The Sewing Room Classes

Join our sewing class and sail making workshop in Rhode Island!

Do you want to make your own sails? Repair them yourself? Or become a better sailor? We are offering two-day sail making workshops.

We also offer students the chance to learn how to fix, repair, and create their own cushions and covers. Whether you are looking to repair a broken snap or a rip in your canvas/vinyl cushions, we have the knowledge and tools to help.

You can also make custom fender / winch / hatch covers and a personalized recycled sail bag!

No refunds if cancelled 14 days prior to your scheduled class.
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Five types of classes we offer


Sail Making Workshop

In this course, you will learn how to design and make a headsail and a mainsail. This is a hands-on class. During this two-day class you and your classmates will layout, cut, and assemble a custom sail. Even if you don’t aspire to make your own sails, the hands-on experience and learning will give you the basic skills you need to repair your sails. Plus, by gaining an understanding of how shape is imparted into a sail, you’ll gain a greater comprehension of how to shape and trim your sails as a sailor.

Please note that each class has a maximum of four students

Day One

  • sailmaking overview
  • sewing machine basic operation
  • sail design
  • fabric selection
  • sail layout on the floor
  • cutting and broadseaming panels
  • fabricating and installing batten pockets

Day Two

  • cut and install patches
  • assembling and stitching panels
  • cutting the panel assembly
  • installing tabling and boltrope
  • installing cleats, rings, and headboard

Exterior Cushion Workshop

Make yourself an exterior vinyl boat cushion!

We’ll give you an overview of the machine usage, thread, foam, tools used, and we’ll give you templates to use.

You choose the color, and we’ll walk you through the steps of making your very own cushion.

Upon completion, you take your cushion home.

Learn to Make Your Own Fender Cover(s)

During this course you will learn to measure, cut, and assemble custom fender covers. Not only do fender covers protect the paint on your hull and shield fenders from UV rays, they add to the character and charm to your vessel.

Learn to Sew a Recycled Sail Bag

From grocery bags to weekend getaway bags, there is an endless need for everyday tote bags, so why not create your own zippered, customized, weather resistant bag made from sails! It’s no secret these type of bags sell for a pretty penny at boutique shops. After all, they are a made from superior materials, hand crafted and are extremely durable, but now you have the opportunity to learn, design and create your very own custom recycled sail bag!

This beginner/intermediate course will go over the basics and improve upon you sewing abilities. Once you conquer this traditional tote style, you will be able to venture on to creating different sizes and styles.

Learn to Sew a Winch Cover and Hatch Cover

During this course you will learn to measure, cut and assemble custom winch and hatch covers. Our instructor will be with you ever step of the way as you sew your way to custom winch and hatch covers.

We will be using an industry leading fabric called Sunbrella. This material is UV/element resistant and will stand the test of time. If we don’t have the color you want, we will order it. This course is beginner friendly, so no sewing experience is required!

What our
students say

  • “I found the information on the background of sails, positioning, life of sails, materials used etc., extremely useful.”

    Bill O’Brien

  • “Francois was an excellent instructor. He is an expert in the art of sail making. I’m grateful to have an opportunity to learn from him. He was very patient with us though we probably weren’t anywhere up to his standards. I learned a lot about sewing in general. Everything from the layout of material, stitches, sewing machines, fabrics, sewing tools and final finishing touches. I also learned the importance of broad seams in a sail to create the correct form for optimal sailing. I appreciate the theory and background he provided on the topic too.”

    Diane Worrell

  • “Francois was fantastic. I really enjoyed listening and working with him.”
  • “I thoroughly enjoyed the class! It was my favorite so far especially because there wasn’t a quiz at the end. This class was for my personal enrichment as a sailor.”
  • “I found the sail making class choke full of information. Understanding sail trim, twist, jib car positioning, acquiring dimensions, designing of the sail, broad seaming….. The list goes on. This class will not only make you a better sailor, but you may even become a sail maker”

Students' Projects

Here are some of the things our students have created

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