So on to the Instructable! In the theme of keeping this kayak cheap I have decided to make some accessories for it. The first one being a paddle leash. The kayak already had a bow line with a brass clip on it so I figures I just needed a way to attach the clip to the paddle, that is what I am making here.
So let's talk about what you need to make one of these, here is a list of what I used:
Sewing Machine and Thread
Adhesive backed velcro
Grommet and installation tools
Note in the pictures I am using a walking foot sewing machine, I call it PacMan because of the loud munching noise it makes as it gobbles up material. I am using a Blue V92 Dabond Polyester thread because it is what I had. This project can easily be done with a medium to heavy duty home machine and a spool of heavy poly thread.
The straps, velcro, and grommet set are items I have bought at garage sales over the years so they were very cheap. If you have to buy them Home Depot sells a grommet kit that is not too expensive.
So now let's go to the next step and see how to make this.
Step 1: Getting Started, installing the grommet
Take about a 12" piece of nylon webbing and fold it in half. Mark about 1" back from the fold and sew a line there. This will create a tab in the middle of the strap to install your grommet. See the pictures about how to install the grommet, basically you punch a hole and then "set" the grommet with the die and set.
At this point you will have a strap with a grommet installed on a tab in the middle, now we are ready to start sewing!