It seems to me that there are a lot of sailors who out of necessity or creativity are engineering, patterning, and sewing canvas and other materials to create or replace functional and fun items for their boats. Are you one of those sailors? There are great resources on the Internet to help those of us sewing sailors, but I haven’t found a place that collects a broad set of resources in one place especially focused on creating practical canvas items for boating. Nor is there a centralized website that isn’t part of a commercial enterprise to discuss this type of specialty sewing. I’d like to start that place! Let’s collect the helpful resources out there, share tips and information, and encourage more self-reliance when it comes to producing and repairing soft goods on a boat.
Many folks blog or post pictures of their sewing projects which is fun and helpful. I enjoy looking at other projects for ideas and “oh that’s a better way” ideas. It would be helpful to have some of those blogs linked too. If you have pictures or instructions to post, just let me know.
I hope to post about once a week to try to keep things fresh. While I will focus on sailboats, most items would apply to power boats and maybe RVs. I look forward to your input and feedback.
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Annette. I love your blog. Nicely done!
Fantastic Annette, you’re filling a gap! I’m looking forward to following along, and sure I’ll be learning along the way. I’m a “wannabe” seamless sailor, married to a former sailmaker… guess who gets dibs on a sewing machine? 🙂
Great blog idea! I plan on being a sewing sailor and have brought my trusty Pfaff machine on board, no doubt this resource will be of great help.
Thanks, Sarah. Love to have you aboard. I’ve been chained to the machine for the weekend, but I have a few posts coming soon!
OK bloggers……I read something here awhile ago about a very brilliant cruising woman who made her own bed mattress……and now I can’t find it!! I need to do this. I am so sick of trying to find a boat mattress. Does anybody remember the boat or the name of this smart cruiser?
Not sure if this will help…
a couple of strings on SailNet and The Hull Truth
We are looking to make a mattress up with the help of a foam place nearby – layering two types of high density foam to 6″ depth.
I’ll keep my eyes open.
Here’s another good blog post on foam mattresses and cushions -Annette
I am so excited to find this website ! I tried to make boat curtains and they didnt hang right, I looked at your idea with the elastic tabs and I will be redoing MY curtains.
I have also made a bbq grill tool roll up kit that my husband lOVES , it keeps the tools from rusting and by being rolled up is a smaller package to store.
Welcome. Glad you liked the curtain ideas. Feel free to send details on the tool roll. Sounds like a great idea. -Annette