And you all thought Mark did all the boat projects! I’ve got a doozy ahead of me. Sixteen yards of sunbrella fabric arrived today. I’m making slip covers for the main saloon (the main cabin of the boat). The slip covers will help brighten Estelle’s interior somewhat and protect the upholstery from salt water and dirt.
Sailing friends Dave and Sarah lent me their pre-sailrite heavy duty sewing machine to get the job done. Thanks Dave and Sarah! Now I just need your chocolate mousse recipe…
Uber seamstress, sister Christin, showed me how to make a simple box corner for an “envelope” style slip-cover. It’s easy! Basically you sew two pieces of fabric together to make a sack for the cushion. At the front corners, you sew a diagonal seam through top and bottom to accommodate the cushion’s depth. Lastly, on the back side, I simply made a fold–like I would to gift wrap a present in a box–but instead of tape I sewed velcro onto the fabric to seal my slipcover “box” closed.
We met in college, fell in love sailing, have been married 30 years, have two wonderful adult children, and are currently on board Estelle, our Hallberg Rassy 39 sailboat, crossing adventures off of our bucket list.
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