Repairing Tent Velcro

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Sew a loose piece of velcro back into place on your tent.

A loose piece of velcro can leave your tent prey to the wind. Sew it back on using a whip stitch.

While you can glue a piece of velcro back into place, some adhesives may cause the tent material to become brittle and tear. Sewing is a simple alternative.

In addition to velcro, this procedure works for sewing almost any other fabric component of the tent back into place.

Edit Step 1 How to Sew a Whip Stitch  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 How to Sew a Whip Stitch  ¶ 

  • Align the two pieces of material you will be stitching together.

  • Thread your needle and tie a knot in the end of the thread.

    • We'll use a bright-colored thread for better contrast, but you may want to select a thread that matches the color of your fabric.

  • Drive the needle into the bottom layer of material from the back side.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Pull the needle through the bottom layer of material.

  • Pull the thread taut.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Drive the needle down through the top and bottom layers of fabric, close to where the needle came up.

  • The distance between where the needle comes up and goes down will be your stitch length. The smaller the stitch length, the more stitches required—and the stronger the seam.

  • Pull the thread taut on the backside of the bottom material.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Continue bringing the needle up and down through both layers of fabric, as in steps 2 and 3 of this guide, working your way around the material.

  • If you are using this stitch as a repair where a stitch already exists, be sure to overlap the existing stitching by several stitches to help prevent it from unraveling.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • For the final stitch, come up from the back of the bottom material once again.

  • Draw the needle between the two layers of material through the stitch closest to where the needle came up.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Slowly start to pull the thread taut. As you pull, you will see a loop form.

  • Draw the needle through the loop.

  • Pull the thread taut, forming a knot.

  • Repeat the process of driving the needle up from behind, drawing it through the stitch, and pulling it through the loop as described in steps 5 and 6 of this guide one more time.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Ensure that the stitches are tight.

  • Cut any remaining thread, and admire your handiwork.

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If you remembered to pack a needle, but forgot a spool of thread, and a field repair is in order: go see whether you packed any dental floss. If so, you have some hardy thread indeed, and if you bought the green minty kind, you may discover a whiff of mint now and again emanating from your repair site. I try to remember to buy the old string type of floss rather than the newer kind with flat bits, but if your needle has a big enough eye, you can thread either sort. Careful now, too thick a needle may give you threading holes larger than you want. If the repair is in a location that may leak, there are a wide variety of different things you can use to seal your sewn repair and enjoy a drier tent interior. As my preference is for canvas tents over nylon, I use beeswax, but I think a silicone spray would nicely seal a repair to nylon.

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