Have you seen or heard about Geobella fabrics yet? We’re pretty excited about the possibilities of this fabric line. Geobella is made from 100% olefin yarns, which is known for having a wool-like feel. It’s a great choice for both inside and outside your home or inside your boat cabin. Today we’re sharing a few of Geobella’s best traits, so you can see the possibilities of this fabric, too.

Geobella is Green

What is Geobella Fabric?

The name Geobella breaks down into two parts: “geo” meaning “earth” and “bella” meaning “beautiful.” That’s a great summation of what the makers of Geobella set out to do—create an eco-friendly fabric that’s also stylish. Geobella fabric is made from 100% recyclable yarns. In fact, olefin fibers, the material Geobella is made from, can be recycled up to 10 times! Olefin is a synthetic (man-made) fiber, but the process of making it is greener than other synthetic fibers. Extruding olefin creates virtually no by-product, resulting in very little waste.

Geobella is Durable

What is Geobella Fabric?

Geobella fabric are extremely durable, both for use outside and inside your home. All Geobella fabrics are solution-dyed so they are incredibly colorfast down to their core. These fabrics are great for use near water like in boat cabins or pool areas because they are moisture wicking and quick drying. In addition, Geobella is resistant to bacteria, mold, mildew and odors.

Geobella is also great for interior upholstery, especially for families with kids or pets. While Geobella has a rougher hand than most other upholstery fabrics, the tradeoff is its long-wearing durability. This fabric, as Matt Grant likes to say, “wears like iron.” Pet’s claws won’t easily tear the fibers of this fabric and spills clean up easily. In fact, you can clean Geobella with a 50/50 bleach and water solution and it won’t harm the fabric.

Geobella is Stylish

What is Geobella Fabric?

Geobella fabrics are manufactured by the makers of Phifertex and Phifertex Plus and as such are an excellent compliment to those lines of fabric. Pairing Geobella pillows with Phifertex Plus sling chairs makes a really stylish poolside or patio set-up. For inside your home, Geobella’s predominantly neutral color scheme makes it easy to pair with other décor, so it can fit seamlessly into your existing décor.

Geobella is Versatile

What is Geobella Fabric?

We recommend Geobella fabrics for boat interiors, outdoor cushions and patio furniture as well as cushions and upholstery in high-traffic areas of your home. Here are just a few projects we think would look great with Geobella fabrics.

5 Great Projects to Make with Geobella Fabrics:

Give Geobella a try for yourself! Sailrite carries Geobella Fabric in over 60 patterns and colorways.

Have you ever sewn with Geobella? Share your experiences with this fabric line in the comments below.

How to Reupholster a Truck Seat

Whether you restore cars as a hobby or if you just have need for new seats in your vehicle, we’ve got a great tutorial for you. The seats in pickup trucks often take a beating. Trucks are used hard and if it’s a work vehicle, especially, your truck seats see a lot of in and out and wear and tear. We’re going to show you how you can sew your own seat covers for a truck.

The seats in this 1976 Ford F350 had seen so much use they were disintegrating. To recreate the seat covers, we removed the entire seat from the truck and removed the cover. We patterned our new cover from what remained of the original.

Just like before, we used a vinyl fabric for the edges of the seat and recreated a channeled fabric for the center of the seat. For the vinyl edges we used Naugahyde Universal in Regimental Blue and for the channeling we sewed Sunbrella Sling fabric to a 3/4” Polyurethane sew foam. In the video, we walk you through step-by-step how to measure the fabric and sew the channeling for a perfect fit.

In the video, we only outline how to do the seat of the truck, but you’ll notice in the finished shots that we reupholstered the seat backs to match as well. Making the seat backs follows all the same principles as the seats and you can use the existing fabric to pattern the seat backs as well.

Materials List:

You can see in the video that with the sew foam, vinyl fabric and piping that the assemblies being sewn for automotive upholstery like this can be very thick. You’ll need a heavy-duty sewing machine like the Sailrite Ultrafeed or the Sailrite 111 to complete a project like this.

You can find all the materials needed to complete this project at Sailrite.com.

Yesterday was the first official day of Fall and as the seasons change so do your DIY project needs. Whether autumn means taking your boat out of the water or turning your sewing efforts inside your home instead of out, we’ve rounded up ten of our favorites projects that are perfect for Fall.

10 Fall Project Ideas

Trailer Bunk Carpet


For boaters in colder climates, fall unfortunately means taking your boats out of the water. Before pulling your boat onto the trailer be sure the trailer carpet is in good shape. If it needs to be replaced, this post will show you just what fabric to use and how secure it.

Winterize Your Sailboat


This isn’t a sewing project necessarily, but it does need to be done. When preparing for colder temps, don’t miss our winter checklist. Remember, the better your boat is put away, the quicker you’ll be on the water next spring!

Replace Worn Out Snaps


This is just a small task more than a project, but when you’re packing away your boat canvas for the season, it’s a great opportunity to replace any worn out snap fasteners that aren’t holding the way they used to. This quick, 3-step process will be worth the time to fix.

Make a Stadium Cushion


Fall is football season and if you’re heading out to a game, why not sew up a stadium cushion to take with you? Stadium seats are uncomfortable and this great beginner project will be a welcome companion.

Make Patio Furniture Covers


Nice quality patio furniture can be an investment. To be sure your patio set looks nice season after season, you can sew up custom covers to perfectly fit your pieces and protect them from bird droppings, insects and harsh winter weather.

Make a Grill Cover


Grill covers from big box stores can be really flimsy. If you want to keep your grill protected from the elements, you can make your own custom grill cover that fits like a glove and will last for years to come.

Make a Full Boat Cover


Keep your boat fully covered when mooring, trailering and storing with a great fitting custom cover. Whether you have a sailboat, powerboat or pontoon boat we have full boat cover tutorials for you.

Recover a Lamp Shade


As the weather cools, you might want to turn your DIY efforts towards the interior of your home. Start refreshing your space with simple updates like recovering a lamp shade with fabric. This is an easy, no-sew project that you can complete in just an hour!

Make a Table Runner


Get a jumpstart on preparing for holiday entertaining by making new, festive table runners. This is a great project for beginners and will bring a lot of color and personality to your dining room.

Recover Your Salon Cushions


Fall is a perfect time to do big boat sewing projects. Bring your cushions home for the off-season and pattern all new salon cushions for your cabin. We’ve got a great video to help you along the way!

You can find all the materials needed to complete these project (and more!) at Sailrite.com.

What projects are on your to-do list this autumn? Tell us your plans in the comments!

How to Reupholster a Channel Back Chair

Do you have a chair with a channeled back like this one? It may look tricky to reupholster, but if you take your time assembling back of the chair even a DIY-er can get a professional looking result. We’re carefully breaking down the steps we used to reupholster this simple channel back chair in our latest video so you can revive great chairs like this for your own home.

We loved the lines of this chair, but the yellow velvet fabric was looking dinghy and very worn making this chair the perfect candidate for new upholstery. For the new fabric, we chose a small-scale stripe fabric, P/Kaufmann Early Bird Stripe Sunshine. This fabric’s pattern fit with the scale of the chair and it has 51,000 double rubs making it a really durable choice for upholstery.

This project features new upholstery skills for beginners learning along with us. As Cindi (our upholsterer) took the chair apart she had to fix the webbing under the seat to better keep the springs contained. In the video she also walks you through the process of creating and stuffing the channeled inside back and shows you how to use Flexible Metal Tack Strip to get a clean, curved edge on the chair’s outside back.

Materials List:

Many of the tools featured in the video are included in our new Upholstery Tool Kit. This kit is perfect for beginner upholsterers to be fully stocked. You can find this kit along with other upholstery tools, notions and hundreds of fabrics at Sailrite.com.

Do you have a specific type of chair you’d like to see us reupholster? Leave us a comment with your suggestions!

Surlast is one of our most popular fabrics. This solution dyed-polyester is great for a variety of cover applications from boat covers to patio furniture covers. It has a urethane coating on one side of the fabric that provides added stability, minimizes shrinking and stretching, and increases water and mildew resistance. The coated side should be the inside of the fabric when used in an application, but sometimes it can be really hard to tell the difference between the coated and uncoated sides. In fact, this is actually one of our most frequently asked questions!


We made a quick video to show you an easy, fool-proof trick for determining which side is the inside, coated side and which is the outside, uncoated side. Ready for our tip? Sprinkle water on the fabric! The outside of the fabric will cause the water to bead up on the fabric’s surface while the inside will soak in the water more, just like in the photo above. This trick works on all Surlast fabrics, no matter the color.

If you have older Surlast that has been out in the weather for a while you can restore this water resistance with 303 Fabric Guard.  This easy to apply spray will make the top of your fabric repel water so it beads up and runs off your cover again. The video will also show you what a great job this product does at restoring water resistance. We recommend treating your Surlast whenever you notice water not beading and after each time the fabric is washed.

See these tips in action in the video below.

Learn more about Surlast fabric and if it would be right for your next cover project at Sailrite.com.

Is this something you struggled with before? How did you figure out which side was which? Share your experiences in the comments!


We’re really excited to share today’s project with you because it features a brand new product we think you’re going to like. The floor covering on your boat sees a fair amount of water and traffic. Traditional boat carpeting can hold water and start to smell over time. Today we’re going to show you how to switch out that old carpeting for a hard-wearing, modern looking woven flooring.

How to Replace Boat Carpet with Woven Flooring

We replaced the carpeting on our Project Powerboat, a Maxum 2900 SCR, with a woven flooring from Chilewich. Chilewich Floor Covering is an innovative blend of vinyl and fiberglass woven into beautiful designs and then secured to a polyurethane foam backing. The material cuts without fraying and is easy to work with and install. Plus it’s stain, mold and mildew resistant as well as anti-static and moisture proof. Clean it off with just a spray of the hose! Chilewich is a little more expensive than competing woven flooring options, but we really like it because it is a nicer weave and more dimensionally stable.

How to Replace Boat Carpet with Woven Flooring

In our video, we’ll show you how to pattern and cut Chilewich for boat flooring. We also will demonstrate two different ways to finish the edges. For our boat project we opted to sew Sunbrella Acrylic Binding to the edges of the Chilewich but you can also fold the edges under to create a hem, or leave the edges raw (the material won’t fray). It’s all up to which look you prefer.

Materials List:

Featured Tools:

How to Replace Boat Carpet with Woven Flooring

You can find all the tools and materials needed to replace your boat carpeting with woven flooring at Sailrite.com.

What do you think of Chilewich Floor Covering? Would you use it on your boat? Share your opinions with us in the comments!

Sailrite is proud to sponsor the DIY efforts of Eben and Genevieve Stolz, the dynamic duo behind the cruising blog It’s a Necessity.

Eben and Genevieve Stolz know the DIY lifestyle. A few years ago, in order to maintain their cruising lifestyle with their two daughters, Arias and Ellia, the couple needed a bigger boat. They found that boat, S/V Necesse (a 41-foot Morgan Classic and a total fixer-upper) in Georgetown, Bahamas and sailed her back to Miami, Florida for a re-fit.

DIY Aboard S/V Necesse

The whole family: Eben, Genevieve, Arias & Ellia

They spent two years of hard work redoing nearly the entire interior before they set sail again. Now this hard-working cruising family is back at their boat projects while waiting out hurricane season in the Virgin Islands. I recently got the chance to talk with Eben about his latest DIY projects and his experience as a DIY sailor.

One of the recent and biggest projects Eben took on for their boat was building a dodger. The dodger project was one Eben had been mulling over in his mind for years before he set to work.

“I bought Strataglass and Sunbrella fabric from [Sailrite] like three years ago and did my bimini,” he said.

Eben had always planned on making a matching dodger, but without a template to follow for the project, he decided to wait and think the project through more before starting.

“I sit and look at things for a while,” Eben said.

He recently got the push he needed to finally start on his dodger when a fellow cruiser lent him old VHS tapes outlining how to build a dodger. The video didn’t do things exactly the way Eben wanted for his boat, but it gave him a good starting point. So he pulled out his materials from storage and set to work bending and building the frame.

DIY Aboard S/V Necesse

Eben uses his Edge Hotknife to cut Sunbrella for the dodger

After bending all the tubing by hand on his boat, Eben installed the dodger frame. Then he used the frame to template the fabric panels. Friends of his had offered him their office space to sew in, so he took his templates and fabrics to land to sew it all together.

In the office, Eben laid painters drop cloths on the floor to keep his Strataglass from scratching during fabrication. Then he patterned and basted all the pieces together and started sewing on his Ultrafeed LSZ-1 Sewing Machine.

“I was a little worried about sewing the 40 Gauge Strataglass,” he admits. “I didn’t know if the machine would handle it.”

But once Eben started sewing, his fears were quickly assuaged. “[The machine] went through it like butter,” he laughed.

Throughout the process Eben was meticulous in his planning so everything would come out just right, carefully adding zippers around the whole frame and installing fasteners one at a time to ensure a perfect fit. The close attention to detail really paid off and the finished dodger looks great. Genevieve wrote on their blog that the dodger “gives our boat a whole new feel.”

DIY Aboard S/V Necesse

Eben’s sewing set-up in his friends’ office

Eben said the most challenging part of the dodger project was the surroundings he had to sew in. Having a small space to sew a large project meant having to roll the Strataglass to sew while being careful not to scratch it and sewing slowly to make frequent adjustments.

“Not having a huge space and not having an even plane with your sewing machine to sew on [was a challenge],” he said. “It’s feasible but it’s not like having a sail loft to work in.”

Eben has a long history with DIY and sewing especially. He started sewing when he was just 10 or 11 years old because his older brother had taken up the hobby. Together they started sewing their own snowboarding gear.

He says he’s always had a DIY spirit and a drive to learn new things.

“People say I have a lot of talents, but I don’t. I just think I can do anything,” Eben said. “If someone else is doing it, I want to figure out how to do it, too.”

Eben eventually fell away from sewing until he and Genevieve were living in Miami working on their boat refit. There he met a guy with a canvas shop who hooked him up with a Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1 Sewing Machine and Eben started sewing for the boat. He made their bimini and all new cushions for their salon.

He now describes his Ultrafeed Sewing Machine as his “number one tool.”

“Every day I use it I’m impressed,” he said.

One of the features Eben really likes about the Ultrafeed is that it doesn’t draw a lot of energy, so he can run it off his Honda generator. He frequently takes the generator and the Ultrafeed out to the beach to sew.

“The Sailrite weighs more than the generator, so that says something about quality,” Eben said, laughing.


Fitting the fabric on the frame

Having his sewing machine onboard also means that he frequently gets requests from other sailors to sew projects for them. He recently made “bat wing” boom awnings for cruising friends and has plans to help a neighbor with a dodger. Aside from helping fellow cruisers sew boat projects, he’s never sewn officially as a job.

Eben said he focuses his efforts on projects for their own boat.

“It gets expensive being in the boating world,” he said.

Eben’s two other go-to tools for his canvas projects are the Pres-N-Snap Tool and the Sailrite Edge Hotknife.

“Those are amazing,” he exclaimed.

Eben described how he would carefully and meticulously hem all the edges of Sunbrella projects before having a hotknife to ensure none of his edges would ravel.

“The hotknife is the best thing available for sewing. Having the hotknife saved me 6-7 hours of work on the dodger and really put my mind at ease that nothing would unravel,” he said.

DIY Aboard S/V Necesse

The finished dodger during a sail

Eben shared his advice for other DIY sailors looking to sew their own canvas projects.

“Think you can do anything,” he said.

Eben also recommends careful planning and being methodical in your approach.

“Waste time over planning,” he said. “You know how they say ‘measure twice, cut once’? I’m more measure seven times, cut once.”

He also recommends taking advantage of all the sewing resources available online and over the phone.

“Use the assets available—use Sailrite’s customer service,” he said. “Sewing can be a pain when things go wrong but you can be on the right track again with just a phone call.”

To learn more about Eben and Genevieve and to follow their cruising journey, visit their blog, It’s a Necessity or follow them on Facebook & Instagram (@sailing_necesse).


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