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    Very Very nice !

    I suggest side pullouts too. They really make a huge difference with the damp/sag factor, and take it from me, they are very helpful when the wind is roaring as well!!

    Great job!

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    I think side pullouts is a great idea as well. That thing looks sweet, love the color too. Wish I had the skills to do that .


    TY

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    Thanks for the great comments everyone

    Seems like side pulls are a popular suggestion and thats what I was thinking would be. Cats would be possible more work then I really need as it goes up pretty well. I was thinking of it more as a weight saving thing but it wount be hardly enough to notice. I think this is coming in at about 800 grams but have yet to get the official weight will wait till I get my shock cord tensioners and looks like the side pulls on
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    Quote Originally Posted by atison View Post
    A few questions as I am looking to make a simple tarp.

    1. Is yours a basic rectange joined down the ridgeline?
    2. Where did you get the fabric and how much?
    3. Did you just simply hem the edges and join the middle?
    4. What method did you use down the middle?


    Good work.
    Cheers mate,

    To answer your questions

    1. Yes its two peices of fabric they had jsut enough left to make it 3.6meters long joined at the ridgeline.

    2. I got it from a Outdoor Supplies store in Sydney . I work in the industry and got workers prices but I think they retail here for 15 aussie a meter. probs much cheaper in the states.

    3. yeah I Hemmed the edges as usual but in the middle I used a flatfelled seam which I stiched twice as you can see in the pic to keep it from popping up.This is hold the two peices of fabric. Ray Jardines book has a good write up on making tarps and I followed his stitched for most barring the second stitching on the seam I did. Ed speer has a good write up about making a tarp in his hammock camping book. Bother were great helps as was just jeffs page, neat to see all the different ones. http://www.tothewoods.net/HammockCampingDry.html and of course every one here is awesome

    4. I think 3 covers this but yeah the flat felled seam. works the treat, seam seal the under side



    hope that is a help Atison

    BOB1520,
    the total dimensions are 360cm long and 298cm wide as I lost two cm width from the hems and middle join.
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    Nice work

    BC

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    The flat felled seam is demonstrated in one of the 'We Don't Sew... We Make Gear!" vids.
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    Just finished the stuff sack.

    Im impressed with its size and the weight comes in at 900 grams, not to bad.
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    That looks exactly like a Claytor MH stuff sack. Very nice craftsmanship though for sure.

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    Thanks very much mate, its a peice of an old coleman tent fly that I got from my work for free. heaps of water proof material now.
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    Excellent looking tarp!!

    What is the spacing for the panel pull tie-outs along the bottom?
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