Many cruising boats have an adjustable padded seat on board. The Sport-a-Seat is a great one, and West Marine has one as well. We end up sitting in a lot of awkward places (on top of hatches or piles of lines, against railings and other hard objects) and these help make that comfortable. However they […]
Canvaswork is dear to my heart. Awnings, cushions, covers, stack-packs - they challenge both the engineer and the artist within me.
To get started read about Making a Tote Bag or Bunk Pockets.
If you're feeling ambitious look at articles on Awnings or Stack Packs.
Sewing Jerry Jug Covers
Jerry jugs for diesel or gasoline sit on deck on many cruising boats, especially those crossing oceans. However the plastic needs protection from the hot sun so covers are pretty important for long-term longevity. But let me admit I hate doing jerry jug covers. They are fussy with cut-outs and shaped areas for the spouts […]
Bags and Covers and Awnings, Oh My
This week I have been at my mom’s house above San Jose while Jon and Zoë are on the boat. Jon is working on antennas and bilge pumps and radios and other fun tasks; Zoë is helping I’m sure. And I am sewing bags and covers and awnings, oh my! As I glance over the […]
Sewing Notions: Useful Tools
If you’re new to sewing, or haven’t sewed since high school it may be a little bit forbidding to jump into making canvas items for your boat. Probably the last thing you’d be thinking about are the sewing tools you might need – you’re probably focused on techniques. Facebook groups like Sewing on Boats can […]
Two Simple Homemade Hats for a Sailor
Two warm fleece hats that can be made in an hour.
It’s Curtains for You: an Easy, Flexible Design for Any Boat
Curtains and awnings are two great ways to keep heat out of your boat when sailing in the tropics. I have written about designing a awning, but this week I did the first set of curtains for Eurybia. I liked the flexibility of the design of these curtains, and they were quick and easy to […]