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Canvas for Cruisers

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Details of the contents of Canvas for Cruisers

Section One is all about fabrics, notions and tools to get you started.


Fabric - Where to use different fabrics and why, considerations for cleaning, durability and sewing tips specific to each fabric. 


Foam - Types of foam used in marine upholstery and things to consider in terms of its use, durability, care and price. 


Notions and trims – threads, webbings, bindings, zippers. What to use and why. 


Hardware – how to install and what to use including grommets, snaps, buckles and other fasteners 


Tools – what you should have to make the job go easier and achieve professional results. 


Section Two is a detailed description of sewing techniques used throughout the book. 


Seams - how to sew various types of seams so that it lays flat and straight. 


Zippers - How to install zippers. Details of edge finishes, sewing on a curve, sewing zippers on mesh fabrics. 


Piping - How to make and install piping and boltrope. Straight edges, curves and joins. 


Hems – single, double and ‘false’ hems. Hemming corners and curves. Making very strong hems using webbing. 


Patches and reinforcements – recognize where the stresses are on the fabric – whether it be chafe or tension – and how to reinforce these areas. 


Binding edges – as an alternative to hemming, various ways of binding a raw edge for strength and good looks. 


Making patterns – for interior projects (eg. cushions) and exterior (eg. dodgers). What to consider when planning the layout onto the fabric for calculating yardage. 


Section Three - how to make various components used on projects throughout the book. 


Buckle Strap – how to make webbing straps using side release and ladderlock buckles. 


Rollups – how to make straps for rolling up vinyl windows and fabric panels. 


Lettering – three different ways to appliqué letters onto canvas and vinyl. 


Drop Cover – how to make a basic cover with top and sides – round and square. 


Batten Pocket – how to make a batten pocket for a removable batten. 


Section Four – Covers. How to make covers for everything on the boat starting with simple projects and ending with the more complex. 


Shroud/turnbuckle cover – for the turnbuckles at the base of a sailboat’s standing rigging. Fender covers. 


Liferaft Cover – a simple elasticized cover which can be quickly removed. 


Small covers - Compass Cover, two styles of winch covers, flagpole or tiller cover and two types of mast boot covers. 


Larger covers – Wheel cover and deck equipment covers, bbq grill covers, jerry jug covers. 


Wind scoops  and wind diverters – and how to make them rain-proof. 


Window covers – snap-on covers for fixed portlights for shade. 


Hatch covers – three styles of hatch covers 


Handrail and Caprail covers – to protect varnished teak 


Dinghy Covers – two styles – one with drawstring and one with Velcro. Patterning, reinforcing areas prone to chafe, and cut-outs for oarlocks and handholds. 


Outboard Cover – A good looking, padded and tailored cover. 


Dinghy Anchor kit – an ingenious idea for a portable anchoring system for the dinghy. 


Section Five – Exterior Projects – Designing, patterning and making large canvas items. 


Bimini – a very detailed how-to for making a bimini. How to create the pattern, making the fit perfect and installing zippers and viewing windows. 


Side Curtains – how to fit and make shade curtains attached to the bimini 


Dodger – Designing the frame and making the pattern. Sewing the dodger and installing zippers, fasteners and clear vinyl windshield. 


Framed Windows – such as used on catamaran windshields, and how to construct a full enclosure for the cockpit. 


Mainsail covers – Traditional and On-Boom - Measuring for fit, reinforcing chafe and stress areas. Fastenings, how to make slits for lazy jacks.  


Jib Sail covers – sail bags designed to be kept on the foredeck (3 styles), how to put a sacrificial strip on a roller furling jib 


Awnings – how to design and construct a foredeck awning and a main awning with special emphasis on reinforcing the stress areas for a durable awning. 


Boat Storage Cover – a large project for long-term boat storage 


Weather Cloths, jacklines and sail ties. 


Catamaran trampoline – materials, styles, grommeting and lacing. 


Section Six – Cushions 


Differences between interior and exterior cushions, cushion styles and materials to use including foam, fabric, trims, zippers, piping and fasteners 


Pattern making 


Cutting the fabric, cutting the foam 


Construction – Box cushion with piping and zipper, Bull-nose, built-up, bolstered and nipped in cushions.  


Cushion covers for all types and shapes of cushions. 


Section Seven – Interior Projects. This section covers all kinds of practical and fun projects for the interior of the boat. 


Bags – simple open bags for shopping, bags with pockets for tools, drawstring bags. 


Zippered Bags -tote bags, bags that open flat, and bags with extra strong handles 


Sheet bags – mesh bags for holding ropes. Two styles. 


Storage pockets and envelopes - for tools, documents and a strong envelope for storing companionway drop boards. 


Floor Covers – canvas covers for protecting fine flooring finishes and carpet, including fastening methods and how to cover stairs. 


Lee Cloths 


Bedding – fitted bedspreads and quilts, fitted sheets and pillow bolsters 


Curtains – simple curtains with casings, pleated curtains with or without lining. Special things to think about when designing curtains for boats. 


Mosquito screens – materials to use, how to attach to the hatches and companionway. 


Section Eight – Repairs 


General instructions for how to restitch an item without weakening it further 


How to replace clear window vinyl in a dodger 


How to repair an item so it doesn’t need repair again. 


Sail Repair – tools & materials, how to check a sail, restitching by machine and hand, patching and reinforcing.