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SVGimmeShelter 10-07-2015 08:55 AM

Canvas Ideas
 
HI Ladies,

Recently I have been getting very into sewing on my boat and have made quite a few projects. I have been having a blast making things according to our needs on the boat, and getting creative with a few sail bags.

I'm wondering if anyone has any patterns they'd like to share?!

Here is one I did recently for a rope bag/cockpit caddy:

How to: Rope Bags or Pockets for your Sailboat | svgimmeshelter

Donna_F 10-07-2015 01:59 PM

Re: Canvas Ideas
 
Great idea for a thread! I think a lot of the guys on the forum do canvas work as well. I know of one who bought a machine and made a padded hatch board holder.

A sewing machine for sail repair/boat projects is still only an item on my list of things to buy.

jmiller248 10-07-2015 02:10 PM

Re: Canvas Ideas
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SVGimmeShelter (Post 3072322)
HI Ladies,

Recently I have been getting very into sewing on my boat and have made quite a few projects. I have been having a blast making things according to our needs on the boat, and getting creative with a few sail bags.

I'm wondering if anyone has any patterns they'd like to share?!

Here is one I did recently for a rope bag/cockpit caddy:

Saw those on your blog earlier. The shower caddy is very nice. Good job!
You make me want to make things for a boat I don't even own yet. :)

Erindipity 10-07-2015 04:26 PM

Re: Canvas Ideas
 
"Ladies" Harrumph!

Mom taught me the basics of sewing early on, and I made my own "Gandalf the Grey" Halloween costume when I was nine years old. This was in 1964, when nobody had a clue as to who "Gandalf the Grey" was...
Dad taught me how to use a Sailor's Palm a couple of years later.
(Yes, putting a needle right through your palm hurts, but pulling that needle out again...)

A few years back, I made a Companionway Canvas out of scrap Sunbrella pieces from the dumpster nearest the nearest Sailmaker, a chunk of Broom, and with a couple of Grommets to hold it up. This sure beats having to put the Boards back in every time I go Walkabout for a few minutes.

Recently, I tackled the Sheets for the Aft Cabin. After a couple of nights getting tangled in some old ones from Home, I figured out a better way.
I bought a couple of Black Cotton Sheets from Target; Queen Size, and on sale for ~$12. You can get Plastic or Brass Grommet kits at Ace Hardware. I chose Brass. (Note: With Synthetic Fabrics, if worried about unraveling or tearing, set the hole with a Soldering Iron. Also, a dab of Soldering Iron at the ends of a small Synthetic Canvas tear can keep it from getting any bigger. Butane powered Irons are cheap.)
I cut and edged the Sheets to the right amount of oversize for the two odd-shaped cushions, and I put grommets in roughly every 12 inches along the edges. To put the sheets on, put down a sheet, flip a cushion on the appropriate Sheet upside down, tug into place, and lace the grommets up. Removal for Washing, (...Washing? Ha!), is the reverse process.
Now, about Black Sheets...
White is simply out of the question on a Boat. Colored Sheets involve Color coordinating, and Shams, and whatnot nonsense. No, Basic Black is the way to go. Plus, if it does get an ugly stain, say Rust, a Permanent Marker takes care of it.

The Settee cushions were next. These were easy- no cutting, sewing, or edging needed. Fold a Black Sheet in half, and put grommets in at the ends, one edge, and along the fold. One Sheet is now two, upper and lower.
The Forepeak I ignored; if anybody wants to sleep up there, they can clean it out themselves, and use a sleeping bag.

The Boat came with good Canvas covers for the Tiller, Grabrails, and Winches. These are cheap and ubiquitous enough that I wouldn't bother making new ones. However, I put a planar HDTV Antenna and WiFi hotspot on the Coachroof right above the Nav Station, so I took an old Winch cover, cut and sewed it to fit, and laced it in place. This may not work out in the long term, even though a Grabrail is just in front of it. However, there is no location within the USB3 Specifications to better place them. (No, you cannot Daisy-Chain USB3 Cables.)

One problem- The Lifting Keel. The Mechanism sits right at the Aft end of the Cabin table, and well... there it is. Putting a Canvas cover over it just draws attention. Inevitably, somebody will lift it to see what is underneath.
Many years ago, Mom got into Baking Bread. One Experiment, an Oatmeal-Potato Soda Bread went particularly badly. It looked like a Suntanned Brain. A clever Guest looked at it, and disappeared into the Basement below.
Just before leaving, he gave it back to Mom. He had painted in a Design with Black Ink, and then he varnished the whole damn thing. When looked at with the right attitude, the Design was quite rude.
That loaf graced our Dining Room table for years, with only the occasional lick of varnish.
If one looks at Beneteaus from my Boat's era, there always seems to be a loaf of bread on the Table in the Advertisements. Hmmm...


http://community.ilovemybeneteau.com...29_600x400.jpg

Now, look again at the Photo above. The Bookshelves. One strong gust, the Boat heels, and whatever is in them gets launched. I'm using Bungee Cords for the time being. The obvious solution is to make up some Lee Cloths, but then nobody can see my ...peculiar... tastes in Literature. Many use netting, but that always tangles in whatever is coming purposefully out.
OK, how about this? Lee Cloths, but with the centers cut out and clear Vinyl stitched in? I've replaced UV browned rear windows in Brit Car convertible tops before. It's not difficult.

Čerindipity

SVGimmeShelter 10-07-2015 04:29 PM

Re: Canvas Ideas
 
How about things that you would make if you could? ...I'm desperate for ideas. :).

SVGimmeShelter 10-07-2015 04:42 PM

Re: Canvas Ideas
 
[QUOTE=Erindipity;3072978]"Ladies" Harrumph!

I like to hear the man's side of sewing. You must have learned to fix everything with grommets like my husband did in boy scouts.

I must say can't argue with what works.

oldlaxer1 10-07-2015 04:49 PM

Re: Canvas Ideas
 
I bought an old Kenmore sewing machine and watched videos and basically taught myself the basics of how to sew. My first project was to put two zippers in the sides of my mainsail cover to make room for the Dutchman flaking system. They certainly aren't perfect but I'm probably the only one who will notice. The canvas shop wanted $165.00 to put them in. Materials were about $20.00 and I paid 90.00 for the sewing machine. I'm planning on tackling a few projects over the winter. I like your line bags. Might be my next rainy day project. Cockpit cushion recover will be the big project this winter but I think the Admiral will actually help with that one!
Cheers!
OL1

Erindipity 10-07-2015 05:26 PM

Re: Canvas Ideas
 
[quote=SVGimmeShelter;3073010]
Quote:

Originally Posted by Erindipity (Post 3072978)
"Ladies" Harrumph!

I like to hear the man's side of sewing. You must have learned to fix everything with grommets like my husband did in boy scouts.

I must say can't argue with what works.

I'm sorry, it's actually my fault for butting in. I just picked this topic up from the Recent Discussions sidebar.
I didn't notice the "herSailNet" designation.
I understand the reason for "herSailNet", and I agree with it.

That said...
I don't use Grommets for everything. I also use Tie-Wraps, Velcro, and Cyanoacrylate Glues. The most delicate Sewing job that I ever did was on what's called a LEED Gradient Mesh. (I used a Microscope, and Gold thread the thickness of a hair. Overhand knots.)
I can sew. I can also Cook. One friend who recently got married mentioned that he finally found the perfect partner- a Caterer. He was spending a kilobuck or so every month just in sit-down Restaurants alone.
Now he lives on leftovers.

OK, I'm out. (I hope that some had a giggle or two.)

Čerindipity

Skipper Jer 10-07-2015 06:31 PM

Re: Canvas Ideas
 
A guy here. Things I've sewn: main and jib from Sailrite kits, jib bag from scratch, main sail cover again from scratch, winch covers, hatch cover, trailer winch cover, grab rail covers, hats. Yes, hats. I have sewn 3 so far, one for me and two for my grandkids. Cushion covers. Hats are pretty easy.

twoshoes 10-07-2015 06:55 PM

Re: Canvas Ideas
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SVGimmeShelter (Post 3072986)
How about things that you would make if you could? ...I'm desperate for ideas. :).

How about a similar stern rail bag big enough to hold 2-4 1lb propane bottles? Cant have them stored down below ya know.


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