11 Aug 2011

Ship Ahoi

{ Fabric boat for a budding captain - in no time}

I made these little fabric boats for the fair last weekend. They are absolutely easy to make and you can make one in less than an hour. I think they make a perfect gift for a little boy, and can be attached to the buggy with a plastic link, used as a mini cushion or as a rassel if you decide to put a bell inside.You can use up those little pieces of fabric which are two big to throw away, but too small to use in a bigger project.

And here is a quick tutorial of how to make a fabric boat for the little man in your house, or whip up one quickly as a last minute gift.

Start by preparing your pattern. Here is how mine looked like, but you could make it bigger or smaller . My boat is about 25cm high. Use cardboard, it is easier to draw around on the fabric. ( And NO, i have not used my precious Fiscars to cut the cardboard, they just somehow made it on the picture).

You will need five different fabrics and three or four pieces of ribbon. Cut your fabric according to your pattern and press. NOTE: make sure you apply the pattern corectly so that you get two left sails and two right sails. The first time I got 4 left sails.

Machine stitch each pair of sails together.

You should now have two triangles for the sails of each side. Press the seams open.

With right sides facing each other, pin the bottom part of the boat to the sails and machine stitch. Press and it should look like photo 5.

With right sides together, pin and machine stitch.  Do not forget to add your ribbons. See photo 7. Your boat should look like this. Now you are ready to sew.

Start sewing the boat at the bottom. Make sure you leave an opening big enough to turn the ready boat inside out and to fill it in with toy stuffing.

 Fertig ( german for ready), your boat is ready; now you just need to turn it inside out out and press it.

Stuff the boat with toy stuffing and slip stitch the opening. Now you are ready to watch the eyes of that budding captain light up with delight when presented with this little boat.
If you make this project than do come back and post a link in the comments as I would love to see it.

In the next few days I'll have a similar tutorial for a little girl.

Irina xx

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  1. Hi Irina,
    so lovely to find you, this tutorial is great!
    I need all the help I can get with sewing.

    happy day to you ♥

  2. These are so cute, thanks for the tutorial :) me thinks I may try some for my summer house.

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

  3. Cute boats! Thanks fot the tutorial!

  4. They're lovely! Would I have your permission to make some for seeling in a 2 day Christmas market? I'd credit your design, of course...

  5. I really like it ! For my next baby boy or for a friend's baby !

  6. These are too cute!! Thank you so much for linking them up to {nifty thrifty things}! ;)
    Thank you also for your sweet comment on my blog!!

    PS: How long have you been living in Germany? :)

  7. Oh yes, it's easy enough for a beginner like me! Thank you for an inspiration!

  8. This is pretty genius.
    So simple but so great!!
    Thank you for sharing this!

  9. Nice!! I'll try to do it, it seems so easy.. thank you for your tutorial

  10. Thank you for this great little tutorial!

  11. Wonderful ! I try to do it one day.
    Have a nice day
    Steph' from France :)

  12. Thank you so very much. It is sooooo cute!

  13. These are beautiful!! Thank you so very much.


  14. I'll do it and show you, of course.
    Well you Know, I'm following some blogs and I supose you are a follower too and I clicked on your profile,,, That's internet.

    I invite you to see my blog,
    Núria from Spain

  15. Hello Irina,

    I just cut a boat, perhaps I make a second one, sew them tomorrow, I would like to put a link on my blog to show your tutorial, would that be o.k.? See you, bye bye

  16. Bonjour, merci pour ce tuto, j'ai donc réalisé un bateau, si vous voulez le voir il est sur mon blog. Bien amicalement, Marie-Lise

  17. bonsoir,

    merci pour ce joli cadeau parfait pour mes deux neveux qui seront bien contents.


  18. Que fofinho, esse eu vou fazer!!!Obrigada

  19. Lindo, Marion! Adorei. Parabéns!

  20. Hi these are beautiful! I was looking for somewhere on your blog to contact you..but I couldn't find one..I have made one as a gift for a dear little newborn boy..and I was wondering if i could make a few of these to sell on my FB page? they are so sweet!

  21. Thank you for sharing! I made a version of your boat to my baby son :D
    You can see it here

  22. these are just darling! thanks for stopping by "my place" today:)

  23. Hi.
    I've made one of these for my new Grandson.
    I was wondering if you'd mind if I made them (and maybe the Ladybird too) and sold them to raise money for CMV Action (a UK based CMV charity http://cmvaction.org.uk)


  24. A perfect gift for a little boy!!! They are SO cute, Irina! Detailed and easy to follow tutorial, too.

  25. Hi Irina, I've featured your Boat Softie tutorial today...

  26. Love these! Found you via pinterest, I have to make these for our friends new baby. They did a nautical themed nursery so these will be perfect! Thanks.

  27. Great Tutorial!! Wonderfull

  28. Thanks for the tutorial. Here's my version:

  29. Muito lindo, adorei.
    Obrigada pelo tutorial.

  30. Thank you for sharing! I made one for my friend who had a sailboat theme baby shower and it turned out so cute!

  31. I came across this post through Pinterest so I made one last night! So much fun, used left over material from the baby bunting I made for my son's 'Sailboat Themed' room! Looks so cool :) Thanks a bunch!

  32. This is a delightful toy and my grandson will be getting one as soon as possible. thank you so much

  33. Many thanks for sharing! Pictures of my sailboats will be available by the end of the month on my blog under : http://bit.ly/13fNYmJ. I obviously trackbacked your blog and tutorial from there! Thanks again.

    1. Hi, thank you for the making the boats and linking them to the two blogs. They look lovely!

  34. precioso gracias por el tuto

  35. so cute :)


  36. Thank for these wunderfull ship, we hve a boat and i will try to sew somme Ships for our boat
    Frauke of North gemany

  37. Hello,

    I made your ship! Thank you very much for the tutorial! You can see my ship here:


    Greeting Guilitta

  38. I LOVE this little sail boat! I made it, along with some other baby toys and wrote about it on my blog: http://sweetembellishments.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/homemade-baby-toys/
    Thanks for the tutorial!

  39. Hi Irina
    I would love to include some images of these boats in a book I am writing. Can you drop me an email so we can discuss charlotte[dot]rivers[at]mac[dot]com
    Will wait to hear!

  40. Thanks Irina for the great tutorial!

    I made my own version of a sailboat here: http://craftymavericksguild.blogspot.com/2014/02/sew-easy-sailboat.html .



  42. so lovely! as a Welsh Nanny with two grandchildren, this will be a very useful pattern! Scale it up, maybe for cushions or doorstops, and scale it down, maybe for greetings cards? I am imagining some yacht-shaped bunting too! x

  43. Thanks for the cute idea-- I saw it featured on Sew, Mama, Sew! And I made one for my little boy :)

  44. Nice information, valuable and excellent design, as share good stuff with good ideas and concepts, lots of great information and inspiration, both of which I need, thanks to offer such a helpful information here.
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  45. I am HOOKED....thank you for your easy to follow instructions, these little boats are quick and easy to make..great project to use up any fabric remnants lying around...I made 10 today, I just kept sewing..

  46. What a lovely decoration :)

  47. This is so unique! Love the pattern! This will definitely be a hit to little boys! Thank you so much for sharing! It was featured here, by the way: http://www.plushiepatterns.com/ships-ahoy-by-sew-and-the-city/

  48. You have set up a nice website,the stuff is good to read.I appreciate your efforts in making this post.
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  49. Pretty boats i really appreciate your work have you ever ride a real one last year i have great riding experience with Boat Cruise Dubai it is one of the best outdoor adventure in Dubai at very lower cost you may try and i am sure everyone gonna love it.

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  51. I'm a 61 yr old beginner sew-er and I think I can handle this. Thanks!

  52. Love these little boats! I have some rattles so will be making one or two this very afternoon! Thanks so for the inspiration. Love love your presentation photo too - so creative! :o)

  53. Is this something that we have permission to make and sell? They are so cute!

  54. super size it for a throw pillow :-) thank you :-)

  55. Thanks for sharing!
    I used your boat tutorial inspiration for my utensilo (https://luniversum.blogspot.de/2018/01/groes-bettuntensilo-pirat.html).


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