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February 27, 2024
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Patuxent Small Craft Center

Calvert Marine Museum
14200 Solomons Island Road S

Solomons, MD 20688
410-326-2042, ext. 8083
Tuition Fee: $35 / Tools and materials fee: $55
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Maritime Course: Make your own Sailor’s Ditty Bag

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Craft your very own classic sailor’s ditty bag during this 8-hour course. A ditty bag is designed to hold the tools for repairing sails and canvas items on vessels. By the end of the course, you’ll have a finished basic ditty bag and possess the skills and materials to personalize it and make it uniquely yours. Classes will meet at CMM’s Patuxent Small Craft Center on Tuesdays: February 27, March 5, March 12, and March 19, 2024. The class is limited to six adults, ages 18 and older.

No experience is needed; however, hand sewing is a physical activity requiring a moderate level of dexterity, hand strength, and stamina. Students are expected to complete 1-2 hours of sewing at home, in between sessions, to keep up with the class.

The following traditional tools and materials will be provided. Students will keep their tools following the class (hopefully in their ditty bags!)

  • sailmaker’s palm
  • sailmaker’s hook
  • fid
  • sailmaker’s needles
  • one yard #10 (13-14 oz.) cotton duck canvas
  • polyester sail twine
  • tarred marline
  • 10 ft. ¼” manila line
  • beeswax

Students will need to bring to class a sharp pair of scissors and a mechanical pencil.

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