Three more jerry cans arrived on deck when we were in George Town, Exuma which meant sewing more covers to add to our can cover collection. We like the canvas covers to help reduce the UV deterioration of the jugs which store extra water and fuel on deck.
I decided to try an improved cover design over the initial ones I made which I posted about here. I’m sorry Julie Gifford that I ever doubted you. For the first covers I thought I could bypass one of the steps outlined in Julie's book, Canvas for Cruisers. This time I took her advice and had a much better outcome. One should listen to the professionals. Lesson learned.
The Captain says this is a fairly standard water jug with handles on the top and side Read more [...]
March 2014 - Updated post on Jerry Can Covers here.
I recently made three jerry can covers - two were for the same sized cans for diesel and one for water. The plastic jugs can degrade in the sunlight, so covers are a worthwhile project. I started with Julie Gifford's directions in Canvas for Cruisers. I decided to make a few modifications. She recommends hemming the bottom after sewing the side seam. I decided to just pin it and hem at the end after I added the top.
I didn’t add any darts as Julie recommends as our jerry cans didn’t really need that tight a fitting on the top. I basically made a rectangular top. Adding the top was a bit of a guessing game. Added and pinned and re-pined then closed my eyes and Read more [...]
March 2014 - Updated post on jerry cans here.
Once you've found the best jerry can* to store extra water and fuels, you want to protect them from the sun and elements as they wait their turn to provide us with the reserves they hold. Enter the canvas cover. We'll be making covers for so many things on the boat. This is a good basic project - no zippers or complex patterning. It's an upside down tote bag or box. Sides and a top. Make a plan and think it through before cutting. Disclaimer: I haven't made these myself yet but I've been reading up on them as they are in my near future. This is based on information from Canvas for Cruisers and other references and experience.
You need about 1-2 yards of Sunbrella or similar Read more [...]