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Making a burgee cover for your boat

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A burgee cover is a simple project that can dress up your boat with minimal effort or expense.  This burgee is hanging out in the wind and getting beat up by the sun and wind.  A cover will keep it pretty to show at the beach or club.

I made it at TechShop, with their state of the art equipment.  You can think of TechShop like a fitness club, but with tools and equipment instead of exercise equipment. It is sort of like a Kinko's for makers, or a Xerox PARC for the rest of us.

Their website is techShop.ws

 
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Step 1: Sizing

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Our finished cover is going to be 16" long with a finished diameter of 3".

Here I'm using SeaSprae, a light weight polyester fabric.  It shows marks and stitches well, but it not the fabric I'd use to build a burgee cover.  Normally, I'd use Sunbrella, but it's harder to photograph.

Ordinarily, I would not make all these marks on the material.  It works well here to show what I'm doing, as well as to show the inside vs the outside.  All marks here on the on the inside.

Step 2: A bit of math gives us cut sizes

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The finished length is 16", and we will have a 1/2" seam allowance at each end.  16 + 1/2 + 1/2 = 17"  long.

The finished diameter is 3", times 3.14 = 9 1/2", plus a 1/2" seam allowance on each edge = 9 1/2 + 1/2 + 1/2 = 10 1/2" wide.

Step 3: Layout

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Using a square, lay out the cut lines.

Step 4: Cut

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Cut out the piece.  It's good to cut inside the lines, but not needed.

Step 5: Fold the bottom edge

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We are going to hem the bottom (open end) of the burgee cover 1/2". 

Fold the bottom edge 1/2"  "inside to inside" and staple or pin into place.  Creasing the fold will make things a bit easier to sew, but I didn't crease it.

Step 6: To the Sewing machine!

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Step 7: Starting to sew

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First, sew near the fold.  DON'T sew over the staples.  Alongside is OK, or remove the staples when they are just in front of the presser foot.