|Left: Hatch cover #6. Right: Hatch cover #1|
OK, so a lot of the big projects have been completed by my hero, my Captain, oh Captain. However, I'm also slowly learning the machine and between the two of us, we're dangerous. I'm a slow, contemplative artist. The Captain plows in and gets it done--it ain't pretty, but it's functional.
If you'd told me two years ago I would be writing a blog about sewing, I would have rolled on the floor laughing! However, I'm sure a few of my Aunt's (and probably my Mom, by look of me in a childhood pic sporting a denim jumpsuit that, hopefully, was homemade) would be proud. Actually, this blog is for my sister, who used to specialized in upholstering antique furniture. I used to explain away my lack of home decorating skills as, "My sister got all that." So here's one dedicated to my sis (who was impressed with our new toy) and those Aunt's who gave me handmade pillows that I didn't fully appreciate at the time:
|Our newest power tool, a Sailrite LSZ-1|
Here's a pic of step 1. I still scratch my head while I'm doing this, so I can't believe this made any sense the first time.
|Hatch cover step 1|
|I ventured off on my own when it came to the corners|
|My favorite tote bag & sewing project|
I also relied heavily on the Don Casey book, "Canvaswork and Sail Repair." Again, I couldn't start at the beginning! My first project is the One-Piece Tote Bag. It's a 12x12 bottom, but I made it slightly taller (14") with a longer handle (14" drop). It's one piece of canvas with box corners and one continuous piece of webbing for the handle (The Captain's fav part). This is now my primary "tote-laundry-to-the-laundry-room-on-the-bicycle" bag. I love it. I've tried to improve on this design, but the first is still the best. I'm still scouring Lands End, Sailor Bags and Pinterest for ideas.
I finally got around to the envelope pillows. I used this basic pattern, but measured for center instead of eyeballing and pinning: acuriouslychiclife diy-pillowcase
|Outdoor pillow forms with Sunbrella outdoor fabric|
At this point, the Captain was hogging the sewing machine most of the day for the dodger, so I did quick projects in the evening. Another Don Casey project is bolster pillows that can be stuffed with all the stuff you don't have room to store on a boat: spare sheets, blankets, winter sweatshirts... I dreamt of the guest berth covered in pillows. I made at least 3 of these from blue canvas. (We're gonna need an inventory list. I've already been informed, "I wanted a blanket, but I didn't know which bolster it was in...")
|Small lumbar bolster that hides a queen-size fleece blanket|
|The "over the top" bolster that holds a sleeping bag.|
I found myself without a project and some scrap fabric, so I made a rag bag to replace the plastic grocery bag. It's from the Don Casey pattern, "Two-piece duffel bag"--which was the project before bolsters. Can't. follow. directions.
|Rag bag, because boat's are dirty!|
|First Mate's Book Pillow full-o-sheets|
My latest and first original creation: an iPad messenger bag. Surprisingly, I needed this. I have a small purse/shoulder bag that holds my kindle and a computer bag but nothing mid-size. After quite a bit of Pinterest browsing, I found everything was multiple pieces sewn together. This is one-piece, similar to the one-piece tote. It's leftover outdoor fabric that didn't become a pillow and lined/stiffened with leftover canvas. It's supposed to have a velcro closure, but that should have been sewn on first :-(
|An Odin original design|
You can keep up with my project ideas on my Pinterest page or YouTube playlist:
Odin Sewing on Pinterest
YouTube Odin Sewing
Don't worry. The Captain is taking boat things apart as we speak. Boat projects will follow...