How to Make Pirate Sails From Sheets

By Elyse James ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Black bed sheet (or other dark sheet)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Skull-and-crossbones stencil
  • Masking tape
  • White spray paint
  • Grommets (optional)
  • Hammer
  • Grommet tool
Install grommets in your pirate sail so you can hang it up.

Playing make-believe games just isn’t the same without dressing up and getting in character. The next time your kids decide to play a game of pirates, make them a pirate sail to hang up from their make-believe pirate ship. You don’t have to be an artist to create a pirate flag — a skull-and-crossbones stencil is all you need to create a perfect pirate flag. Pirate flags are typically black with a white skull; but if you don’t have an old black sheet, use a dark color like red for the same effect.

Fold your sheet in half and cut off the excess material so you have a perfect triangle shape. Use pins to secure the open edges together, then use your sewing machine to sew along the perimeter of the triangle.

Lay your triangle flag on a flat work surface and center your skull and crossbones stencil on the flag. Use a bit of masking tape to help secure the stencil to the surface of the flag.

Shake up your can of spray paint and spray inside the stencil, making sure you don’t go outside the lines. Spray six to eight inches away from the surface of the fabric for a nice even coating.

Remove the stencil and let the paint dry overnight.

Cut small, circular holes in the fabric where you want to place your grommets. Insert the protruding grommet pieces through the holes, and place the grommet rings on top. Use a hammer and grommet tool to pound the grommets in place.

About the Author

Elyse James began writing professionally in 2006 after deciding to pursue a career in journalism. She has written for "The Algonquin Times" as a general assignment reporter and published blogs and articles on Webcitybeat. James holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Ottawa.