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    I Learn So Others Can Too FireInMyBones's Avatar
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    DIY 8'x10' Tarp w/ Doors

    Here are some photos from my latest DIY project: my first tarp!

    I started with a paper model:


    Then I went to Phoenix of Anderson (a local warehouse/ distributer of fabrics) and bought 7 yards of 45" wide silnylon, a pound of black 3/4" grossgrain (around 73'), and a yard of 1.6oz (I think that's what it is) for $21.75. Silnet ran me $5.

    I trimmed the fabric so that everything was square and then drew guidelines for sewing:


    I then sewed a basting stitch down the ridgeline to make sewing the felled seam easier:


    My problem here is that I began sewing in the middle of the lines I had drawn rather than to one side. This made folding the felled seam difficult and lead to some consistency issues down the ridgeline, I will know what to do next time.

    Due to a measuring error on my part, I cut the second piece too long (better than the alternative):


    At this point I mark and cut out my tarp reinforcements (6"x6" squares cut diagonally for he tie out reinforcements, ~3" diameter (a tuna can) for the pullout reinforcements):



    I sewed on the reinforcements for the ridgeline:



    I then laid out some cardboard that I had drawn cat cuts on using the string method (doors: 2.5'x 2", body: 5'x3"):


    Then I sewed on the corner and side reinforcements:



    After setting the tarp up, I used some nickles and string larks-headed on the side of the tarp to find a clean looking point for the pullouts.

    Once I had the measurements (for the 10'x8' I went 40" from each side (1/3 of the length) and 20" down from the ridgeline), I began the sewing:




    Seam sealing took a while (I used Silnet):



    So...here it is set up. I think its pretty:



    From the inside (with my DIY Nano7/Snipe):


    Enjoying that feeling of...yeah, I did that:


    Final weight without tie-outs: 346g/12.15oz
    Last edited by FireInMyBones; 01-11-2012 at 06:53. Reason: Added weight and cat cut dimensions.
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    Dude ... awesome job! Bravo.

    (I need to work on some DIY skills.)
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    Great job dude! Man, now I really want to make one.

    Fronkey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turtle Creek View Post
    Dude ... awesome job! Bravo.

    (I need to work on some DIY skills.)
    Thanks. The best way to start is to find it cheap and go from there. Total material cost: $21.75 @ Phoenix of Anderson and $5 for the Silnet. (Original post updated).

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    Great job dude! Man, now I really want to make one.

    Fronkey
    That means a lot, Fronkey. Thanks.
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    That is SWEET! Well done, I like that you started with a paper model first and it looks just like it! Lord knows that my final tarp would not look anything like the model. Maybe because I'm a measure once and cut twice kind of guy!

    Great job!
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    I really like that! Great job man!

    Am I the only one who is seeing the avatars of everyone who posted in this thread are changed to one of the pics the OP put in his post? For example fronkey's avatar is currently the pic of the tie out being sewn. That's really odd... But funny!

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    Bravo You can't beat the price, or the excellent work you've done on that!

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    All right, I cut out all my shapes and just have to sew her up. I am only putting one set of doors on it because I'm going to give it to a friend. But, not before I use it Saturday night.

    You inspired me sir.

    Fronkey

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    Man, that tarp looks great. 27 bones and just over 12 ounces? Should be proud of that one!

    Cheers

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    That's awesome man. I'm getting ready to built a tarp with doors as well. I just wish my material cost was the same as yours!

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