DIY Sailcloth Tutorial

DIY Sailcloth Tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Today I’m sharing a tutorial for a DIY Sailcloth.  Recently I did a different kind of sewing, something for a reading corner in my kids school room.  (We homeschool, love it, and have lots of information about it on Outnumbered the Podcast.  Here are episodes on Homeschooling 101, Overcoming 7 Main Homeschool Obstacles, How to Start Homeschooling, The Benefits of Homeschooling with Jason Harney, Homeschooling and Adoption with Rachel Kovac.)

DIY Sailcloth Tutorial from Skirt Fixation

It was actually Mr. Skirt Fixation who suggested the sail cloth for over the reading corner.  And since I wanted it RIGHT NOW without trying to find and order the perfectly sized one, I decided to make one myself.  So here’s the DIY sailcloth tutorial if you want to make one too.

DIY Sailcloth Materials:

118” muslin fabric

Sunbrella Bias Binding

DIY Sailcloth Step 1: Do the math

You’re going to create a triangle, but don’t worry, not too much math will be involved!  There will be a 90 degree angle corner on your triangle (where 2 walls meet) which makes it easy.  Simply measure the length of the 2 walls and those are 2 sides of the triangle.  Because one of my dimensions was going to be wider than most fabrics, I chose to use premium muslin that was 118” wide.  

DIY Sailcloth Tutorial from Skirt Fixation

DIY Sailcloth Step 2: Cut the fabric

Measure across the fabric one of your triangle dimensions.  Make a small snip in the fabric.  Measure down one edge of the fabric the other leg of the triangle dimensions.  Make another small snip.  Then use a long straight edge (or a measuring tape) to cut from one snip across the fabric to the other snip.  Easy!

DIY Sailcloth Tutorial from Skirt Fixation

DIY Sailcloth Step 3:  Sew on the bias binding

Beginning NOT at a corner, overlap the bias binding evenly over the top and bottom of one edge of the triangle.  Use a zigzag stitch and continue sewing the bias binding.

DIY Sailcloth Tutorial from Skirt Fixation

DIY Sailcloth Step 4: Make the corner loop

To create the corner loops, follow these steps.  When you reach the end of one side of the triangle, continue sewing along the bias binding off the edge of the triangle fabric.  Continue on about 5 inches (or as long as you want your loop to be.)  

DIY Sailcloth Tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Open up the bias binding ahead of where your needle, and insert the corner of the triangle you sewed off earlier.  

DIY Sailcloth Tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Close the bias binding around the corner and continue zigzag stitching back onto the fabric, but now going along the next side of the triangle.

DIY Sailcloth Tutorial from Skirt Fixation

DIY Sailcloth Step 5: Finish off the end of the bias binding

DIY Sailcloth Tutorial from Skirt Fixation

When you near the beginning of where you started, stop zigzag stitching and cut off the bias binding about 3 inches past where it began.

DIY Sailcloth Tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Fold over about 1 inch of the end of the bias binding. 

DIY Sailcloth Tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Fold the bias binding evenly around the top and bottom of the triangle fabric, overlapping where the bias binding began.

DIY Sailcloth Tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Finish zigzag stitching over the end of the bias binding to complete the sailcloth.

DIY Sailcloth Tutorial from Skirt Fixation

That’s it!  Pretty easy, right?  We used screw in hooks to hang the sailcloth in the reading corner. 

DIY Sailcloth Tutorial from Skirt Fixation

And then we hung up a light string at random intervals under the sailcloth to complete the cozy feeling of the reading corner!

DIY Sailcloth Tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Affiliate links are used in this post to products we use and highly recommend.  If you click on one of our links, we might make a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Thanks for supporting our small sewing business!

Published by skirtfixation

Audrey, a mom of 9, sews and blogs at Skirt Fixation, your home for everything skirt related! There's lots of other sewing goodness too...after all can't leave the boys out of sewing adventures! She also designs and sells pattern through Project Run & Play.

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