You might try strapping tape for edge reinforcement - it's very strong, but I don't think the adhesive is very waterproof, so put it on the under side. Using 2 mil will work, but treat it gently. It's a good choice for a prototype. You could also not use any tape; just tie a piece of string around a smooth pebble wrapped in the tarp material for each tie-out. I don't understand how you would use flagging tape - it doesn't have any adhesive, and it's not strong. You're thinking along the right lines for a prototype. Try it, and let us know how it goes.
Originally Posted by linxdev
My sewing skills are crap. First, I don't really have a machine. I have this machine that is odd and runs on 4 AAs. It is not good for what we do here, but all I got for now.
I've been doing some things to practice. I'm going to make a square tarp (diamond config) out of some 2mil drop cloth I had left over from painting a bedroom. 2mil is the thickest you can buy at Home Depot not in a roll. Everything else comes in rolls and about $20. I never used this material when painting.
My idea is to use this to mockup a 7.5'x7.5' tarp. I'm thinking of using flagging tape as the edging. I can get fluorescent colors at HD. I found black at http://www.tapebrothers.com
I'm not expecting to use this tarp that often. I want to do this so I can get the feel and practice. It may even be somewhat a usable tarp.
comments or ideas?
If you are in Buford, GA and want to bring me a machine I would be much obliged.