May 10, 2016
In this tutorial article we will show you how to make your own winter tarp!
|Skill Level||Estimated Time||Estimated Cost|
Materials and Tools
|Materials Needed:||Tools Needed:|
|10 Yards Fabric||Sewing Machine|
|1/2 Yard Reinforcement||Scissors|
|14 D-Rings||Ruler/Tape Measure|
|8 Feet Grosgrain||Marker|
|Pattern Material (Optional)|
You can purchase the full kit HERE.
Step 1: First decide what length ridgeline you want your tarp to have. If you want an 11 ft ridgeline (plus doors) you will only need 9 yards of fabric so you can cut off the extra yard and set aside for your stuff sack and other projects. If you want a 12 ft ridgeline you will need 9 1/2 yards of fabric so you can cut off the extra half yard and save for your stuff sack and other projects.
Step 2: Spread out your fabric on a large flat surface. To save room and make things a little easier fold your fabric in half lengthwise once. Be sure that the fabric is nice and even then fold in half lengthwise again. Make sure the fabric is squared up all around so that when we cut it everything comes out as even as possible. Once you have it squared i suggest using clamps, pins, or something else to keep the fabric in place.
Step 3: If you want cat cuts on your tarp this is the time to cut them. For this build we did not use cat cuts since we were using Xenon Sil .9 which is a low stretch polyester fabric that doesn’t require them. If you’re using SilNylon cat cuts needed to get a nice tight pitch to your tarp. Below is a recommended drawing of what your cat cuts should look like. Keep in mind this is a recommendation. You may make your cat cuts deeper or more shallow to fit your needs.
Step 4: This is where we cut out the extra material needed to create the doors of the tarp. At the top of your tarp measure in 14 inches from the open end of your tarp. Be sure to measure in from the side that doesn’t have the big fold or you will end up with a bunch of small pieces of fabric after we cut into it. Make a mark at 14 inches and draw a straight line from that point to the bottom corner of the tarp (The pictures should help with this). After you have your line drawn we’re going to cut on that line and you will now have your 2 pieces of fabric for your winter tarp.
Step 5: Now we’re going to cut out reinforcment materials. We will need 10 triangles for tieouts and 4 rectangles for side panel tieouts. We need to cut them a little bigger so we have room to hem the edges. (NOTE: If you made cat cuts your triangle shapes may be a little different. Adjust accordingly) Triangle size should be 8 inches accross the bottom and 6 1/2 inches for the 2 sides. The rectangles should be 4 inches by 7 inches. To save on fabric you can align the triangles and squares so you don’t have a ton of waste (see pictures below).
Step 6: Now we can finally move on to the sewing machine. We’re going to do a rolled hem around the edges of the triangles and rectangles. If you need assistance with a rolled hem, refer to the picture below. For the 4 of the triangles you want to do a rolled hem on the bottom edge (8 inch side) only. For the other 6 you need a rolled hem on the 2 short sides (6 1/2 inch sides) only. The 4 with the rolled hem on the bottom edge will be for 4 corners and the other 6 will be for the ridgeline and pull outs.