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Nylon isn't always sold in the dimensions you'll need to make a tarp tent. Here's how to construct your own square.
just go buy a ground sheet that is for a squarish tent and use it. perhaps like the REI hobitat tent ground sheet. then the edges and seams are already done. some ground sheets are really cheap and they are waterproof already too.
This entire idea is not needed for a simple shelter. All you have to do is string a tarp (your choice of size) between two trees.
The main seam should be a french fell seam. Also worth mentioning, silicone coated nylon is capable of supporting flame.
These directions for the tarp pattern should have been included in the Sept 2008 mag with the rest of the article.
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