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    New Member IADC43's Avatar
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    I made my first tarp!

    I was at Walmart and found some black ripstop with some sort of white backing on it. There was about 6 1/2 yards so I bought the lot and did it up. I figure it can be a black cat tarp, or a white cat tarp

    I took the bolt width and sewed a flat feld ridge seam. I wasn't sure what to do for the size, so I just measured back a foot and laid out a cat cut type design. The vertical edge curve was 3" offset at the center, the horizontal was 6" at the center of the arc. I bought 7/8" grosgrain ribbon and ironed it folded in half for the other edges after adding reinforcing material in the corners and the ends of the ridge line. Then I just sewed 1" flat webbing for tie straps.

    Tarp is approx 10'x10' less the cuts.

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    Senior Member Brute1100's Avatar
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    That's pretty sweet for just throwing it together..
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    Nice looking DIY there ! Have one of those on my list for some time.
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    Awesome DIY! Tarp is on my list and I'm keeping this thread tagged, thanks for sharing
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    Are you going to sil treat it? Great job. I'm so amazed at what some are lucky enough to find at their Walmarts. The only thing I can find, even online for them is the taslite.

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    I can't seem to find any decent outdoor type fabric at my walmart.
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    Senior Member Mountnman's Avatar
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    Looks like a professional job! Very nice!
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    I can't find any ripstop anything at my Walmart either... I'm sure I'd try making all sorts of things.

    I really like the contrast of black and white. Black can help soak in heat, white can reflect it.

    Also white will camo you in the snow.

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    Senior Member Lupus's Avatar
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    I wouldn't think that standard ripstop would be waterproof.
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    That looks great. Reversible for summer or winter... I think I might have the check for some. Cost & weight?

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