #18104
  • Comfort Grip Rotary Cutter 60mm — #9655
  • Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat 24" x 36" — #120257
  • Scribe‑All® Black Marking Pencil for Vinyl — #121977
  • Professional Rivet Tool — #103520
  • Tape Measure, Drill, Hammer, Screwdriver, Vice Grips, Box Cutter