Do-It-Yourself Small Sailboat Canvaswork

Do you have an older sailboat with worn, faded, and stained seat cushions? Did you recently buy a used sailboat and it doesn’t have a mainsail cover or winch covers? Do you want more storage  options on your sailboat for maximum cruising enjoyment? Are you refitting a sailboat and you’d like to outfit it with functional canvas accessories for a fresh look? Do you like to save money?

There are books and videos that can teach you how to sew clothes and home furnishings. There are sailboat restoration books that have one or two canvas projects in them. If you own a daysailer or weekend cruiser and you want to learn the skills to make your own canvas accessories, those aren’t the books for you.

All the Most Popular Canvas Projects in One Place

I’m happy to announce that my latest ebook Do-It-Yourself Small Sailboat Canvaswork is available for purchase starting today. If you like the canvas projects that you’ve read about on The $tingy Sailor for years, then this is the ebook you want. I’ve compiled 9 of the projects together and organized them in one place.

  • Lifeline cushions or tiller cover
  • Snap-on gear bags
  • Cabin and cockpit cushion covers
  • Crib board storage bag
  • Foredeck sail bag
  • Cabin curtains
  • Outboard motor cover
  • Winch covers
  • Mainsail cover

I also include tips on tools and techniques that can help your projects go smoother for better results. And I supplemented many of the projects with my own scale drawings like the one below. Some of the drawings, like those for the cushion covers, are only available in this book.

$tingy Sailor Winch Cover (Custom)

Sewing canvas isn’t a dark art and it’s not just for the ladies. All the projects in this ebook use simple methods and readily available materials. After making a few of the projects in this book, you’ll be ready to take on more advanced canvas projects like a bimini, winter boat cover, or making your own sails.

Save Money and Time

If you’ve avoided working with canvas because you couldn’t find patterns or you want an easy to understand guide, then this ebook is for you. You’ll get 60 pages of useful, proven, tips, photos, and 15 drawings to do each project yourself. And not only that, but how you can save money doing them.

Whether you want to add some functional canvas upgrades or give your sailboat a bright, fresh look, this ebook will show you how. You’ll save time because I’ve done all the measuring, calculating, and planning for you. You can start cutting and sewing right away.

This ebook is one PDF file that you can download immediately after completing your purchase with no waiting for delivery. You can start reading it on any device with free Adobe Reader or other software that is compatible with Portable Document Format (PDF) files. That’s practically every PC, Mac, notebook, tablet, and smartphone. If you still like to read paper, you can print it out on your home printer or at many office supply stores, who can also bind it neatly for you.

You’ll get all this for only $20 USD payable by credit card or PayPal.  That’s only $2.22 per project! There are no shipping, handling, or additional costs. Your financial support will help to keep this web site free for everyone to enjoy. I’m so confident that you’ll enjoy your sailboat more and save money with this ebook that, if after 60 days you’re not satisfied, I will give you a full refund.

After your payment has been accepted, do not close the browser window right away. Wait until you are automatically redirected to a page that contains a link where you can download your copy. The ebook will open in your browser where you can save a copy on your device or print it.

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Slartibartfass says:

    Talk about timing. Just bought a Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1 to be able to restich my sails due to thread deterioration and am already looking forward to other sewing projects. Sailing and sewing seem to go hand in hand…..

    1. Nice machine, there. I’m jealous!

      1. Slartibartfass says:

        Unfortunately my wife had sold her Singer a few years ago. Otherwise I would have tried that one first….

      2. I’m curious about clones like this one. Have you checked them out?

      3. Slartibartfass says:

        Based on some online research and YouTube videos there seem to be a big difference in quality of the internal components and I like to support US companies even if they are more expensive. And don’t forget customer service and support. Sailrite does a marvelous job…..

  2. Jc says:

    Received a Necchi HD as a gift. While i wish it were a Sailrite machine but it works great with sunbrella, canvass and soft leather.
    Looking forward to making new cushions for my 81′ Catalina 22.
    Stingy,, my son is ordering your ebook for me as a gift as well as the material to do the cushions. A definite work in progress! ⛵Bush’man

    1. You must have raised him well. Good luck with the cushions and let me know if I can answer any questions for you.


  3. Mike Chrostowski says:

    I noticed your cushions were for a pre-86 Catalina 22. Will this ebook be helpful with redoing my cushions on a 1986 new design Catalina 22?

    1. Hello, Mike

      If you only want to make new covers for your existing cushions and you can use those cushions as patterns, then this book will give you step-by-step instructions on how to do that. If you are missing cushions and want to make replacements, then the drawings in this book won’t provide the correct dimensions for you.


      1. Jeffrey clark JC says:

        Hello $tingy,
        This is JC from 2017 and my Catalina22
        Long story short is I sold my boat after my brand new Tohatsu, spare sails and yes my cushions were stolen. So I am now heading back to the mountains and getting into tent making.
        For all the DIY folks I can’t say enough about Sailrite and their crew. They are what customer service used to be. Their incredibly well done and how to videos can not be beat. While I don’t have one of their machines my Necchi does me just fine . And Thankyou $tingy for your invaluable tips suggestions and directions. You made it so much easier and better in my Catalina restoration.
        Jeff ‘JC’

      2. Hi, JC

        Wow! I’m sorry to hear of your loss. I’ve heard of owners getting their outboard stolen but never sails and cushions. They might as well have stolen your whole boat! I hope you got a fair insurance settlement for them. The thief was obviously a C-22 owner or knew one and they’ve tarnished the reputation of C-22 owners as some of the nicest and most honest people I’ve ever met.

        I wish you the best of success in your new venture. Lock up your Necchi!

  4. Aircamperace says:

    What kind of sewing machine do I need?

    1. You can do most projects with the average home sewing machine. If you plan to do many projects or advanced projects like cushions and sails, consider purchasing a walking foot sewing machine, which will make those projects much easier and produce better results.

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