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    First DIY: Straps

    Finally got around to making straps from some digi. camo 1.5" polyester material I picked up from BWDD. Ended up making 9 foot straps and did the "x-box" stitch when forming the loops. They aren't cleaned up and pretty yet as I wanted to test the stitch out to make sure it held (1 over night on them, no problems )



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    That was my first DIY project as well. That was three years ago, now I really have the bug. I haven't done a lot of DIY, but I sleep outside probably 200 nights a year or more. Enjoy, go with the fun, the creativity, the comfort. They are all part of the experience.

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    Very nice.
    Another take on how to make tree straps can be found here:
    http://gear-report.com/how-to-make-d...e-straps-myog/
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    Very fine straps, indeed! Me likes! Good job!


    For anyone else getting ready to make tree straps, I've also posted a video documenting my DIY adventure into making 'em. It's here: http://www.youtube.com/user/creative...11/8ZAi4oi7H4M

    I can't wait to see what other DIY projects you tackle!

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    Great work Otis (does anyone else think of Animal House when they say that name?). I've done a set of these and they look no where near as nice as yours. Jeff's (rjcress) and Kayt's are great examples and I learned a lot from both of them. Otis, you'll get hooked on DIY which I guess is a lot better than other addictions.
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    That's a nice project to start with! I'm sure there will be a couple of more projects -- just keep on using your thread-injector, don't fear it!

    I myself did it pretty close to the way creativeKayt is punching the thread in besides that I am using very narrow zigzag-stitches for that extra percent of security almost allover .

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    Great job! I have yet to cross into the DIY realm. So many folks on this site to learn from when I get ready to take that plunge.

    Your straps look great. Bet it was a real confidence booster when you woke up and was still hangin' there in the morning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trinni View Post
    ... I am using very narrow zigzag-stitches for that extra percent of security almost allover .
    I thought I read somewhere that zig zag is only really useful when fabric stretch is a desired and expected outcome. otherwise, straight stitching is the ticket for gear making.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trinni View Post
    I am using very narrow zigzag-stitches for that extra percent of security almost allover .
    Quote Originally Posted by rjcress View Post
    I thought I read somewhere that zig zag is only really useful when fabric stretch is a desired and expected outcome. otherwise, straight stitching is the ticket for gear making.
    Narrow Zig-Zag = Bar Tack. Lots of climbing gear uses bar tacks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sclittlefield View Post
    Narrow Zig-Zag = Bar Tack. Lots of climbing gear uses bar tacks.
    I read "narrow zig zag" to mean width of the stitch, as opposed to the distance between zig zags... if that made sense (width measured across the direction of the stitching, while distance between is measured along the direction of the stitching)
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