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rgreenberg2000 07-27-2010 05:36 PM

DIY Clover Patch roll
 
I'm not sure if anyone has done or posted about this before, but I had some time to kill, and thought I'd try my hand at making my own Clover Patch style roll for storing my soft top windows when they are out of the Jeep......

Felt = $15
Grommets = $2
Paracord = $1
Success = Priceless!!

I measured my rear window since it is the largest one, added 3 inches to the length and width, and calculated how much felt I was going to need. After a trip to the fabric store (trip down memory lane.....my mom used to sew a lot and I instantly conjured up memories of walking row after row of bolts of fabric with her when I was a kid), I had my raw material. I cut the felt into four equal rectangles, and laid them on top of each other, lining up the "tops" of each panel of felt. Using some grommets that I grabbed from the camping supply place, I fastened the panels together with grommets spaced about 1.5/2" apart. Once everything was securely fastened together, I laced some paracord through the grommets to give it a little more of a finished look, and to possibly provide a little extra support.

Then, just lay in a window on top of each panel, cover with the remaining panel, and roll it up! Voila!! DIY Clover Patch roll.....well, I still have to source or fabricate a storage bag, but I'm most of the way there! I think it turned out pretty ok! :)

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Hope this helps someone else with their window storage!

Rich:cool:

InfernoGirl 07-27-2010 05:42 PM

Very nice! :)

dj_chizzle 07-27-2010 05:53 PM

Very creative - good work!

rgreenberg2000 07-27-2010 06:26 PM

Thanks! Was a fun and easy project, and was nice to have it turn out pretty much the way I envisioned it in my head (of course, it's not that complex of a project......you should have seen the bird houses I made as a kid! Poor birds!) :)

Rich

Spooled 07-27-2010 09:37 PM

Great idea, gonna put this one on my list of projects. Thanks.

monkeee2002 07-27-2010 10:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Spooled (Post 703466)
Great idea, gonna put this one on my list of projects. Thanks.

Ditto:D
Awesome write-up! Thanks!

rgreenberg2000 07-27-2010 11:13 PM

You're welcome! I'll add to the thread if/when I figure out the storage bag part.

Rich

John13 07-28-2010 04:15 PM

looks good, I need something for mine soon.

I'm not sure exactly how long or thick it is when rolled up, but my 1st thought for a storage bag would be to try one of the bags from a bag chair if you have any laying around. Even if it sticks out a little, it may not be too bad, at least until you figure something else out.

JDsDream 07-28-2010 05:33 PM

A tent bag would work as well. One thing though, you might want to use a wider banding on them when tying the roll. The thinner cords could crease your windows. Maybe 1-2" wide velcro or webbing.

rgreenberg2000 07-29-2010 08:47 AM

I've been looking for a bag, but the roll is almost 51" (I didn't want to over trim the felt), so haven't had any luck so far. Thanks for the chair bag and tent bag suggestions, will keep looking.

JDsDream, yeah, the cord I tied that up with was a placeholder.....out of velcro, and haven't had a chance to grab a new roll yet.

Rich

InfernoGirl 07-29-2010 09:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rgreenberg2000 (Post 705153)
I've been looking for a bag, but the roll is almost 51" (I didn't want to over trim the felt), so haven't had any luck so far. Thanks for the chair bag and tent bag suggestions, will keep looking.

JDsDream, yeah, the cord I tied that up with was a placeholder.....out of velcro, and haven't had a chance to grab a new roll yet.

Rich

Go to Autozone and grab a 3' roll of the double sided velcro they have. That stuff has a million uses... No sewing required. I use it on my seatbelts to keep them from flapping. Just be sure to put the soft side in...

If you can't find a bag, let me know, I know someone who can make one for you ;)

Uranus 08-09-2010 03:12 PM

Thanks rgreenberg2000,

I just ran to the fabric store and picked up some felt, but I got grommets that are too small. Do you roll the side windows up sideways? Mine don't want to roll from top to bottom so I rolled them side to side.

fGsltw 08-09-2010 09:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rgreenberg2000 (Post 703571)
You're welcome! I'll add to the thread if/when I figure out the storage bag part.

Rich

just a thought how about a PVC pipe??
you won't have to worry about it getting bent..

Ripnhl2005 08-10-2010 10:36 AM

Very good idea and cheaper than a $75 clover bag!!!!

Do you roll all 3 windows up in this or 3 separate rolls?

Thanks!!!

dirtboy 08-10-2010 03:46 PM

Good job
 
Hey there,

That was a great design it looks fantastic ...I need to make my own to....keep it up.

Ageless Stranger 08-10-2010 03:50 PM

Nice work! :appl: I've been using two soft bath towels to roll mine up in around a large cardboard tube. I like your idea. :)

akoop 08-31-2010 06:35 PM

Plastic Inserts
 
I saw from the original post Jeep profile that he has a 1997, I don't know if they are the same but my 2010 unlimited has hard plastic pieces running on the bottom and the door side. Does anyone know if you can roll these type of windows? Will the plastic go back to being flat after being rolled?

Ripnhl2005 09-01-2010 04:32 AM

Yes the window will unroll and return to being flat. Just put the hard plastic sides on the same side or bottom of the felt bag or whatever you're using and roll it up.

nei10 09-02-2010 12:46 AM

i did the same thing a while back. forget paying $59.99 for this! i ended up using velcro straps to wrap and hold it together.

Nthe8s 09-02-2010 02:34 AM

Just a thought, if you are gonna use the bags for the fold up chairs use two of them. Take one and put it on and tighten then put the other one on the other end and overlap and tighten. This could be a quick and cheap fix until u fiqure something else out.

Ripnhl2005 09-07-2010 06:31 AM

For the person who used felt and grommets, where did you find felt?
I went to ac Moore and michaels and all they had was pre packaged 3'x3 felt squares which aren't big enough for back window.
No clue where to find cut to size felt.

Thanks

Uranus 09-07-2010 09:14 AM

I went to Joane's fabrics, or you might be able to get it from wallmart if they have a fabric section, not all do from what I hear.

Ripnhl2005 09-07-2010 09:30 AM

I'll check out Wally world, thanks!

jcf 09-08-2010 11:49 PM

Home : Shop | Joann.com has it on sale at present, 72" x 10 yard roll for $44.99. I just searched felt & it came up.


Good job rgreenberg2000 I am going to make some for mine, thanks!

CG. 11-03-2010 03:31 PM

Great idea on the homemade version, Rich. Thanks for sharing.

I have a question for those with the newer-style windows with the plastic lip along the bottom edge that fits in the Jeep body. (I don't know exactly when they began making this particular window.) Of course they resist rolling, but everybody has said they roll and unroll just fine.

My question is, how tightly or loosely should they be rolled? Six inch diameter? Smaller? Larger? Anyone? Bueller?

Thanks,
C

nei10 11-04-2010 12:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CG. (Post 856752)
Great idea on the homemade version, Rich. Thanks for sharing.

I have a question for those with the newer-style windows with the plastic lip along the bottom edge that fits in the Jeep body. (I don't know exactly when they began making this particular window.) Of course they resist rolling, but everybody has said they roll and unroll just fine.

My question is, how tightly or loosely should they be rolled? Six inch diameter? Smaller? Larger? Anyone? Bueller?

Thanks,
C

I've got a 2006 TJ (with the plastic lips on the bottom edges) and I can get all three widows rolled up to about 8" or so. It rolls up easily in the warmer weather out here.

Ageless Stranger 11-04-2010 02:03 AM

I roll my side windows long ways on a 4" cardboard tube.

KeeblerKO 11-04-2010 11:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fGsltw (Post 718100)
just a thought how about a PVC pipe??
you won't have to worry about it getting bent..

x2 Great idea!

Put an end cap on one side and a screw on type cap at the other.

Jon M 11-15-2010 02:54 PM

This is a great idea!!! I've actually been looking for the clover patch or best top version but they are expensive for what they are... Anyway, i'm gonna hit the fabric store and try this out. Thanks.

sonofabeach 11-15-2010 09:36 PM

Looks good but laying them flat on the floor and under the bed is too easy for me to do right now, and free. One of these days...............


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