Over the years I’ve found boat sewing projects a life saver. On a boat it always seems you’re looking for a custom product that just fits your need.
I’m a foodie, so good food is a staple on the boat, and goes with that is galley wear for both preparing food and serving food. Items that can double as both are great, but sometimes you have pieces that just don’t function as both.
I was gifted a lovely ceramic platter with matching tongs a while back. Ceramic is great, but it means you need the right place to store it so it doesn’t get broken. I do have a mixture of china and plastic on my boat, both are fine, it just comes down to how you store them. I’m admit right now I’m an inshore boater, at some point when we venture offshore I’m sure our galley gear will be a little different and I may not have china on board.
So back to the gifted platter. Wanting to get the platter out of my house and onto the boat, I needed to sew some sort of storage bag so I could safely stow it on my boat without breaking. Looking at my bag of fabric, i realized an old pair of cotton leggings would work great, and reduce the amount of sewing required!
Cutting out a portion of the leg, the platter and the serving utensils fit perfectly within the leg. No necessary, but I wanted to have it so the platter and the utensils were in their own areas. This would make it easier if I just wanted to grab one of them, and it would eliminate the horrible scratching of things sliding around.
This simple boat sewing project was really easy:
- Place your platter and serving utensils over your leggings to determine where to cut the fabric, keeping in mind you want 1/2” for a seam on raw edges, and room at the large side for sewing a pocket for a drawstring.
- Sewing a line across the width of the leggings to create two sections.
- Sew a hem on any raw edges you have. This will entirely depend on what portion of the leggings you’ve used.
- On the wide side, sew an easy pocket for inserting some rope for a drawstring.
- Place your platter and serving utensils in your new bag and add velcro so you can fold up the utensils and have it stay.
- You’re done!
Easy boat sewing project repurposing old leggings! Free fabric and helping to reduce your carbon footprint.
Happy boat sewing!