Aug 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm #1292898
I've been lurking for several weeks and just started my first MYOG project last week. I ordered 7 yards of grey silnylon seconds from Quest Outfitters and used the Nightwing TarpTent as a rough outline.
My wife graciously let me use her aging Necchi sewing machine (it is a PITA to work with) and I set to work in the evenings measuring, cutting, stitching, and crying.
Below is the fruit of my labor.
The silnylon became much easier to work with as I got used to it. Luckily, my wife had a walking foot in her sewing stash and it was a godsend when working with the slippery silnylon.
For those of you on the fence about starting a project, DO IT. It is within your reach. Just take small steps and you'll get there.
MattAug 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm #1902088
Ken T.BPL Member
Welcome! and congratulations! MYOG is addictive. First of many projects and posts I hope. BTW I adore my aging Necchis.Aug 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm #1902093
@glacierramblerLocale: NW Montana
This looks excellent. What are the tarp dimensions? And is that a catenary cut ridgeline? It pitches very taut.
My first MYOG project was a tarp, and I've been fortunate enough to enjoy using it on trips this summer. And MYOG is quite addictive. I have a half dozen projects in mind already. Now to find the time for sewing and extra cash for materials.Aug 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm #1902099
The ridge is cat cut, about 3 inches of deflection. The ridge line length is 10' and the base is 7 feet. The height of the side panel is 4 feet at the front and 3 feet at the back.
It does pitch pretty taut. I am considering adding tie outs midway between the corners. I am starting a bivy sack tomorrow. I was feeling pressure to get these two projects done for a trip next weekend.
It was very gratifying to pitch the tarp for the first time. I am looking forward to many projects to come.Aug 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm #1902111
Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
That looks good!
Overhang at head end should provide rain protection. Your ridges look really good, should be good in wind.
"I was feeling pressure to get these two projects done for a trip next weekend."
Danger – overly hurrying can lead to poor reasults as described on another threadAug 12, 2012 at 9:07 pm #1902179
@glacierramblerLocale: NW Montana
My tarp took days of nothing but sewing (luckily, I'm a teacher, so some time off in the summer is not out of reach). I'd second the not hurrying part. There were several times that I made a serious error, stopped, backtracked, and started over. Yes it added many, many hours to the project, and yes, I had to take the TarpTent out when I would have preferred the tarp, but it was worth it in the long run.
Now I'm done, and I have something that I'm really proud of. It's not MLD quality sewing, but it should hold up in any conditions I would need to deal with.
Anyway, I'm excited to see what else you contribute to the MYOG side of BPL. In my opinion, it's the best thing the site has going for it.Aug 13, 2012 at 5:27 am #1902222
I'm well aware of the dangers of rushing headlong into something with an unrealistic timeline. I do my best to avoid it. I never really rushed with this project as I had the option of taking my old standby tent on the trip. If things weren't progress, I could just set the project aside and head out anyway. Luckily, everything was very straight forward and I have a helpful wife that kept pointing me in the right direction. Another thing in my favor is I am off of work for two weeks = tons of discretionary time to execute the project.
Thanks for the welcome and encouragement. I'm sure I'll have questions along the way.Aug 13, 2012 at 8:31 am #1902263
Daryl and DarylBPL Member
@lyrad1Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Wow, that thing pitches beautifully!Aug 13, 2012 at 9:28 am #1902286
Rob DalyBPL Member
@rdalyLocale: outdoors amap
She looks great. Nice design and pitch.Aug 13, 2012 at 11:48 am #1902334
I finished up seam sealing the ridge line and tie out points. I also used the scraps for a small stuff sack to hold the tarp, lines, and stakes.
All told, 11 ounces once everything is packed in the stuff sack. Packed in the stuff sack, dimensions are 10 inches by 2.5 inches. I can't believe how little volume it occupies.
I'm really happy with how this first project has turned out.Oct 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm #1919220
My tarp has exceeded my expectations. I've had it out for three trips now. The first two both involved rainy nights after which I woke up dry. Tis past weekend saw 40+ mph winds from midnight until late morning in the mountains. My friends tents were repeatedly flattened by the heavy winds and they slept cold if they slept at all. I, on the other hand, slept well with a two year old snuggled up with me under the tarp. One of the corner tent stakes did pull up at about 7am, but was easily fixed from under the tarp. I'm sold on the reality of MYOG.Oct 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm #1919347
Getting to test you designs against the elements is the best part! Congrats
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