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Material for use as stiffener in sunbrella winch handle holder (diy)

After my very successful new mainsail cover project, I want to make a cockpit sheet bag that has a winch handle holder incorporated into it, maybe a beer holder too.

To make the winch handle holder, I need something stiff to sew into the lip so it stays open instead of flopping down. I considered a 1/16"x3/4" strip of aluminum or stainless, but I am concerned that if I step on it accidentally it won'r retain its shape. Plus I feel like usually some sort of plastic is used in these applications...

Any ideas on what to use? (and where to get it)

PS it would look something like this:

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Re: Material for use as stiffener in sunbrella winch handle holder (diy)

You might join the Sailrite forum and post the question. Questions are usually answered quite quickly.

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Re: Material for use as stiffener in sunbrella winch handle holder (diy)

you could use a scrap of laminate sail material. I have done this on a cover where the windows are to keep the fabric stiff so it would not flap against the window plastic. a couple of layers sewn together makes it very still like cardboard but it will give if you lean on it
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Re: Material for use as stiffener in sunbrella winch handle holder (diy)

I've used heavy duty zip ties slipped into the sleeve for the same purpose (but in a different application). They are thin and have the right mix of stiffness and flexibility.
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Re: Material for use as stiffener in sunbrella winch handle holder (diy)

What about using a plastic bottle with the top cut off? Get one thick enough to hold its shape. If it dies it would certainly be cheap to replace.
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Re: Material for use as stiffener in sunbrella winch handle holder (diy)

Any plastics store should stock plastic sheets, or teflon gasket sheet material would do too. Even craft stores may have something appropriate. UV isn't going to be an issue because it's encapsulated in sunbrella.. but cutting up an old bleach bottle/yogurt tub may be your least expensive route.
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Re: Material for use as stiffener in sunbrella winch handle holder (diy)

That's easy. Use some 40 gauge vinyl window material. Will stiffen your bag(no puns please) and you can sew through it with the proper machine and needle. You should be able to get a strip that small as a scrap from a local canvas shop.
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Re: Material for use as stiffener in sunbrella winch handle holder (diy)

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What about using a plastic bottle with the top cut off? Get one thick enough to hold its shape. If it dies it would certainly be cheap to replace.
Good recycle idea.
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Re: Material for use as stiffener in sunbrella winch handle holder (diy)

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Any plastics store should stock plastic sheets, or teflon gasket sheet material would do too. Even craft stores may have something appropriate. UV isn't going to be an issue because it's encapsulated in sunbrella.. but cutting up an old bleach bottle/yogurt tub may be your least expensive route.
Bleach bottle sounds like the right type of plastic how did I not think of that lol

The vinyl and Old laminate sails are a good idea too because you can sew through them, but I don't know if my cheap sewing machine will handle it, I think an insert of some sort is best...
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Re: Material for use as stiffener in sunbrella winch handle holder (diy)

Don't sew through the bleach bottle, sew around it. If you want to be really anal, glue the fabric to the surface, but sew around the outside.
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