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    I've been reading quite a few threads in regards to the MacCat Deluxe, and have found a lot of info on BB's Black Cat as well, including the directions page. I love it! What a killer design!! HC4U, what are the chances of you helping me make one of these tarps if I buy all the materials and the beer?
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    It is too bad we live nowhere near each other. I am working on one right now and I am going to begin a larger version than the one I am making now. I have been working on the small one for a couple weeks. But I did take a week to make that Excel calculator for the BlackCat directions.

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    Bummer! I hope to talk HC4U into giving me guidance on this if he has the time and is so inclined. I'll keep ya posted (no pun intended)!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post
    I've been reading quite a few threads in regards to the MacCat Deluxe, and have found a lot of info on BB's Black Cat as well, including the directions page. I love it! What a killer design!! HC4U, what are the chances of you helping me make one of these tarps if I buy all the materials and the beer?
    I would be glad to help.
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    I made a cat tarp a while back. It is not too hard. Not the first sewing project I would take. But there are others who have and came out ok.

    I think if you take it slow, measure and pin everything, and make a good pattern it is not that hard.

    Let me know if you hve any questions. BB directions are really straightfoward though.
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    I also have a cat cut hex tarp under my belt.

    HE is right. This was a hard project. We would probably need to meet up and get some basic sewing skills down. Some snake skins or stuff sacks are pretty easy and can give you a good foundation for a project like a tarp.
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    Yes, Pin! This is very good advice. I didn't and I ended up getting really mad. Now I need to find my pins. I seems to have lost them.

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    Pinning the perimeter for the rolled hem is no big deal. After all it's on the edge so who cares if it leaks. You can probably to the flat-felled seam without pinning pretty well. Maybe use paperclips to hold it together till it gets real close to the needle. Even if you do pin it for the flat-felled seam you'll be sealing the completed ridgeline anyways.
    I made one out of DWR successfully and didn't think it was all that difficult. I've got Sil to make another one as soon as I can find the time to get it going. Sil may be a little more difficult since it's more slippery. The biggest problem I had was dealing with all bulk of material while sewing. BB has solved a lot of that by using the binder clips.
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    I didn't pin the GGR. To me it was easier to line it up and sew a few inches at a time. I did pin it to start and help hold it in place. I would pin the ridgeline seam. I didn't and mine did not come out the best.
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    Man you guys are really making it hard for me not to make my own. I am starting to feel funny. A strange voice in my head keeps telling me "Must Make Tarp, Must Make Tarp"
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