Clean Outside Surfaces and Remove Moss

Clean Outside Surfaces and Remove Moss

Canvas Cleaning for Caravan awning, tents and sails

Trees, birds, seaspray, car exhaust, mould and dogs are just some of the culprits for staining awnings, so as far as is practicable, protect your awning from trouble.

Cleaning services for canvas products is limited in the UK with many issues of damage and lost  in the post items when people send their valuable camping items away for cleaning.

OUTDOOR SEWING SOLUTIONS recommendation is as follows.

  1. Erect your tent, Caravan awning or sail at home and with a hose and cloth clean off any dirt you may have on the awning.
  2. Clean with Wet & Forget by spraying on with your Garden Sprayer
  3. Reproof if required with reproofing such as Grangers Fabsil. There are many options for sale at your local outdoor shop or on the Internet. OSS do not currently recommend one product.

Do not ever water jet your outdoor materials as this will only damage the materials and remove any waterproofing the materials might have.


Always wait until the canvas is dry before dealing with mud or dirt, when it can usually be removed with a stiff brush. Stubborn marks can be tackled with plain water, but anything stronger should be avoided if possible. If too unsightly, try soap and water but never detergent. Any area touched by the soap solution will have to be reproofed.

Windows with water and wiped with a soft cloth to remove drips.


Small patches can be treated with an aerosol proofer and should be applied when the awning is dry and in a well ventilated place. Note the proofer contains solvents which are highly flammable. For larger areas it may be better to use a soft paint brush. Ideal conditions are a warm, dry day, but avoid hot sun which will dry the proofer out too quickly. Do not forget to protect vinyl windows, mudwalls, grass and tarmac while using products which contain spirit-based solvents. Do not pack the awning away until the solvent has completely dried out.

Wet and Forget 

Clean Outside Surfaces and Remove Moss with Original Wet and Forget Cleaners

Wet & Forget has a unique combination of biodegradable selective surfactants for Moss, Mould, Lichen and Algae removal on any exterior surface. When diluted with water and applied, it immediately attacks these unsightly contaminants.

Each time it rains, this safe, cleansing combination reactivates to help flush away the Moss, Mould, Lichen and Algae without scouring the surface it has infested. Wet & Forget is a safe and effective way of removing these contaminants from ANY exterior surface.  Once applied the wind and the rain will gently takes the decomposing material away bit by bit until the surface is clean.

  • Non caustic.
  • Non acidic.
  • No bleach.
  • No pressure washing.
  • No elbow grease.
  • 5L concentrate makes 30L of product. No special equipment required just a good garden sprayer..
  • Easy to maintain, reapply at the first sign of recontamination.
  • UNLIMITED shelf life even when mixed with water.


Silicone based proofer with UV protection for tents, awning, garden furniture 

and outdoor accessories. 
No matter how good your clothing, footware and equipment, Factory-applied DWR coatings will not maintain their performance indefinitely. 

Grangers have developed a range of products designed to care for all your outdoor gear 

to the highest standards and extend the life of your equipment for many years.

Granger's Advanced Mirrored Technologies mirror the performance of both the cleaning 

and proofing processes of the manufacturer's Durable Waterproof repellency (DWR) layer. 
Our AMT technologies mirror those of the world's leading outdoor brands. 
Granger's AMT means: 
  • Fabric breathability is maintained. 
  • Superb bonding of treatment to the fabric. 
  • Visual appearance of garment is maintained. 
  • Our DWR finish will remain on the fabric even after many washes


Clean Outside Surfaces and Remove Moss with Original Wet and Forget Cleaners
Fabsil Universal Protector Liquid

Investment of machinery for dinghy, one design and windsurfing sails.

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Longarm sewing machine, zig-zag, three step and straight stitch

Outdoor Sewing Solutions has invested in a Longarm sewing machine that will do stitch in zig-zag, three step and straight stitch.

The Solent 98-650 Longarm has been purchased for Sail repairs and manufacture.

Solent machine is specially manufactured for the sailmaking industry and will give us Zigzag stitch and triple stitch on light heavy jobs.

This machine will fill a gap in our machine armoury for making one design sails, repairing Mylar and Windsurf sails without the need to roll the sail as tight, therefore risking creasing the materials.

Windsurf repair can now be done more efficiently as well as Myler dinghy sails.

The zig-zag, three step and straight stitch capability also make this machine perfect for One Design Sails.

With three stitches on one machine, it also increases our capacity freeing up another machine to focus on other Outdoor Products such as Awning repairs and Contract manufacturing product.

More investment next year will give us another walking foot machine that will also specialise in binding.

Other machines we also run:

  • Brother walking foot Straight stitch, Light to Heavy duty.
  • Phaff Triple stitch (6 point), Light to medium for sail and tent repair.
  • Global Zigzag, Light to Medium.
  • 28 stitch Bar tacking machine for Webbing.
  • Long arm twin needle Highlead sewing machine for Medium to heavy duty sewing.


"We've got the outdoors sewn up"

Phaff triple stitch
Brother walking foot

RS Tera Inland Nationals

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Last weekend, 1st – 2nd July, many RS Tera helms (no matter what their ability) enjoyed a very competitive sail at the inland nationals. The Inland Nationals took place in Rutland Water Sailing Club and all the races were held by a very kind and thoughtful race committee. Rutland is a lovely sailing club in the East of England.




Well done to Alice Davis who won the Sport Fleet Regatta, and Robbie McDonald who won the Pro Fleet Regatta. During this competition, there was another fleet competing, the regatta fleet. The Regatta fleet was a group of helms that are pretty new to sailing (or Rs Tera sailing) or did not feel like they where up to the standard of all the other sailers, therefore did not want to compete in the main fleet races. The regatta fleet were coached by some lovely people and by the end of this competition felt much more confident in the sailing abilities. They now know how to improve their ability, where to improve and what they can do to be as good as some of the worlds best RS Tera sailers in a couple of years.


I entered in the pro fleet even thought I have been sailing this rig of only 5 months, and everyone else was going to better and more experienced than I was. I still managed to enjoy my weekend of sailing and was very happy with my end result, even thought I knew I could have done better.


RS Tera inland nationals video

Written by Beth Miller

Designing Your Yurt

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OUTDOOR SEWING SOLUTION focuses on manufacturing our clients designs.

We have focused on making this easier for you to create your own design and have found more helpful links for you to do this.

see below links:

Yurt Notes and Calculator

Yurt construction

Yurt info .org


Designing Your Albion Yurt

Article accredited to Boldscan

If you’ve had a copy of our Yurt Buyers Guide you may have more questions than you started out with, which is where this next guide may help.
The idea is to talk through the various ideas, adaptations and add-ons we can offer you to design your yurt to suit you.
Lets start from the ground up and go from there.

Custom Yurt

Where and how are you going to use your yurt?

Yurts can be permanently sited, completely mobile for camping or used as exhibition stands stalls, mobile theatres and many other things so you need to work out how you want to use your yurt and design it accordingly.
If permanently sited, its position needs to be carefully thought out. Under trees it’s always damp and reduces the life of the canvas. Continuing with the damp theme, avoid siting your yurt too close to rivers and streams or even hedges, even dips in the ground can hold the damp.
Exposure to the full elements can be a problem, on the sea front for instance or the crest of a hill. Yurts are very stable but still can be blown over in very strong winds without additional guying. Decks work best in exposed situations, with the stanchions concreted in and the yurt securely attached to the deck, keep the deck low in these situations too.

Deck or Groundsheet?

Decks can be expensive to build correctly, but are very worthwhile. Groundsheets are an instant easy to transport, relatively cheap flooring system.
You can make a deck to the size of your yurt or larger to give a seating area. If you make a large deck you will need some way to prevent rain water running into the yurt, the simplest way to do this is to use a groundsheet with a welded wall. This means you can also take your yurt away with you if you wish.
Decks made to size need to be sealed from the ground to prevent boards opening up and allowing warm damp air to be drawn up into the yurt. Its best to use marine grade ply for this and perhaps insulate the floor as well – the old camping principle of more insulation under you than over you equally applies here.

Size of Yurt?

Think carefully about the size you would like, and remember that going up in size from 12ft diameter to 14ft diameter say is not simply an additional 2ft, but another 40 square feet of area. See the chart below to compare some common sizes; this chart is based on Albion yurt dimensions which are fairly standard British Yurt dimensions.
It’s also worth considering purchasing the next size of yurt up from the one you think you could manage with, there’s nothing worse than wishing you had just a little bit more space!

Yurt Diameter Area
No 10 3.2 m 10ft 6” 8 m 2 86 ft 2
No 12 3.74 m 12ft 3” 11 m 2 115 ft 2
No 14 4.27 m 14ft 14.31 m 2 154 ft 2
No 16 4.8 m 15ft 10” 18 m 2 200 ft 2
No 18 5.35 m 17ft 6” 22.5 m 2 240 ft 2
No 20 6.14 m 20ft 2” 29.6 m 2 315 ft 2
No 21 6.3 m 20ft 8” 32 m 340 ft 2
No 22 6.67 m 21ft 11” 35m 2 380 ft 2
No 24 7.32 m 24ft 42 m 2 452 ft 2
N0 24 6 7.47 m 24ft 6” 44 m 2 472 ft 2
No 26 8 m 26ft 3” 50 m 2 541 ft 2
No 28 8.55 m 28 ft 57.4 m 2 616 ft 2
No 30 9.1 m 29ft 10” 65 m 2   700 ft 2


Height and Headroom

Most people are going to be happy with a standard height yurt, giving about 5ft 8 inch clearance across the space (1.725m) and a similar door height. For commercial yurts its worth upgrading to a higher walled yurt. A simple 8 inch (200mm) increase in wall height gives 6ft 2 inch (1.88m) clearance for door and headspace, a further 8 inches (200mm) gives a huge 6ft 10 inches (2.08m) clearance, obviously the overall heights will increase accordingly. The reason for the 8inch (200mm) increments is down to the setting of the trellis which is based on our standard  16.5 inch (420mm) frequency trellis. Closer set trellis can be made for stronger, heavier yurts, which will also increase the amount of roof ribs.


Albion Canvas supply a variety of doors and doorways to suit your needs. Standard doors are 2 trellis widths wide (16.5 inches x 2 = 33 inches) and 5ft 6” high (clearance). Higher doors need to have a higher trellis to prevent too much distortion in the roof line.

Door width can be increased to a 3 x 16.5 inch = 49.5 inch wide door. The wider doors are great for commercial use, allowing two people to pass in the doorway. An even wider door frame can be produced, but hanging doors on this frame can be too bulky, if you need more door space, add more doors.

Additional doors are useful for traffic flow and as fire exits. We recently designed a yurt for Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall which was for use as a stall. It had a single rear door access and then twin wide doors at the front set about 3 metres apart. This was to allow for a flow of customers through the space with a central dividing counter. The 3 metre width of wall also had a large window as a shop window (high walled yurt).

The door frames can be simply covered with a zipped canvas door, or have wooden doors and locks fitted. We usually advise twin leaf doors, but single doors are fine in standard width door frames. The canvas doors are simple and light to transport, but the wood doors add a real feeling of security. Wide door frames can only have twin leaf doors fitted.

Some people like to have stable doors, but I find this puts too much strain on the doorframe and can push it out of true making closing the door difficult.

Most of our doors are fitted to open internally, although we can make them externally opening if you wish, but you will need to make some provision for securing the door when open to prevent the wind banging the doors about.

Joining Yurts

We have joined many yurts together over the years to give additional rooms without breaking up the beautiful circular space. Having an additional smaller yurt joined to a main yurt gives you an extra room ideal as a bedroom for children if you are renting your yurts out. This means Mum and Dad can put the kids to bed and sit up enjoying a quiet evening with friends without disturbing the children –  a big seller if you’re on a fixed site.

We have joined yurts as bedrooms, bathrooms, and even built an entire yurt ‘house’, with bathroom, kitchen, two bedrooms and a living room.

Any sized yurt can be joined to any other sized yurt, and can be joined directly or with a corridor

Type and colour of canvas cover

Standard colour is ‘natural’ an unbleached white and has a number of advantages over the coloured canvas. In short the white canvas allows more light to pass through, is cooler in the hot weather and can be easily decorated. The negatives of the white canvas is it does show the dirt, but there are various cleaning products that work extremely well and are canvas and environmentally safe.

The next most popular colour is ‘sand’, a mid brown canvas, and then there is the ‘olive’ canvas. Both the olive and the sand tone the appearance of the yurt down but do make the inside very dark and hot in the sun. The heating can be reduced by the use of insulation and the light can be improved with a white liner and additional windows. Other colours are available to special order subject to a minimum run of 1000 metres – so you need to order a few yurts to achieve this!

The canvas is available in two types – pure cotton and 50/50 polyester cotton. The colours sand and olive are only usually available in polycotton, but olive is occasionally available in pure cotton and we do have the sand made up in cotton if there is a large enough order.

The cotton is softer and easier to handle and ‘seals’ quicker than the polyester cotton. When we make up a canvas cover we pierce it with thousands of little stitch holes. These seal up when the tent has been wetted and then dried but may cause an initial leak. In cotton this happens after one wetting, with polycotton this can take several wettings to achieve. This can be speeded along by painting the seams with Nikwax Cotton Proof to seal them.

The advantage of the polycotton is that it is stronger for its weight than cotton is, so useful in larger yurts.

The cotton is also available in two weights – standard 12oz (393gsm) or 15oz (509gsm). All prices are for standard 12oz canvas which is a good all round canvas. However for longer term use the 15oz is stronger and more durable and less likely to ‘wick’ when used in conjunction with liners. More on this under ‘liners’.

All our canvas is sold with a 3 part proof as standard.  Water resistant proofing, rot inhibitor and fire retardant. The fire retardant is there for your safety and to protect your investment. Non fire retardant  canvas will burn at 3 mph on a dry day, that may not seem very fast but that’s a 6 metre yurt in about 3 minutes!


We can fit various styles of window in your yurt. The simplest is a straightforward clear PVC window material sewn into the canvas. Curtains can be hung on the inside. Any shape or size you like – we’ve done round windows, long rectangular picture windows, heart and moon shapes, and even gothic arches!

Then there is the opening netted window. This has a mosquito net sewn into the canvas, with a zip down outer flap. The flap can be rolled up or pegged out to allow airflow on a wet day without letting in the weather. This flap can be plain canvas or can have a clear PVC section sewn in so that it still works as a window when closed.

The fanciest window is a framed opening timber window. This has a wooden frame and fits into the trellis wall the same as a door, but it has a twin opening window with acrylic glazing.


The addition of a porch makes a real difference to the whole door area and warmth and use of the yurt. Even the simplest porch protects the door area in wet weather and means you can leave the door open if it’s warm and wet and get no rain in (provided it’s not blowing straight into the door). They also help prevent turning the area in front of the door into a quagmire in wet weather. Simple rough timber duckboards are also a big help.

Complete box style porches give you somewhere to store your wet gear and boots, and have a zipped door into them.

All porches are easily fitted and removed with zipped roof attachments, which are angled and shingled to shed the rain.


The beauty of the yurt is the ability to insulate and line the structure to give added colour and warmth.

We offer a number of liner options from simple coloured cotton liners through to full felt liners.

Before talking about the different types of liner I want to go back to the issue mentioned earlier about the ‘wicking’ of canvas. If an absorbent non proofed fabric is against an outer proofed fabric and the inner fabric becomes damp, it will ‘wick’ water straight through the outer layer despite the proofing. This is why it’s important to check your liners regularly particularly in long term poor weather. To help prevent this happening I recommend using the heavier 15oz canvas with liners. Its extra thickness reduces the chance of wicking enormously. I also recommend you re-proof your canvas yearly with a permanently sited yurt, and consider a ‘winter cover’.

Felt Liners are a thick ‘felted’ wool fabric that give amazing insulation and are the traditional covering of yurts in Central Asia. Our felt is British wool and manufactured in the UK using a machine process called needle felting. This gives a beautiful even thickness creamy white wool fabric which we cut and sew to fit each individual yurt. The felt is about 12 – 15mm thick (½ inch) and is very bulky so not for use with a very mobile yurt. I recently fitted some felt to a yurt and with the temperature outside of about – 5 degrees we were snug inside with a temperature of around 23 degrees (wood burner heated). Each liner is made in separate overlapping sections to make it easier to handle.

The felt can be a little fluffy and dusty for some people so we also offer lightweight cotton liners to place inside the felt and keep the wool fibres out (this isn’t a big problem). The cotton liners are available in 30 different colours and we can also offer an organic cotton liner.

Serge liners are a woven wool liner, thinner than the felt (about 2 mm thick) but lighter and more portable than the felt. The serge is available in 22 colours from ‘natural’ through to gorgeous deep blues and crimson. The beauty of the serge, other than the colour, is its portability, so you can take it away with your yurt. It’s mainly used to reduce the light passing through the white canvas but without making the yurt too dark. This can be backed up with modern reflective silverised bubble wrap style building insulation between the serge and the canvas for added insulation with long term sited yurts.

Winter Covers

The good old British winter can really take the toll out of a canvas tent so we have come up with a protective layer for the winter months. Albion Canvas are the only yurt company to offer this innovation (as far as I am aware!). In short the winter cover is a simple one piece lightweight pull over cover. It is a man made fabric dark green in colour and breathable. We make it over large to allow air to circulate between the layers and recommend you check regularly for no build up of damp. The fabric is extremely water resistant and easy to fit – about 10 minutes to put on and 10 to take off, and can be made as a simple bag cover or with access doors. This cover when used correctly will extend the life of you main canvas considerably. Windows can be fitted to line up with existing windows in your yurt.

Wood Burning Stoves

Probably the single greatest selling point and attraction of the yurt is the wood burning stove. To be able to spend time in your yurt whatever the weather with your feet up in front of the fire, a good book and cup of tea (or something stronger!) well it’s hard to beat.

There are all sorts of types and prices of stove available but you need to make sure you get the right size and type for your yurt.

If you are mobile with your yurt you want an efficient but lightweight stove, and our stoves fit the bill. Made by hand locally from new and recycled steel they are relatively light and will stay in overnight (except the mini box and twig stove which are too small to stay in).

In a fixed situation we offer the same quality of stove but with the addition of a brick lining. This makes the stove heavier but more efficient and longer and steadier burning.

The position of the stove in your yurt needs to be considered carefully with regard to the way you intend to use your space.

A centrally placed stove is the simplest, safest and easiest to do. This is because the flue (or chimney) needs to be higher than the yurt to prevent down drafts blowing smoke back into your yurt. With the stove positioned centrally the yurt itself can support that long length of pipe, the heat will be radiated evenly and the stove is the maximum distance away from your frame.

The problem with the centrally placed stove for some people is it breaks up the central space, so they want the stove over to one side. We can do this with a specially angled flue collar to take the flue out through the yurt roof closer to the wall. You will need to either guy the flue out externally or screw the flue to the stove and the stove to the floor slab. This is to prevent the long external section of flue acting as a lever in high winds and pushing the stove over. You will also need a protective backing for the stove to prevent heat damage to your yurt. This can be done simply with a steel plate or fire proof board, which you can then paint or tile decoratively. This will also help reflect heat back into the space.


We can offer two options on carpeting at the moment, either our lightweight jute camping carpets or the heavier coir matting.

The jute is relatively light, folds up easily and is very portable, giving a quick finish to your yurt. The jute can be tucked under the trellis to fix it into place.

The coir is only really for permanent situations, it is heavy bulky and very tough but does look fantastic on the floor, although it can be a little difficult to clean.

Well thats about all for now that I can think of. I hope you find this article useful. If you would like to talk to someone about your yurt plans, do please give us a call on 01364 649101 for advice or to discuss a potential order. No pressure sales, just lots of enthusiasm and knowledge from 15 years of trading and a lifetime of camping.

Glamping & canvas contract manufacture

Yurts ⛺️ by design digitally cut to your specification.

From Concept to Consumer.
"We've got the outdoors sewn-up"
Teepee - Yurt - Bell Tent 


2016: OSS built partnerships with companies in the Glamping industry and as of November 2016, we started supplying winter servicing solutions for yurts, teepee's, bell-tents and more.

2017:  design, digital cutting and manufacture of Glamping canvases.

2017: £4k investment in a new twin needle long arm sewing machine and folding plates to further enhance the quality of work OSS delivers to this sector. We now match the quality of manufacture of the larger players in the market.

OSS Target: supreme quality and competitive pricing for a complete product [design and manufacture].

So why pay someone for design, digital cutting and materials?

Whilst OSS can provide a complete service from design through to product finish, we know price is always at the forefront of a purchase so we strive to do all we can to offer excellent value in the service we provide.

To that end, we enable our clients the facility to design and purchase their own materials and present either cut panels or raw materials to us for onward assembly. This means we only charge you for the work we do without added costs of purchasing your materials with large mark ups. This puts all control of costs back into your hands. OSS is also able to hold stock of your materials on site.

Working with OSS gives you confidence that we stitch and develop your design out of the materials you require leaving you in control of the finished products and your new developments going forward.

Small design changes can be easily dealt with when you are in charge and these can be incorporated into the assembly with minimum fuss and loss of material or time.

Once a design has been agreed, the panels are digitally cut and arrive at OSS for us to stitch your solutions together, no matter what the product you have ordered.


OSS: "We've got the outdoors sewn-up"


Glamping Yurt
First measure Yurt for canvas
Yurt Design
Design specification and panel layout for digital cutting
Digitally cut panels all labeled and ready for sewing
Digitally cut panels all labeled and ready for sewing
Colour matching to your specification.


Modifications, alterations and repairs

Ill fitting canvas, size changes or repairs, OSS will help you find a solution so your yurt looks better next season.

Repair can be done quickly by arrangement so you do not lose revenue through long lead time for repairs.


Ill fitting yurt-door can be altered
Yurt Modifications
Yurt Modifications
Guttering solution
Teepee rip repair
Teepee rip repair
Repaired Teepee
Repaired Teepee


*Servicing - *Inspection - *Alterations - *Parts replacements - *Repair kits - Repair tape - Repair Glue

Camping / Contract Sewing / Glamping / Sailmaking

How to alter and repair awnings

How to alter and repair awnings

written by Nigel Hutson
When you buy a new caravan, you can get your existing awning altered to fit – and get expert awning repairs done at the same time, says Nigel Hutson

Together with a mover, caravan awnings are among the most expensive outdoor accessories you can buy. But for many they’re essential, especially if you have a family and need the extra space.

When you buy a new caravan, however, it’s almost guaranteed that the old awning won’t fit. This creates a dilemma: do you buy a new awning, which can cost several thousand pounds, or pick up a secondhand awning, the condition of which is unknown until you put it up? In either case you’ll then have to try to sell your old awning on, in the hope of recouping some of the cost.

We were faced with this when we changed caravans. We had a three-year-old Isabella awning, but couldn’t justify the cost of a new one. Happily, there is a third option. An email to Isabella confirmed that the firm could enlarge our existing awning to fit the new caravan, at a very reasonable price.

Prices for awning alterations

A reduction in size costs £199 including VAT and carriage, while an enlargement such as ours is £285. When you bear in mind that buying a new Isabella awning as a direct replacement would have set us back a hefty £2332, it looks like something of a bargain. These awning alterations are carried out using the same quality materials as the original, and the same expertise.

Rather than using the collection and delivery service, I decided to visit Isabella’s base in Buckinghamshire to see the alterations being carried out, first-hand. Managing director Steven Biggs was keen to share a little of the history of Isabella, whose parent company is based in Denmark and whose name is derived from the Borgward Isabella car, which went out of production in 1964.

I was then shown the huge warehouse that stocks the various awning models (for both Isabella awnings and sister company Ventura awnings), plus camping furniture, Bolon groundsheets and spare parts.

Step by step

After that it was time to watch our awning go through the alteration process. I was told that there is usually a five- to six-week wait for alterations because the workshop is so busy, with the most frantic time being between Easter and the end of May as the season gets under way.

The first step was to book our awning onto the system and note what modifications were required. In our case, the awning is 1000cm, but our new Lunar Clubman caravan – despite being the same make and model as the old caravan – has an awning length of 1035cm. We had a choice: we could either have it extended to the next recognised size (1025cm), which might make it easier to sell at a later date, or have it made to the correct length of 1035cm.

We opted to have our awning made to fit the new caravan exactly, at 1035cm. One of the benefits of the way that Isabella awning roofs are constructed in sections is that they can be altered in such a way that they look original.

Rather than relying on caravan manufacturers to supply awning lengths, Isabella staff actually measure all new caravans (at shows such as the NEC) so that they know which of their awning sizes is most appropriate. This is all kept on a database that now stretches back a good number of years, and is accessible online. All you have to do is put in the make, model and year of your caravan to search for awnings to fit your caravan.

Under the knife

Once the awning had been checked for its condition, we went into the workshop, where I was introduced to Christine and her colleague Sue, who would be working on our awning.

The first thing Sue did was to remove the D-rings at each end of the base of the awning bead. This was then followed by the removal of the profile (the strip to which the fixing clips attach on the roof ), then the awning bead itself. Next, the stitching on the triangular panel at each end of the roof was unpicked so that it could be taken off. Any reinforcing patches and eyelets from that area are also removed. Because there was a double row of stitching on the roof seam, a strip 1cm wide was cut off so that there wouldn’t be any holes that could either be a weakness or allow any awning leaks when the new panel was sewn in. This 1cm was added to the new insert’s dimensions.

Once the roof section had been removed, a new piece was rolled out (in the same material as the original) and the old part was laid on to form a template. However, the increased measurements were used when it was marked out (adding 18.5cm to each panel). Once these had been cut to size, it was time to start the reassembly.

A special tool feeds the materials into the sewing machine, which puts a double seam into the awning roof join. This adds strength and ensures that it is waterproof. The new panel was sewn to the ‘Harlequin’ section at the end of the roof, before the reinforcing patch at the front corner could be replaced along with a new eyelet (where the support pole attaches).

It was then time to attach a new awning bead of the required length, plus reinforcing tape – as used on the original – which helps to prevent the bead’s tape becoming damaged when it is fed into the awning channel on the side of the caravan. After that, the D-ring at each end was replaced, before a new profile was stitched on.

The final job for Sue and Christine was to fold the awning and replace it in its storage bag, completing a remarkably quick and efficient awning extension process.

Make do and mend your awning

As well as alterations, awning repairs can be made to any panels, along with bespoke additions. For example, while Sue was working on our awning, Steve brought in a customer’s annexe for a curtain to be attached to the trademark Isabella ‘porthole’.

For us, this was a cost-effective way of getting an awning for the new caravan, with the peace of mind that comes with having had it done by the people who made it in the first place. Not only that, but the awning doesn’t look as though it’s been altered at all, and the awning can even be put back to its original size should there be a need in the future.

So before you fork out for a new awning, contact the manufacturer of your existing model to see if they offer the same service, or try one of the many independent companies that offer awning repairs and alterations.


How to alter and repair awnings
How to alter and repair awnings

A big move for Outdoor Sewing Solutions

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Outdoor Sewing Solutions expand again…

Outdoor Sewing Solutions – Sewing up the North

November 1st is a big day for Harrogate based Outdoor Sewing Solutions as the commercial sewing contractor opens its new premises in Kirk Deighton. Martin Miller, founder of OSS tells us more;

Outdoor Sewing Solutions is now 2 years old and the time seems right to expand. We are seeing growth opportunities in our sector, especially in areas such as Glamping and Yurt manufacture/repair. I know the business [OSS] needs to be ready to respond to the demands of our customers as well as accepting new challenges along the way.”

The new premises at Kirk Deighton will allow Outdoor Sewing Solutions to manufacture and repair on a much larger scale, with the total operating space rising from 450sqft to over 2300sqft.

Martin has already grown the business from the back room of his home, to his current property on Harcourt Road and he is clearly excited about the future; “I can’t wait to get my teeth into the new shed (or ‘the pig shed’ as he affectionately calls it), my mind is already buzzing with layouts and ideas for improving our services”

One thing is for certain, Outdoor Sewing Solutions have come a long way in 2 years, establishing themselves as one of the Norths key players in commercial sewing, repair and recreation markets and they are clearly going to be working hard to hold onto that accolade.

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logo under goes facelift

We introduce a new blue Logo for the marine side of the business and modify the look of both Logo's.




Painting Completed

Painting Completed

New premises found in September 2016


New premises found in September 2016

Due to Harcourt Warehouse being knocked down, we started the search for a new premises. This has not gone well with the first premises just lost interest in renting. The second one was perfect in Harrogate, But they found Blue asbestos in the beams of the building and now have to knock that building down. The next one looked promising then the wife changed her mind and did not want to rent the property.

Finally in September after driving around looking for rental properties we found a little sign on the road stating property for rent. We sat in the drive and called the owner for a viewing. Imediatley we new we were onto a winner and three week later we start to prepare the property for November 2016.

Building 10

Woodlands Farm

Kirk Deighton


LS22 4EJ

The plan:
  • 7th-8th October; Jet wash the inside of the building
  • Week of the 9th, Paint outside of building and patch hole on the inside of the building. Fill cement hole also on the inside of building.
  • 15th-16th October; paint inside of building, White.
  • Week 17th of October; start moving in non important items and caravan as office
  • 22nd-23rd October start moving in to Woodlands Farm
The Pig Shed, Outdoor Sewing Solutions
The Pig Shed, Outdoor Sewing Solutions

New corporate clients with new products

Clickfast Services

22nd March 2015

New Larger table takes shape

Most rolls of cloth are between 1.5M and 2M wide.

The new table allows us to have full roles of cloth and jobs that are much bigger and wider.

Bigger table, Bigger jobs

11th May 2015

October 2014

Desk arrives and covers made for machines with new table up and running.

Machine then fitted into the table and varnish applied.

September 2014

We move into The Harcourt Warehouse with 3 machine and not even a table or desk

Celebrating two years in business by moving to The Pig Shed

The Pig Shed, Outdoor Sewing Solutions
The Pig Shed, Outdoor Sewing Solutions

OSS celebrating 2 years in business and a new premises to be ready to move into by 1st November 2016.

So where shall we start? At least we now have windows and should be water tight by the end of the week.

Long term the future looks bright within our current markets and adding the Glamping industry for OSS will bring even more growth.

2016 has seen OSS build partnerships with companies in the Glamping industry and as of November 2016 we will be supplying winter servicing solutions for Yurts, Teepee's, Belltents and more.

New Premises 1st November 2016, 2'300 sqft

Work List:

  • Clean Beams
  • Jet spray all walls
  • Spray paint all walls
  • Paint floor
  • Install caravan in the corner as office, YES.
  • Install table
  • Install racking

Glamping - Yurts, bell tents and more

NEW This year is contract manufacturing.

In order to reduce costs our clients are now able to design and purchase their own materials and free issue either cut panels or raw material to us for assembly. This means we only charge you for the assembly without added costs of Purchasing your materials with large mark ups. This puts all control of costs back into your hands. OSS is also able to hold stock of your materials on site.


Commercial and Industrial Sewing Contractor

Specialising in heavy duty sewn products with a broad range of services across many sectors.

We offer concept design services through to consumer project management and everything in between including: concept consultancy, design, fabric textile specification, prototyping, knife and laser cutting, product fabrication. 

Outdoor Sewing Solutions are currently undertaking work for companies from a wide spectrum of industry sectors mostly involved in the leisure activity sectors such as Caravan accessories, Caravan awning manufactures, Climbing walls manufactures, Marine servicing, Boat building. We have also taken on work for others including The Institute for Outdoor Learning.

The Heavy-duty sewing machines in our workshop allow OSS to handle a massive range of material weights.

The Glamping Show 2016

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The Glamping show 2016 

After two years of trading, OUTDOOR SEWING SOLUTIONS is moving into new premises in November 2016.

Growth from the last two years has come from Caravan Awning and Tent Repairs and from my original trade of Sail making. Along with commercial work from from a verity of industries it has been very difficult to go out and promote our services with such small premises. Till now!

Now with 2’300 SQFT of premises in sight we made the decision to go out and market ourselves while looking at new markets.

One of the growth areas we have had has been with Yurts, Teepee's and Bell-tents or in one word Glamping. We already have Glamping clients with solutions and services of Servicing, Cleaning, Inspection, Alterations, Parts replacements, Repair kits and Repair tape and glues.

Working with our Web developer Independent Rural Media we came up with a marketing plan for the future and first on the list was to visit more show's to discover new opportunities and markets.

The Glamping Show 22nd -24th September

NEC Motorhome & Caravan Show 11th -16th October

The Showman's Show 19th - 20th October


The Glamping show is in it's second year and this year introduced two brand new Glamping industry magazines, new products and mighty fine interiors and furnishings beyond what we are use to at home.

From open fire heated hot tubs to BBQ's that warm up with charcoal in 3 minutes OSS have found new partners and services we might be able to bring to Yorkshire. We already work closely with one Yurt company and with them we are now looking to develop our own bespoke yurt's bringing in our own design, cutting and contract sewing service's.

Much talk was also of the UK economy with the lower pound and many companies are looking at bringing manufacture back to the UK as it is now cost effective and they would have more control of design changes and quality.  

We are talking to many other companies from the show and will looking at what services OSS can offer in the short term while we expand.

Long term the future looks bright within our current markets and adding the Glamping industry for OSS will bring even more growth.

Feel free to contact us with your next project. We will come out and discuss all options to find the right solution for you.

OSS Glamping Page

OSS facebook page

Martin Miller

RS Tera 2016 Northern Travellers Series ends as it began

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And so the 2016 Northern Travellers Series ends as it began. In the Lake District with that Clark Kent effect!

Well sailed to everyone who took part today, some fantastic racing in testing conditions. Well done to winners of the SWSC Open, Thomas Nicholls and Ellie Clark and to series winners Oliver Kent and Ellie Clark.

Beth Miller finished 9th overall with her best result as Derwent Reservoir with a 3rd overall.

Beth next goal is the RS Tera nationals in August 2016.

Pwllheli, North Wales

26/08/2016 – 29/08/2016

UK RS Tera National Championships

Plas Heli Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre


Beth tera

Beth Miller windermere

RS Tera North Squad Training at Ripon Sailing Club
RS Tera North Squad Training at Ripon Sailing Club