How Do You Make a Recycled Sail Bag?

Do you have an old sail that’s no longer seaworthy? Don’t throw it away just yet!

With a little bit of creativity and some basic sewing skills, you can turn that old sail into a stylish and functional bag that’s perfect for carrying all your beach essentials. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to make your very own recycled sail bag.

What You’ll Need

Before we get started, let’s go over the materials you’ll need:

  • An old sail
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Grommets or eyelets (optional)
  • Rope or cord (optional)

Step 1: Cut Your Sail

The first step in making your recycled sail bag is to cut your sail to the desired size. You can use any part of the sail for this project, but we recommend using the main body of the sail for a larger bag or the jib for a smaller one.

Using your scissors, carefully cut out two identical pieces of fabric in the shape of a rectangle or square. The size of your bag will depend on how big you want it to be – just make sure both pieces are the same size.

Step 2: Sew Your Pieces Together

Once you have your two pieces of fabric cut out, it’s time to sew them together. Place the two pieces on top of each other with the right sides facing inward. Using either a sewing machine or needle and thread, sew around three sides of the fabric, leaving one side open.

Pro Tip:

If you want to add grommets or eyelets to your bag for a drawstring closure, now is the time to do it. Simply mark where you want the grommets to go and use a grommet tool to install them.

Step 3: Add Your Handles

Next, you’ll need to add handles to your bag. You can use rope or cord for this step, or you can cut two strips of sail fabric and sew them onto the sides of your bag.

If you’re using rope or cord, simply tie a knot at each end of the rope and thread it through the grommets or eyelets.

Step 4: Finish Your Bag

Finally, it’s time to finish your bag. Turn your bag right side out and give it a good shake to help it take shape. If you want, you can add some extra touches like a sail number or other nautical-inspired decorations.

And there you have it! Your very own recycled sail bag that’s perfect for carrying all your beach essentials. Not only is this project eco-friendly, but it’s also a great way to give new life to an old sail.

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Michael Allen