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Grabrail Covers

Ok, so I'm going to start some light sewing projects to learn some basic lay out rules. Does anyone have some concise instructions for making grabrails covers?? There's 4 of them of my CheoyLee 38.
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I would start with some cardboard templates, you already know the width, and from there it's basic pattern making...lay out, add fold, add sew to lines, etc..
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Thanks Squidd. I have an email into Sailrite. I hear they have a printable version of making rail covers. I am but a novice, so making a template is a good idea alright.
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You don't need a pattern. Lay your sunbrella fabric over the grab rail with one edge just touching the deck all along the length of the rail. Mark the point where the other side just touches the deck on the other side of the grab rail. I add about 3/4" to it, which permits a hem allowance of about 3/8" on each side. Then cut the fabric, making sure it's long enough to extend the whole length of the rail, plus about an extra 3 inches. Then sew the 3/8" hem on both sides of the fabric. Next, lay the fabric over the grab rail, with the hem on the outside. (When you sew the ends of the cover, the cover will be inside out. After the ends are sewn, you'll turn the cover inside out again, and the hems and seams will be hidden inside the finished product.) Then mark the line where the seam will be sewn at each end of the cover. Sew each seam along that line. That's all there is to making the cover.

I use velcro to hold them on the grab rail, and mine held through a hurricane. I sew about a 1" length of velcro in the middle of each loop of the grab rail. When you put on the covers, all you have to do is pinch the fabric at each point. Easy on - easy off!

tip: When you sew the hems, use a zigzag stitch. It will help prevent the cut edges of the fabric from unravelling.

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Thanks, Sailormon6, that's the kind of help I really needed, a brief step by step walk through. Such are the needs of the bright green beginner....
I suppose I'll start with some scrap material too make sure I'm doing the fwd and aft rounded edges right...
Thanks again, and to all who replied. I'll be making sails before ya's know it. Quite sure you'll be able to spot them!!!
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