The grill on our boat uses propane, the kind in the little 1 lb green Coleman canisters. We have been stowing them in one of our cockpit lazarettes. However, that compartment is not made to hold and properly vent propane gas, which sinks. That means if a canister were to leak, the gas would collect in the lowest point of the boat; the bilge, waiting for an errant spark to ignite it. Not good.
You can purchase a storage bag to hang on the rail of a boat to hold a few propane canisters, allowing any leaked gas to dissipate in the air over the water. Magma (a marine grill vendor) sells one for under $35 which holds 3 canisters. But it only comes in black and royal blue. Nirvana’s canvas is navy blue (Sunbrella marine canvas in the color called Captain Navy). For that reason, and also because I’ve really been wanting to try to sew something made out of sunbrella with my 20+ year old Kenmore 385 sewing machine, I decided to make it instead of buying one.
Lori happened to have an old bag in need of repair that I could use as a pattern, which was really helpful. I ordered a yard of 60″ wide Sunbrella from Amazon, several 110/18 sized sewing machine needles, some size 69 bonded UV-resistant polyester thread, a heavy duty zipper, and some nylon webbing and plastic buckles.
You can’t see them in the above picture, but there is a brass grommet and hole in the middle of the bottom of the bag, under that loop in the strip of webbing that runs along the bottom. It is intended to allow water out of the bag when it’s hanging, if it rains. The loop, I assume, is to tie a downhaul to the bag when it is hanging, so that it doesn’t swing back and forth while you are underway. I decided to make my bag with 3 loops, and 3 grommeted drain holes, one under each loop.
The pattern I made, and some notions.
The first step was to install the brass grommets (which you can’t see in this pic either, but they are under the black webbing running down the middle of the canvas in the picture below). Next step: pin and topstitch the webbing onto the outside of the bag, allowing for loops and buckles to be sewn in as you go.
The next step was to sew the zipper on, and then sew the other two seams. And VOILA!
View of side zipper.
I’m so thrilled that it turned out, AND that my current sewing machine was able to do the job. I will definitely plan a few more boat canvas projects.
*smiling a satisfied smile* 🙂