How to Make a Boat Wheel Cover Video

Item # X-HT-200670

It’s a boater’s mindset to cover and protect anything vital on board that could be damaged by the sun. Protect your boat’s steering wheel with an easy-to-sew wheel cover. We made this cover for the wheel on our Project Powerboat. This small cover adds extra sun protection for your wheel and doesn’t use much fabric, so it’s a great way to use up leftover Sunbrella®.

Finished wheel cover on our project powerboat.

Our wheel cover is tensioned with a sewn-in shock cord. When not on the wheel, it resembles a canvas shower cap. It is easily stretched over the wheel and stays securely in place.

This simple project is a great way to test out some trickier sewing skills like sewing boxing on a circular shape and working with shock cord. In the video you will learn how to measure your wheel for the cover, pattern the fabric, tension the shock cord and install the cover on your boat.

Video Chapters:

  • Measuring & Patterning – 0:25 min.
  • Sewing Elastic Boxing – 2:22 min.
  • Sewing Boxing to Round Cover – 4:15 min.
  • Tensioning Shock Cord – 6:27 min.
  • Materials List – 8:04 min.

Materials List:

  • Sunbrella® Marine Grade Fabric (we used 46” Tresco Birch #4696-0000)
  • 3/8” Seamstick Basting Tape #129
  • 3/16” Shock Cord #29303
  • V-92 Polyester or Tenara Thread

Tools List:

  • Soapstone Fabric Marking Pencil White #102766
  • Sailrite® Edge Hotknife Package (110 Volt) #103800
  • String, ruler, tape measure, scissors, sewing machine and screw driver