How to Sew Rail and Lifeline Cushions


Everyone wants to be comfortable while cruising and sometimes small improvements can make a big difference. Adding cushions around pushpit rails and lifelines can provide a comfortable backrest as well as a nice place to cross the lifelines. Watch this new video to learn how to make your own!

Rail and lifeline cushions are simple, affordable, and an excellent project for even a new or beginner sewer. This video will show you step-by-step how to assemble rail and lifeline cushions with slit foam pipe insulation and Sunbrella Marine Grade fabric. The cushions are simple to install, slipping right over the rail or line and securing with Velcro and ties.

For added durability on lifelines, we recommend reinforcing the foam with a plastic hose (same diameter as the foam’s inner diameter) between the foam and the lifeline. This allows the foam to slide and rotate without being cut by the lifeline.


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How do you make your boat feel a little more comfortable? Leave a comment and tell us about it!

  1. rememberwhensewing said:

    Like the idea of the hose liner. I think this will be applicable to other projects, not just boats!

    • Nikki said:

      We’d love to see what kinds of projects you come up with! Thanks for commenting.

  2. I cannot either open or view free video’s that you send, also I cannot request a new catalog for 2013. When either are click on a screen comes up “Whoops! That didn’t go well” Comp Tool 0234 – something about Bing. Please help me. Thank You. Jane Brunotte

  3. Bernie Chaloner said:

    Excellent video clip on making lifeline covers. In fact all videos that you have produced are full of techniques and ideas.
    Thank you and keep them coming.
    Bernie Out There

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