Friday night I did some testing of the binding on scraps of canvas and quickly realized I needed a heavy duty machine to complete this project - my regular machine was not going to cut it.
I picked up a Singer 4411 at Joann's (conveniently on sale!) and this bad boy is able to get through the canvas and binding with no problem.
Saturday night I set up shop out in the garage and started working on binding the pockets. I thought I was going to need a binding foot, so I had purchased a couple different ones from Amazon earlier in the week...but it turns out all those American Girl doll clothes I made this winter made me kind of awesome at binding! I did the first piece with the binder foot and it caused the stitches to be way too small and a little uneven, but that's not really the fault of the foot - the binding I'm using is Sunbrella, which is thicker than regular cotton fabric bias tape. So, the foot isn't totally useless, I will likely get some use out of it on other projects; just not this one.
I got the main fore and aft panels sewn together and topstitched (I tried to photograph it, but it's just two giant pieces sewn together and it wasn't too visually interesting). I spent most of Sunday fiddling with the revisions to the garage door screen. I got the fore and aft pockets (which will zip to hold the top to the frame) bound and zippers applied. I'm heading toward the home stretch!