I made a sailboat last week.
Out of a branch and a twig,
and a couple of eyelet screws.
Quick and easy and sort of cute, if I may say so myself!
In a nutshell:
- I sawed a dead branch from our brush pile into a section roughly 16″ long. If there’s one thing I have an abundance of around here, it’s dead tree branches
- I cut a twig to about 17″ long
- Drilled a hole in the middle of the larger branch section
- Hot glued the twig into the hole
- Cut my fabric into a scalene triangle (I’ll save you from running to find your geometry books – it’s three different sized sides)
- Screwed the 2 eyelet screws into each end of the branch
- Sewed one end of the the triangles onto the eyelet screws
- Sewed the opposite bottom of the triangles onto the mast (aka twig in the middle)
- Sewed the top of the triangles to the top of the twig
- Then I cut out a double sided triangle to use as a top flag and hot glued it to the top
Took about 15 minutes. Most of the time was me trying to get the stupid needle threaded.
I really need to get some new eyes. Or wear my glasses.
Now, I’m a long way from the beach, so I used tree branches instead of driftwood, but I think it turned out OK.
You gotta work with what you’ve got! And here in the Midwest, we’ve got branches.