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Kyle Purcell
(dufus934) - F

Locale: North Texas
easy shelter design on 09/18/2007 12:34:19 MDT Print View

Hey all,

I'm wondering where i could go to find a VERY easy shelter design. I have made many stuff sacks and am happy with my results. I want to try an easy design first to get some seams down and show my self i can (as this will be my first attempt at my shelter). Any designs will be helpful, but i have seen the design on six moons and i want that to be my next attempt. However i want to try something easier first.

mark henley
(flash582) - F
Shelter Design on 09/21/2007 11:53:19 MDT Print View

There's nothing quite as easy as making a tarp for a shelter ..... it's a great second project.

Ryan Stoughton
(TxTengu) - F

Locale: Seattle
Ray-Way Kit on 09/21/2007 12:24:16 MDT Print View

I made one of Ray Jardine's tarp and net tent kits a while back and found it fairly simple to make. I had only sewn a couple of stuff sacks and one of his quilts before, but I made it through the project with limited amounts of frustrations and cursing. All of which were material based. (Sil can be somewhat frustrating to sew with at first until you get the hang of it.) I've found all of Ray's kits to be excellent in quality of materials as well as instructions. And it's pretty hard to beat the prices!

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
easy shelter design on 09/23/2007 21:08:45 MDT Print View

Part of's premium is a series of projects for MYOGers wishing to turn 5 yards of fabric into a stuff sack, tarp and backpack.

I followed the author Jay Hamm's quality directions and successfully sewed a nicely featured tarp which turned out to be both durable and functional.

Other possibilities are free tarp plans for Henry Shires Tarptent ( and Ron Moak's Nightwing Tarp (

Ben Strickland
(ben_strickland) - F

Locale: Georgia
Rectangular tarp on 09/24/2007 14:33:33 MDT Print View

About the easiest shelter I know to make is a simple rectangular tarp. If you know how to sew a flat-felled seam then you should be good. I made one as my first shelter. All it takes is a flat felled seam down the center, some hemming around the edges, and some bar tacking of webbing tie-outs on the ridge and corners.

Apart from that I highly recommend Ray Jardine's tarp kit. Not only does it provide you with all of the materials you need at a reasonable price, but his instructions are absolutely unbeatable.