Out of Sails started in 2018 with an inherited sewing machine and some old sails I bought from Sail 4 Cancer to raise money for their charity. Each boat owner will keep their sails for a varying amount of time but one thing is for sure, if they are not recycled they will end up in landfill. By upcycling used sails and turning them into useful everyday items, I am doing my (little) part to help save the environment . I try and use as much of the sail as possible and even save any clips, shackles or lines, as you never know when these might come in handy!
Based in Fareham, Hampshire, The Solent is close by and it’s one of the busiest sailing areas in the UK hosting the infamous Cowes Week and Round the Island Race. I’m lucky to live and work in such a beautiful area.
I grew up in the West Midlands, so nowhere near the sea. In a moment of madness my parents, who had never sailed before, decided to buy a sail boat, a decision they would never regret. The boat was launched whilst my Mum was pregnant with me so I gained my sea legs before I was born!
Roll on a few years and I moved to Portsmouth to start working in the marina industry. I have owned two sail boats, a Jaguar 21 and a Feeling 286 both of which I skippered in the Round the Island Race.
Starting Out of Sails came by accident, my creativeness had been hidden away so I thought why not give it a go and see what happens! I made a few bags for friends who thought they were great and encouraged me to make more items. Their critique helped me develop the products I have for sale today.
I really enjoy making each of these products (I do have my favourites) especially when I have coloured sails to work with. Each one is unique with its own distinguishing marks and character. Unfortunately I’m not always aware of the history of the sail, however I like to use my imagination to wonder which oceans it has sailed. I do hope you like all of the products I make and if you would like a bespoke item then I am always happy to discuss.
Happy sailing 🙂