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I like to spend a lot of time outside and particularly enjoy to take long rides in my wheelchair during the summer. The summer sun, particularly on a wheelchair covered in black vinyl material, can get very hot and cause severe sun burns. People would often joke that I needed a convertible roof for my wheelchair so I could be shaded from the sun and protected from the rain. There are things like umbrellas and sun shades that medical companies make for wheelchairs, but like many medical goods, they look like something for some elderly senior in a nursing home. I wanted my wheelchair to look like a hot-rod rather than a mixed-mash of medical gear. Where I live, we also get some fairly strong winds, and nothing was made that would hold up for any length of time.
I got the idea of modifying my back-pack bag on the wheelchair to hold a roof canopy that could be quickly attached to my wheelchair, and when not in use, returned to the bag. Before you begin this project, you must keep in mind that all wheelchairs are not built the same, and every individual in a wheelchair is a different height, and so you may have to modify my design to suit your own needs.
Parts required: Material (Approximately 4 yards)
2 Dowel sticks or metal spreader bars
6 Eye Loops
4 Metal trigger clips
2 metal rods
needle and thread
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