How to Make a Boat Fender Cover- Center Rope Style


Fenders are an important piece of equipment for your boat as they keep your boat’s hull from hitting the dock, or even other boats. Protect your fender from the elements and your boat’s hull from chafing with a soft cover for your fender. Fender covers are simple to DIY and a great project for beginning sewers.

There are many different styles of fenders and today we’re going to show you how to make a cover for a center rope style fender. If your fenders have a two-eyelet shape, you can see how to make a cover for those in our Making a Boat Fender Cover video.

To cover our fender, we selected Boat Blanket fabric in a soft gray color. This fabric is a plush, durable polyester spectropile fabric. It is UV and chemical resistant, colorfast and can easily withstand a marine environment while staying soft enough to not harm the side of your boat. Boat Blanket is safe to use against gel coat and other hard coated surfaces and will protect against marring or color transfer on your hull.

In this video you will learn how to measure your fender and sew your own boat blanket fender cover.


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This fender cover project was inspired by a customer, Sandra K., who sent us photos of her fender covers. We used a similar process to Sandra’s to create our cover. We love to see customer projects, thanks Sandra!


Fender Cover by Sandra K.

All the materials needed to make your own fender covers are available at

What did you think of this project? Have you ever made fender covers before? Share your experiences, opinions and ideas with us in the comments!

  1. I need some fender covers! Have just had my yacht vinyl wrapped and they say to get covers to avoid the fender rubber grabbing at the vinyl. Thanks for these tips, I might have to get the sewing machine out!

  2. Reblogged this on Astrolabe Sailing and commented:
    Need some of these covers for Wildwood, the vinyl wrap can grab on the rubber fenders.

  3. Tejas said:

    I’ve made fender covers from boat blanket based on an earlier Sailrite design. Similar to this design, the covers were gathered at the bottom. However, the covers tended to get wet from wave action and grew slim. Cutting off the gathering mitigated the problem, and the covers remained just as effective.

  4. ramblingrosebud said:

    I need new fender covers to cover ugly old blue fenders. I have a classic wooden catboat which is painted and read the blanket fabric may not be most appropriate. Is there another suggestion? I had been using polar fleece with fair success.

    • Nikki said:

      You can still use the BoatBlanket material. The issue that sometimes comes up with this fabric is that if it gets dirty it will hold sand and other debris, which can scrape your paint. If you clean the fender covers regularly, this shouldn’t be an issue for you. Hope that helps!

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