Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Greenville, SC
Hammock: WBBB 1.1 SL
Tarp: DIY MacCat Clone
Insulation: NF Hotlum 15* Bag
MacCat Clone with Build Process (PIC HEAVY, BEWARE)
I have just finished my first DIY tarp! It was a grueling 3 days of work but I couldn't be happier with my results. I was going to create a tutorial, but now I see there already is one by BlackBishop. So I'll just post some pictures of the building process and explain a little. Also, let me know if you have any questions/criticisms. Enjoy!
Most of the materials used.
First I split my 7 yards of 1.1 Sil from Quest Outfitters in half.
Then I sewed the flat-felled seam along the ridgeline and ironed it nice and flat. I used binder clips to keep the Sil under control.
I created a template out of paper of only 1/4 of the tarp. I would trace around the template then flip it over for the other side, giving a "mirror" design.
I cut along my line with a fabric cutter thing; it looks sorta like a pizza cutter.
200D Oxford from Quest was used for the tie-out reinforcement. I sewed the right sides together with my patch of Oxford facing the opposite direction, then flipped it.
Then I sewed at 1" intervals starting 1/16" from my "flipped" stitch. This is the inside of the tarp tie-out. I also made my reinforcement patch larger so I could trim right up to the Sil when I was ready to sew the grosgain in.
Outside of the trimmed reinforcement tie-out.
Here is the sewing on the 3/4" grosgain, which wrapped around the edge of the whole tarp. I used two rows of stitching for looks and extra strength.
3 1/8" long nylon webbing strips 3/4" wide were used with 3/4" D-rings, also from Quest Outfitters.
Triple bar-tacked nylon pull-outs were sewn into the very corner of the reinforcement patch, making sure the pull-out was also connected to the grosgain edge.
Back of pull-out detail.
After all this was done I seam-sealed 3 times (couldn't tell if it was working right?) and made fixed-eye loops for the guylines (made of 1.75 mm Utility line, thanks AHE). Then set her up for the first time! Here it is, all finished:
Mason line prusiks were spliced and a #1 S biner used for my tarp to RL connection.
In the stuff-sac next to my Nalgene.
Final weight with the MSR Needle Stakes (4): 15.06 oz.
Well there you have it! Hopefully this will inspire someone out there to create a tarp of their own.
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
That is a thing of beauty. I wish I had the patience to sew... Or the money to buy from the cottage retailers.
maybe I'll get my mom into hammocks she's good with a sewing machine!
Quality work! Thanks for sharing.
Dutch: Hammock is probably more weight but who wants to lay on the ground? I pee on the ground.
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Upper Black Eddy, PA
Hammock: warbonnet BB 1.1 single layer
Tarp: Zpacks cuben fiber
Insulation: cottage down
Suspension: whoopie, Flyz, CRL
that is BEAUTIFUL!!
Chicky, that is one beautiful functional work of art! i am SO impressed! it's folks like you that made me buy a sewing machine - er - i mean - thread injector!
thank you so much for sharing!
who learns will love and not destroy
the creature's life, the flower's joy
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Clemson SC
Hammock: 11'WBBB Multicam
Tarp: Big Mamajamba w do
Insulation: Leighlo UQ X 2
Suspension: Adj webbing
Thats really Nice!!!
Hey Chicky do you do work on the side?
Very nice! I plan to attempt my first tarp soon. I am having trouble finding or figuring out basic pattern with cat cuts. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Boston, MA
Hammock: WBBB 1.1 Dbl
Tarp: MacCat Deluxe Sil
Insulation: Homemade Down qilt
Chicky, glad to see you got this post all up and organized - the tarp looks great! 15 oz is certainly plenty respectable, and it looks like that tarp is going to last you many, many hangs. Enjoy the handiwork and get out on the trail .
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Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
Tarp: DIY DWR nylon
Insulation: DIY pad
That is super nice. Very professional.
An emergency of my own making...is still an emergency.
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