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    My DIY tarp

    So after humming and hawwing and asking questions here http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ead.php?t=7502 and getting ideas here http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ead.php?t=7485 I finally dove in and made my tarp.

    I decided to go for a winter style with closeable ends for stormy weather

    Here is my 210 D ripstop nylon fresh off the roll


    Heres my machine at work on the seams and hems



    Here is my flat felled seam that I stitched twice for strength



    My guy rope connections





    and the final tarp










    Im very pleased with how it came out

    Now I was wondering what others thought about some improvemtns on this could be. Like maybe some cat cuts or side pulls or any other ideas. I may need a couple fo days of prpoer field tests to see what else I want on it.
    Thanks all


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    Sorry, can't give you improvement ideas but wanted to say that looks awesome!!!!

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HitchHiking View Post
    Now I was wondering what others thought about some improvemtns on this could be. Like maybe some cat cuts or side pulls or any other ideas.
    I think generally speaking the time to put in cat cuts is before any of the stitching is done. You would need to redo all the edge work to put cat cuts in now. Straight edged tarps have a strong advocacy group here, particularly in the winter tarps. Playing with panel pull outs would certainly be a worthwhile process. Use something like the grip clips to set the position temporarily until you decide where you want them to be.

    Looks good.
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    NICE TARP!

    I'm a fan of side pulls on a winter tarp; just like the extra room. Rev is right, get some grip clips and figure out where you want them before you guess. Again, nice tarp!
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    Nice job and good looking tarp.
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    Nice Job on the tarp.
    What are the dimensions of it.
    I am waiting for my 1.1 silnyl (from OWF) to arrive so I can start one.

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    Awesome tarp, dude!

    The SWT not only has cat cuts, but it also has caternary darts to take up some of the slack near the doors. So, that would be another thing you could have done to make it more like the SWT.

    That said, just look at how close you got! The way the pictures look, you have a nice tight pitch and almost full coverage! I wouldn't be worried about adding any cat cuts or darts or anything because that tarp looks more than adequate as it is.

    If you need more room inside or just a tighter pitch for the wind, invest in some grip clips and put 2 on each side. Once you find the sweet spot, you have the option of adding panel pulls for a permanent tieout.

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    Very nice job. You should get lots of use out of it. I second all the comments and side pull-outs.
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    Great looking tarp! This is a project I haven't yet undertaken, but when I do, I hope my results are anything as good as yours.
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