Introduction: Folded Schooner Tub Stopper

Tub and sink stoppers can be pretty standard, but with a few items and a little work, bath time can be loads more fun!

Step 1: You'll Need. . .

  • 7" x 9" piece of vinyl cloth or something similar - you'll want something fairly heavy and waterproof (fabric made from fused plastic bags or duct tape would likely work well if you didn't want to purchase other fabric)
  • A small grommet and a grommet tool
  • A tub or sink stopper
  • A length of thin chain approximately as deep as your tub to the point at which you'd fill it for a bath - 10" or so should be more than enough
  • A sewing machine (you could sew it by hand, but a sewing machine speeds up the process and ensures a strong stitch)
  • Pliers (optional but suggested - I used needle nosed)
  • Hole punch or leather punch (optional but suggested - I used a leather punch that came with my grommet tool)
  • 2 pennies (or other small thin weights) and waterproof glue (optional - I didn't use weights but you could to ensure that the bottom of the boat stays down in the water)

Step 2: Fold It Up and Sail Away

  1. If using weights, apply a small drop of glue and affix the pennies to the bottom side of each of the short ends of the fabric
  2. With your fabric in front of you vertically so that the pennies are against the table, fold the top half down
  3. Fold in the top corners to the center
  4. Fold the flaps on the front and back of the bottom up
  5. Open the triangle that results and flatten it to form a diamond shape
  6. Fold the lower triangle of the front and back up to meet the top corner
  7. Insert your thumbs into the pocket that is created at the base of this triangle and open it, flattening it down into a diamond shape
  8. Holding the center inner triangle, pull the sides down to form your finished boat
  9. Pin and sew the sides of the boat to ensure the whole thing holds together
This video (in addition to the photos) should help to illustrate the folding process - there are also these great instructions on the folding technique:

Step 3: Grommet and Plug

  1. Using your grommet tool, install a grommet near the one edge of the boat
  2. Affix the chain to the boat through the grommet hole
  3. Attach the other end of the chain to the tub stopper
  4. Fill up your tub, add some bubbles, and enjoy your awesome new schooner!

Comments

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mischka made it! (author)2011-09-21

Great Idea. I love it!

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-09-21

Thanks! Make sure to also check out the Duct Duck :)

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lpobiak made it! (author)2011-09-12

oh, how neat! and I love the idea for the duck! :-) you always have such fun instructables!!

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-09-14

Here's the Duct Duck :)

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-09-12

Thanks so much! Hopefully it will go well and I'll have it posted ASAP :)

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lieva made it! (author)2011-09-12

make a duck next :)

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-09-14

Without further ado - I'm pleased to present the Duct Duck :)

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-09-12

You read my mind! A duck is in the works and if everything goes alright should be posted in a couple days :)

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plugable made it! (author)2011-09-14

I saw the same idea at MoMA NY the last winter. Cool, anyway.

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-09-14

So cute! I wish I had a way to print on the vinyl!

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mikeasaurus made it! (author)2011-09-11

What a clever and fun idea!

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-09-12

Thanks so much!

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