It was way different than the sewing projects I usually work on. It was putting together a nylon tarp that my younger son wants to use with his hammock. He requested this as a Christmas gift.
Since it is to use while backpacking, it has to be very lightweight.
Above are the materials, 5 yards coated nylon, heavier reinforcing nylon, webbing straps and plastic D rings.
All was ordered online from DIY Gear Supply, a website that sells supplies to make your own outdoor gear and has instructions on how to do it.
I have had the stuff for about a month, but kept putting off working on it until the day before Christmas. I work better with a deadline.
This coated nylon was so slippery! Like sewing together live eels!
Lucky for me, my machine has a setting for hard to handle fabrics. See the red line and the shapes above it? When you choose that setting, a tiny pin comes up with the feed dogs on every stitch and helps grab the fabric to advance it for the next stitch.
I never thought I would need that setting but it really helped out on this project.
Now sewing reinforcements in the six corners...the white lines are chalk lines I marked to follow.
Hemming the sides...
Sewing on straps and D rings. From what I understand, this tarp gets strung up above the hammock, making a sort of a tent-like cover.
I did take several breaks but finisned up in plenty of time.
It's a huge thing!
He was happy with it and I enjoyed the challenge of making it.
This is unrelated...It had rained early in the day on Christmas Eve, but later the sun broke through for just a few minutes. It lit up the bare tree branches and they were so beautiful against the dark sky.
The camera just can't fully capture it (or maybe the photographer).