How to Make a Winch Cover

SKU: X-HT-102251



Winches are important pieces of equipment on sailboats that need to be kept clean and well serviced. To help keep your winches clean, why not cover them when not in use? A canvas cover on your winches can help protect them from rain, dust, UV exposure and other damaging elements. Winch covers are a project that you can easily make yourself and today, we’re going to show you how!

The winch cover design that we will make in the video features an inner shock cord choker, which helps to keep the cover from blowing off the winch. Winch covers are usually made from a Sunbrella® Marine Grade Fabric in the same color as your boat’s sail cover, bimini and other canvas projects. On our Islander 37, for example, we chose Sunbrella Jockey Red to match our cockpit cushions.

At Sailrite®, we carry complete kits that contain all the materials needed to make your own winch covers. Each kit contains enough fabric to make four 7 x 9-inch covers or eight 5 x 6-inch covers.

In this video you will learn how to measure your winches, pattern the fabric, and sew the covers together.

For those who would prefer written instructions, we also have a downloadable PDF. You can use the video, the written instructions, or even both to make your winch cover.

Winch Cover Instructions

  • Measuring & Patterning - 0:31 min.
  • Hemming Edges - 3:25 min.
  • Sewing Ends - 4:48 min.
  • Attaching Outside Cover & Choker - 5:37 min.
  • Sewing Top Cover - 7:04 min.
  • Adjusting Shock Cord - 10:02 min.
  • Materials List - 12:02 min.
  • Winch Cover Kit #103504
  • Seamstick 3/8” Basting Tape #129
  • Soft tape measure #102986
  • Soapstone Fabric Marking Pencil #102766
  • Sailrite® Edge Hotknife #103800
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Yardstick
  • Have you made your own winch covers? Do you have any tips for the process? Share your ideas in the comments!