How to Sew a Trolling Motor Cover

SKU: X-HT-300668



Keep your boat's electric motor protected when you're docked or during the off-season with a well-made, durable motor cover. This is an easy and quick beginner project that you can knock out in an hour or so. Even if you're new to sewing, you'll be able to tackle this project with confidence with our complete tutorial video and detailed materials and tools list. Let's get started!

You can see how the shock cord in the sleeve cinches the cover tightly and keeps it in place on our electric trolling motor.

This trolling motor cover uses just a handful of materials and tools. First, you'll need a quality outdoor cover fabric. We have a variety of reliable, industry-leading brands to choose from, including Odyssey, Sur Last, Top Gun and Top Notch. For our trolling motor cover, we chose Top Notch 1S. A bungee cord in the sleeve keeps the cover cinched in place.

We're sewing our trolling motor cover on the Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LSZ Sewing Machine. This is our industrial-strength, portable sewing machine that sews both straight and zigzag stitches. The Ultrafeed is ideal for canvaswork, sewing sails, home and auto upholstery, outdoor patio projects, and more. If you're interested in an Ultrafeed machine, check out our blog "Why Choose an Ultrafeed?" (#300330XHT) to learn more about our powerful, proprietary sewing machines.

Watch the video below to learn how to make your own boat motor cover. Then refer to the materials and tools lists below the video to know which supplies you'll need to make your own high-quality motor cover.

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Video Chapters:

  • Intro - 0:00 min.
  • Cutting Fabric to Size - 0:35 min.
  • Sewing Hem & Sleeve - 3:20 min.
  • Sewing Top Plate to Skirt - 6:12 min.
  • Adding a Top Stitch - 14:39 min.
  • Materials & Tools List - 19:58 min.

Materials List:

  • Top Notch® 1S Cappuccino 60" Fabric - SKU: 121808
  • Shock Bungee Cord White With Black Marker - SKU: 29303-018-10
  • PremoBond® Tex 90 Black UV Bonded Polyester Thread 4 oz. (1,350 yds.) - SKU: 123338

Tools List:

  • Tape Measure 120" - SKU: 102986
  • Professional Stainless Steel 10" Scissors - SKU: 123615
  • Clear Acrylic Ruler 6" x 24" - SKU: 102400
  • Scribe-All® Black Marking Pencil for Vinyl - SKU: 121977
  • Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LSZ Walking Foot Sewing Machine (100-230V) - SKU: 300600
  • Sailrite® Ultrafeed® Industrial Sewing Table - SKU: 120934
  • Fabric Edge Match Pliers - SKU: 123498
  • Seamstick 1/4" Basting Tape for Canvas & Upholstery (36 yds.) - SKU: 122065
  • Magnetic Sewing Guide - SKU: 102983
  • Sailrite® Edge Cordless Hotknife 18V Package - SKU: 122177